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English Turkish
Hello Merhaba
Hello Günaydın
Good evening Iyi akşamlar
Goodbye Hoşça kal
Goodbye Allaha ısmarladık
See you later Görüşürüz
Yes Evet
No Hayır
Please! Lütfen
Please! Pardon
Thanks Teşekkür ederim
Thanks a lot Çok teşekkürler!
Thank you for your help Yardımınız için teşekkürler
Don't mention it Rica ederim
Don't mention it Bir şey değil
Ok Tamam
How much is it? Bu kaç para ?
How much is it? Ne kadar ?
Sorry! Üzgünüm
I don't understand Anlamıyorum
I get it Anlıyorum
I don't know Bilmiyorum
Forbidden Yasak
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Afedersiniz tuvaletler nerede?
Happy New Year! Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun!
Happy birthday! Doğum günün kutlu olsun!
Happy birthday! Iyi ki doğdun!
Happy holiday! Iyi tatiller!
Congratulations! Tebrikler!
Congratulations! Tebrik ederim!
Vocabulaire mémorisé
Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.

First contact

This course aims to give travelers the tools they need to quickly master essential expressions in Turkish for everyday situations, such as greeting someone, asking for directions, or ordering a dish in a restaurant. By the end of the course, learners will be able to communicate with simple words on their next trip to Turkey.
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How to Learn Turkish by Yourself? Start with an Easy and Free Online Course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly.

We suggest you start by memorizing words, phrases, and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.

Getting used to pronouncing words out loud, such as numbers, is an easy exercise you can practice often and at any time throughout the day.

This practice will help you get accustomed to the sounds of your chosen language, making it more familiar.

Once your holidays have begun, whether in Ankara, Istanbul, or elsewhere in Turkey, you will be surprised at how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.

Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It allows you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why Speak Turkish While Traveling?

A Country that Straddles East and West

At the crossroads of Russian, Mediterranean, Balkan, and Middle Eastern cultures, Turkish territory holds great importance in exchanges between these peoples, whether in economic, religious, or cultural matters.
This strategic position has favored the presence of a multi-ethnic population that has built the cultural and linguistic wealth of Turkey through the mixture of Anatolian, Ottoman, Western, and Oghuz cultures. Between tradition and modernity, this richness is manifested in the sumptuous architecture of palaces, mausoleums, and mosques, in its literature with authors such as Elif Şafak and Orhan Pamuk (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006), the finesse of its music, and the diversity of its gastronomy, rich in pasta, meats, fish, vegetables, and desserts.

Located mainly in Asia, the country is bordered by the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean. The Turkish territory also has lakes, forests, and two important mountain ranges.
While Ankara is the administrative capital of Turkey, Istanbul, the largest city, is the country's financial, economic, and cultural capital.

Make a Success of Your Stay in Turkey

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends on a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful than being able to slip in a few words in the language of your interlocutors. They will appreciate your effort and be more willing to help.

How to Succeed in Having Good Pronunciation Within a Week to a Month?

A Quasi-Phonetic Alphabet

As the official language of Turkey and Cyprus, Turkish is spoken by more than 70 million people.
To learn the correct pronunciation of Turkish, it must be taken into account that it is an agglutinative language with a widespread use of suffixes. Although the alphabet is quasi-phonetic (it is pronounced as it is read), with letters that almost always correspond to the same sound, the language includes a complex system of vowel harmony that organizes the depth, rounding, and aperture of vowels.

Pronunciation Guidelines to Get You Started:

  • The R is rolled, like the simple R in Spanish.
  • The L is always velarized as in English.
  • The K is pronounced as in French: it palatalizes before E, I, Ö, Ü.
  • The Ğ is not pronounced; it always appears after a vowel. At the end of the word or before another consonant, it lengthens the vowel that precedes it.
  • In Turkish, it is necessary to pronounce all the letters, as the junction of two letters does not create a new sound.

We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Turkish alphabet with audio.

Practical Tips for Learning Turkish

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by learning the Turkish alphabet and basic pronunciation rules. This foundation will help you read and speak Turkish more accurately.

2. Build Your Vocabulary

Focus on everyday words and phrases that you are likely to use. Flashcards and language apps can be very helpful in expanding your vocabulary.

3. Practice Speaking

Speak Turkish as much as possible. Practice with native speakers or fellow learners. Use language exchange platforms to find conversation partners.

4. Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in the language through Turkish media. Watch Turkish movies, listen to Turkish music, and follow Turkish news. This will help improve your listening skills and familiarize you with the cultural context.

5. Use Official Online Resources

There are many excellent official online resources to help you learn Turkish:

6. Take a Language Course

Consider enrolling in a language course with a qualified teacher. Personalized instruction can accelerate your learning and help you master difficult concepts.

7. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key. Practice Turkish daily, even if only for a few minutes. Regular exposure and practice will lead to steady progress.

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can start speaking and understanding Turkish in no time. Happy learning!

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Safina Zoiri :  Much appreciated for this program, it is really good one, I lived in turkey but unfortunately, I didn't have time to learn Turkish language in Turkey, I love this country and I want to learn Turkish language.
William Smiles :  Hi, A useful program with just one bug that I can find. When you are asked "She is out" or "He is out" the Turkish sentence is the same, as Turkish has no gender. In your program where both these options are shown at the same time and the Turkish sentence is shown twice, you should be able to pick either of the Turkish sentences and be correct. In your program one is definitely assigned to "He" and one to "She" meaning if you happen to pick the wrong one it is shown as a mistake - even though it is in fact correct. It is also true when going from Turkish to English - You have to get the right he or she. This just becomes a nonsense guessing game. It would be very confusing for anyone who was just learning Turkish / English for the first time. I suspect it would be very easy to correct. My Turkish is quite good and I struggled to complete this section because a seemingly wrong answer diminishes your score making it almost impossible to complete the exercise and get to 100%. Loecsen: thank you for your message. This problem is now solved.
Tomislav Crnkovic :  Merhaba, Hi! I start learning Turkish with this application and I like it very much, but when I want to learn numbers on Zero and two just looping numbers and never recognize and confirm the right answer. If you fix that app will be perfect! Many thanks for the effort and for helping people to learn language. Teşekkürler! Loecsen: We will correct this problem soon. Thank you for your encouragement!
Muhammad Umair :  Tesekkur ederim!excellent work...
Gideon :  Excellent start to the Turkish language. You still need to practice regularly, and learn the syntax.
Liza Fesakis :  This is a good way of learning on my own time. Now I can understand the series I watch on TV much better! Tesekkur ederim!
Zana :  I just started learn Turkish and I have to thank the guys who works on this website, thank you a lot.
Ebrahim :  Teşekkürler
Rana Rashad :  I like this site it's very helpful in teaching Turkish language! Thank you.
subhi :  I have been in Istanbul many times ,but I found that most of Turkish peoples don't know English ,so I hop this site will helped me to know some Turkish.
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