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Türkçe biliyor musun?

Türkçe biliyor musun?

 
 Interior of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul |  Photo credit:  Gary Arndt

Interior of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul |  Photo credit: Gary Arndt

 

Part of our preparation to leave for Turkey has been to study Turkish using Babbel. This method is less than ideal when compared to formal language study and immersion in a Turkish community, but we feel like studying some now will help prepare us for formal language study and will give us some ability to function once we arrive in Antalya. 

Before we began studying Turkish ourselves, neither of us had any idea what the language looked or sounded like. We figure many of you don't as well and so we thought we would take some time to show you.

To give you an idea what the language sounds like, take a look at this video. 

 
 

To give you an idea of what Turkish looks like written and to see what we are currently learning, here is a list of Turkish words and phrases with their English counterparts.

Merhaba - Hello.
Memnun oldum. - Pleased to meet you.
Senin adın ne? - What is your name?
Arkadaşları geliyor. - His/her friends are coming.
Güle güle! - Goodbye!

Teşekkür ederim. - Thank you very much.
Londra da İngiltere'de. - London is also in England.
Ayakkabılarım da yeni. - My shoes are also new.
İtalyanca konuşuyor musun? - Do you speak Italian?
İngilizce biliyor musun? - Do you know English?

Tatile gidiyoruz. - We're going on holiday.
Kaç yaşındasın? - How old are you?
Otuz dört yaşındayım. - I am thirty-four years old. 
Doğum günün kutlu olsun. - Happy Birthday.
Nereden geliyorsun? - Where are you coming from?

If the language looks or sounds overwhelming to you, it does to us as well. Having said that, we are encouraged by the fact that the grammar structure is very similar to Tagalog which is already making learning the language a lot easier than if we only spoke English. 

Please pray for us as we continue to learn, that our ears and mouths would be opened and that we would be able to pick up the language quickly. 

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