Turkish Pronunciation

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The Eight Turkish Vowels
A,a - (Undotted Group) Play MP3 E, e - (Dotted Group) Play MP3
yasak prohibited evet yes
adam man ben I
ada island teyze aunt
 
I, ı - (Undotted ı) Play MP3 İ, i - (Dotted i) Play MP3
ılık warm bir one, a, an
ısırgan nettle ismim my name
ışık light/lamp iyilik goodness
 
O, o - (Undotted O) Play MP3 Ö, ö - (Dotted ö) Play MP3
on ten dört four
oda room ördek duck
orta middle özel private
 
U, u - (Undotted U) Play MP3 Ü, ü - (Dotted ü) Play MP3
uzun long üzüm grapes
upuzun very long ünlü famous
numara number ümit hope
 
Turkish Consonants which differ from English
C ,c Play MP3 Ç, ç Play MP3
cep pocket çekiç hammer
cacık yogurt with cucumber three
cimri stingy çiçek flower
 
H ,h Play MP3 J, j Play MP3
lahana cabbage müjde good news
hemen at once jale dew
sabah morning Japon Japan
 
S, s Play MP3 Ş, ş Play MP3
sıcak hot şerefe cheers
masa table şimşek lightning
ulus nation başka another
 
Ğ, ğ (soft g) Play MP3 Ğ, ğ (more soft g) Play MP3
ağa lord soğuk cold
dağ mountain eğer if
iğne needle öğle afternoon
 
Some Daily Words in constant use
Basics Play MP3 Understanding Play MP3
evet yes anladım I understand
hayır no anlamadım I do not understand
lütfen please tekrar again
merhaba hello yavaş slow
nasılsın how are you ne demek? what do you mean?
iyiyim I am well pardon excuse me
 
Shopping Play MP3 Eating Play MP3
ne kadar? how much? bakar mısınız! waiter!
ucuz cheap yemek listesi menu
pahalı dear hesap the bill
var there is kahvaltı breakfast
yok there is not akşam yemeği dinner
 
Directions Play MP3 Travelling Play MP3
nerede? where? ne zaman? when?
sol left hangi otobüs? which bus?
sağ right ilk first
düz straight on son last
burada here bilet ticket
 
Accommodation Play MP3 Time Play MP3
bir kişi one person dakika minute
bir gece one night saat hour
sıcak su hot water gün day
devamlı su running water hafta week
kahvaltı dahil breakfast included şimdi now
 
Places Play MP3 Trouble Play MP3
tuvalet toilet imdat! help!
postane post office kaza accident
eczane chemist doktor doctor
otogar bus station hastane hospital
bakkal grocer's ilaç medicine
 
Thanks to Murat Açık for corrections to the above section - JG, December 2012