The Language

Turkish can be a difficult language for the English tongue to master, but we find that a few choice words here and there go long way when talking with locals. What of those odd characters in Turkish writing though? Even the name Çalış looks difficult to say. Well, the easiest thing to do is learn a few words phonetically and not worry too much about the individual letters. Also, some of the sounds in Turkish can be quite difficult for English speakers to say, so approximations can be used and will be understood. For example, Çalış should be pronounced as follows:

Ç - ch as in chair
a - u as in ugly
l - l
ı - er as in number
ş - sh as in shelf

but Cha-lish is a good approximation. Here are some words and phrases that you may find useful:

Greetings
Hellomehr-hah-bah
Goodbyegoo-leh goo-leh
Niceties
Pleaseloot-fen
Thank yousah-ohl
Yeseh-veht
Nohah-yihr
Oktah-mahm
Eating Out
Beerbee-rah
Red winekihr-mih-zir shah-rahp
White winebeh-yahz shah-rahp
Watersoo
Milksoot
Breadehk-mehk
Cheesepehy-neer
Chickentah-vook
Lambkoo-zoo
Beefsih-ihr
The bill pleaseheh-sahp loot-fen
Numbers
1beer
2ee-kee
3oooch
4derrt
5besh
6ahl-tih
7yeh-dee
8seh-keez
9doh-kooz
10on
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