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.
Grammar 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.
Saying hello in Turkish is a little bit more complex , for there is more than one way of saying hello.
|Hello! (may be formal or informal)||Merhaba!||/meɾhɑbɑ/|
|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?)|
And you? (informal)
And you? (formal or plural)
- Ya siz?
Good morning! / Good Day!
|What's your name? (informal)||Adın ne?||/ɑdɯn ne/|
|What's your name? (formal or plural)||Adınız ne?||/ɑdɯnɯz ne/|
|My name is...||- Adım ...||/ɑdɯm/|
|Nice to meet you. (lit. I'm pleased)||- Memnun oldum||/memnun oɫdum/|
Note: 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)
There are many way of saying thank you in Turkish
|Thank you||-Teşekkür ederim|
|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|
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.
|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/|
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