Doing Business In Turkey

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Basic Turkish

Turkish is a Turkic Language spoken by approximately 70 million people. It is the official language of Turkey, spoken by around 90 per cent of the population as a first language. It is also an official language of Cyprus and is spoken by minority groups in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Romania as well as expatriate groups around the world, most notably in Germany.

Turkish uses a 29-letter variant of the Latin alphabet. It was introduced as part of Kemel Ataturk's cultural reforms in 1928, replacing the Arabic variant used during the Ottoman Empire and early years of the Turkish nation.

English

Turkish with English Characters

Turkish with Turkish Characters

Phonetic

Hello

Merhaba

Merhaba

mehr-hah-bah

Goodbye

Gule gule

Güle Güle

gew-leh gew-leh

Yes

Evet

Evet

eh-veht

No

Hayir

Hayır

hah-yuhr

How are you?

Nasilsiniz?

Nasılsınız?

nahs-suhl-suh-nuhz

Please

Lutfen

Lütfen

lewt-fehn

Thank you

Tesekkur ederim

Tes¸ekkür ederim

tesh-ek-kewr eh-dehr-eem

Sorry

Ozur dilerim

Özür dilerim

uz-urr the-le-reem

Mr

Bey

Bey

(as in "bay", an area of a sea)

Mrs/Miss/Ms

Hanim

Hanım

Hah-num

Excuse me

Pardon

Pardon

pahr-dohn

Cheers

Serefe

S¸erefe

she-re-fe

No problem (it's OK)

Birsey degil

Bir s¸ey deg˘ il

beer shehy deh-yeel

I don't understand

Anlamadim

Anlamadim

ahn-lah-mah-durn

 

Source - UKTI

 

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