Start learning the most common Turkish phrases

Turkish is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the most happy language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic Turkish phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

There’s an infinite number of sentences in the Turkish language that make learning Turkish feel overwhelming. Let's stay optimistic. We have some good news: you only need to know a fraction of the total number of Turkish sentences to be able to speak Turkish fluently. For example, by knowing as little as 100 words you will understand 50% of any text in Turkish. That's right! You don't have to know the ins and outs of Turkish to have a real conversation with someone from Turkey.

The secret is to learn Turkish the smart way. Start with the most common Turkish phrases and expressions and build from there. Learning sentence after sentence, you’ll feel one step closer to fluency. Then, to lock the knowledge in, use the Turkish sentences you learned in real conversations. So, why not make the first step towards learning Turkish today? Let’s go over some common sentences in Turkish you can learn right now. These are just a fraction of the phrases spoken by native Turkish speakers you can listen to on Mondly, our high rated language learning app loved by millions of people around the world.

Top 10 Turkish phrases and sentences you need to know

We have prepared a list of common Turkish expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Turkish in no time. Let's dig in!

1. Günaydın. = Good morning.

If you find yourself in Turkey it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Turkish speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Turkish is "Günaydın".

Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:

Günaydın.

2. Tünaydın. = Good afternoon.

But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Turkey? Well, “Good afternoon” in Turkish is "Tünaydın".

Now listen to how a Turkish speaker would pronounce it:

Tünaydın.

3. Adım Bay Li. = My name is Mondly.

Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Turkey and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Benim adım Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in Turkish.

Listen to how a person from Turkey would pronounce this phrase:

Adım Bay Li.

4. Tanıştığıma memnun oldum. = I'm pleased to meet you.

Now that you have introduced yourself, a Turkish speaker would respond "Tanıştığıma memnun oldum" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Turkish.

Listen to a native Turkish speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:

Tanıştığıma memnun oldum.

5. Nasılsın? = How are you?

At this point it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Turkish.

It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:

Nasılsın?

6. Neredesin? = Where are you?

Turkish speakers are known to be really friendly, so it wouldn't be unusual to make a Turkish friend during your travels. But friends are sometimes late to meetings in which case you might have to call them and ask "Where are you?" in Turkish.

Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:

Neredesin?

7. Bir bira isterim. = I'd like a beer.

And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Turkey you might have to learn how to order a beer in Turkish.

Let a native Turkish speaker show you how it's done:

Bir bira isterim.

8. Özür dilerim. = I'm sorry.

There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say Özür dilerim" which means "I'm sorry" in Turkish.

Listen to how it's pronounced:

Özür dilerim.

9. Yakında görüşmek üzere! = See you soon!

This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Turkish to a co-worker from Turkey that you are probably going to see the next day.

Delight your senses with a Turkish speaker saying the phrase:

Yakında görüşmek üzere!

10. Güle güle. = Good-bye.

Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Turkish.

Here's how a person from Turkey would pronounce it:

Güle güle.
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Did you know?

Turkish people have a rich history and, over centuries, have developed different proverbs they use to this day. A very popular proverb is “Al elmaya taş atan çok olur” which is a legacy from periods of great unrest during the Ottoman Empire where war was on everyone’s mind. In English, this proverb translates to “Having no enemies means that you are out of luck” and it can be associated with the idea that by having power you will definitely have enemies.

Turkish people have a tight relationship with their family. One of the most popular ones related to Turkish families is “Baban nasılsa oğlu da öyledir”. This is the English equivalent of “Like father, like son” and reinforces the popular belief that parents greatly influence their children.

Turkish people are also renowned for their passion and determination that sometimes leads to hasty actions. That’s why a Turkish proverb states “Sabır acıdır, meyvesi tatlıdır” which translated to “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”.

The benefits of learning the most common Turkish phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Turkish was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in Turkish today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Turkish you will have the knowledge to start your first Turkish conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real life conversations to get you speaking Turkish in no time.

Become fluent in Turkish quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Turkish phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Turkish knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the Turkish language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Turkish phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.