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  • Turkish greetings (hello, good morning, thank you,...)

    This page contains phrases and greetings in Turkish. It also helps if you want to learn small talk sentences such as hello, good morning, good night, good bye in Turkish.

    Most of the sentences below are used for greeting people, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

    If you don't know how to say a word then check the alphabet page which can be found on the menu above to get some help.

     

    enlightenedGrammar notes for beginners

    In Turkish, if you are talking to someone you do not know, you should call that person by the plural person pronoun which is also formal pronoun. Do not worry, it's not complicated at all.

    And unlike many other languages, there is no grammatical gender in Turkish. So there is no difference between he, she and it. There's only 'o', there are no words like am/is/are and "the", and no need for them.

     

    Turkish greeting

    Saying hello in Turkish is a little bit more complex , for there is more than one way of saying hello.

    Hello in Turkish

    English Turkish Pronunciation
    Hello! (may be formal or informal) Merhaba! /meɾhɑbɑ/
    Hello/Hi! (informal) Selam! /selɑm/ 
    How are you?  (formal singular or plural) Nasılsınız? /nɑsɯɫsɯnɯz/ 
    How are you?  (formal singular or plural) Nasılsınız? /nɑsɯɫsɯnɯz/
    How are you? informal singular) Nasılsın? /nɑsɯɫsɯn/
    How's it going? Nasıl gidiyor ?  /nasɯɫ ɟidijoɾ/
    What's up? Ne var, ne yok? /ne olujoɾ/
    What's up? (lit. what news?) , (very informal) Ne haber? (often pronounced like Naber?)


    How to answer a greeting in Turkish

    English  Turkish Pronunciation

    I'm fine.

    İyiyim

    /ijijim/

    Me too...

    Ben de...

    /ben de/

    Good/fine

    İyi

    /iji/

     

    Asking a question in return

    English  Turkish  Pronunciation

    And you?  (informal)

    -Ya sen?

    /jɑ sen/

    And you? (formal or plural)

    - Ya siz?

     /jɑ siz/

     

    Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night in Turkish

    English Turkish
    Hello! 
    Merhaba!
    Good morning! / Good Day!
    İyi Günler!
    Good evening!
    İyi Akşamlar!
    Good night!
    İyi Geceler!
    Welcome! (informal)
    Hoşgeldin!
    Welcome! (formal)
    Hoşgeldin!
    Good afternoon Tünaydın!

     

    Meeting (Tanışma)

    What is your name? in Turkish (informal-formal)

    English Turkish Pronunciation
    What's your name? (informal) Adın ne? /ɑdɯn ne/ 
    What's your name?  (formal or plural) Adınız ne? /ɑdɯnɯz ne/

     

     How to introduce yourself in Turkish?

    English Turkish Pronunciation
    Name Ad /ɑd/
    Surname Soyadı /sojɑdɯ/
    My name is...  Adım ...  /ɑdɯm/
    Nice to meet you.  (lit. I'm pleased) Memnun oldum /memnun oɫdum/ 

     

    Turkish honorifics

    enlightenedNote: Turkish honorifics come after the first name, unlike English Mr and Mrs. They are often translated as Bay (/bɑɪ/) and Bayan (/bɑjɑn/). Examples; Bay Ali, Bayan Emine

    Bey /beɪ/ (for men)
    Hanım /hɑnɯm/ (for women)

    Examples; Nihal Hanım, Mustafa Bey (Burcu and Ahmet are first names, not surnames)

    Thank you in Turkish (Teşekkür etme)

    There are many way of saying thank you in Turkish

    English Turkish
    Thank you  -Teşekkür ederim
    Thank you -Teşekkürler
    Thanks  (informal, singular) -Sağ ol
    Thanks  (informal, plural) -Sağ olun
    You're welcome  (lit. it's not a thing) -Bir şey değil
    You're welcome  -  (lit. it's not important) -Önemli değil
    Please  -Lütfen

     

    Good bye in Turkish (Vedalaşma)

    Like in hello and thank you, there are more than one way of saying goodbye in Turkish, but this time depending on situation. For this, rules are a bit complicated, some people can use English bye bye as a way of farewell. But it should not be used in formal situations, and you still have to learn Turkish ways of saying goodbye.

    English  Turkish Pronunciation
    Goodbye. (said by the remaining person to the leaving person) Güle güle  /ɟyle ɟyle/
    Goodbye (informal, said by the leaving person to the remaining person) Hoşçakal /hoʃtʃɑkɑɫ/
    Goodbye (formal, said by the leaving person to the remaining person) Hoşçakalın hoʃtʃɑkɑɫɯn/ 
    See you (later). (Sonra) görüşürüz  /ɟøɾyʃyɾyz/
    See you later. Görüşmek üzere  /ɟøɾyʃmec yzeɾe/

     
    Summary:

    We learned Turkish greetings, meeting, leaving small talk sentences and honorifics on this page with help of playable examples. Studying exercises will help the knowledge to remain. 

      

    Exercises

    Exercises on saying hello and thank you in Turkish

    Greeting exercises in Turkish