Turkish language is spoken by over 70 million of people in Europe and Asia. It is the official language in Turkey, and is also spoken by smaller groups of native speakers in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Central Asia.
Learning Turkish is easy! This website equips you with everything you need to know to make your first steps in learning this historic language. Learn basic Turkish phrases, commonly used Turkish words and Turkish verbs to build your first Turkish sentences, and explore the rich and authentic Turkish culture that dates over 10 centuries back.
Start learning Turkish for free by memorizing some Turkish words that you’ll be able to use in everyday conversations with native speakers.
|Navy||Lacivert||la jee vert|
|Orange||Turuncu||too roon joo|
|Brown||Kahverengi||kaah ve rengi|
|Monday||Pazartesi||paz ar tesi|
|Wednesday||Çarşamba||char sham ba|
|Thursday||Perşembe||per shem be|
|juice||meyve suyu||may veh soo yoo|
|soda water||soda||soh dah|
Learn most used Turkish phrases, Turkish greetings, popular expressions and phrases to help you get around and make yourself understood by native speakers.
|Good evening||Iyi Aksamlar||Ee-y-Ak-sham-lar|
|Good night||Iyi Geceler||Ee-Gejeler|
|Goodbye||Hosca kalin||hosh cha Kalun|
|I'm sorry/pardon||Ozur dilerim||urz urr dilerim|
|How much?||kac para||kach para|
|How many?||Kac tane?||kach taneh|
|How are you?||Nasil-siniz?||nass-uh sun uh|
|Is there any?||Varmi?||varmuh|
|Do you speak English?||Ingilizce biliyor musunuz?||engeeleejeh bill-i-yor mus-sun-uz|
|Thank you||Teskkur ederim||teshekur-ederum|
Turkish verbs are the key in building Turkish sentences and carrying on a conversation. Learn basic verbs. With easy Turkish conjugation, you’ll be able to use them straight away.
|To ask||sormak||To buy||satın almak|
|To close||kapamak||To come||gelmek|
|To cook||pişirmek||To do||yapmak|
|To drink||içmek||To eat||yemek|
|To give||vermek||To go||gitmek|
|To know||bilmek||To learn||öğrenmek|
|To listen||dinlemek||To meet||tanışmak|
|To open||açmak||To read||okumak|
|To run||koşmak||To say||demek|
|To see||görmek||To sell||satmak|
|To sit||oturmak||To smile||gülmek|
|To stand up||kalkmak||To study||öğrenmek|
|To swim||yüzmek||To take||almak|
|To talk||konuşmak||To teach||öğretmek|
|To understand||bilmek||To use||kullanmak|
Turkish culture is closely connected with the Turkish history, namely the glorious Ottoman Empire. This strong state, with the capital in magnificent Istanbul (former Costantinople, which used to be the capital of the Byzantine Empire), had dominated the European continent for centuries. Formed under the Ottoman Empire, where the sultans strived to modernize and westernize the country, and further modernized under the republic of Ataturk, Turkish culture and traditions are a unique mix of the Western and Eastern culture.
The Turkish architecture is most closely associated with beautiful Istanbul mosques. Yet, it was the Christian temple of St. Sophia (now referred to as Hagia Sophia) that became an architectural example and long-term inspiration for the Turkish architecture. These days, many Turkish mosques are still inspired by the style and proportions of the Hagia Sophia. On many buildings, one can see hand painted tiles of floral or abstract design – this is a traditional Turkish pottery. The tradition of hand painted pottery in a variety of bright colors and patterns emerged centuries back. Turkish pottery is now one of the symbols of the Turkish culture. Tourists from all over the world bring Turkish bowls, plates and cups, adding the touch of the Ottoman culture to their homes with traditional pottery.
Traditional Turkish cuisine consists of eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, grilled kebabs and yogurt sauces, all generously topped with Turkish spices. In the seaside regions of the country, fish and seafood are widely popular. The Turkish love good food, so you will be delighted at the good-size portions served with lots of fresh and marinated vegetables. Like other branches of Mediterranean cuisine, Turkish cuisine is largely based on marinated vegetables and olives, as well as wide variety of cheese. Olives and cheese are often served for breakfast, accompanied with fruits, vegetables and traditional Turkish coffee or tea.
With Istanbul being one of the top tourism destinations of 2014, Turkey is a very open and welcoming country, easy to get around and travel. It boasts a very modern transportation system, and a wide range of affordable accommodation options. Learning Turkish will help you gain better understanding of Turkey and its exotic culture.