https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

Going to Turkey!

Merhaba!

In six days, this Sunday, I am going to visit Turkey! I am going there with my father and my mother on annual holiday, this year will be the sixth year in a row we travel to Turkey but none of us has been interested in/bothered to learn Turkish before. We are going to live at an hotel in Alanya (Alaiye), a city in the Antalaya province about 138 km (68 mi) east of the city Antalaya.

I have know been learning Turkish for 20 days, since the 15th of June. I was wondering if you have any advice before going to Alanya, I was particularly thinking language related advice but travel advice is always welcomed. ☺

EDIT: For the follow up, please visit the thread “‘Going to Turkey’ - Follow up”

July 4, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/katie20412
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  1. Concentrate on the basic phrases and greetings, as you would in any country.
  2. From my recent trip to Germany, Italy and Turkey: I noticed two words that are used everywhere, by everyone are "perdon" and "ciao".
  3. If you know any French or Arabic, that will help, as there are a lot of loan words from these languages. Once you know the Turkish alphabet, you will be able to figure out the words that come from French. Example "kuaforu" (from coiffeur) for barber/hairdresser.
July 4, 2016

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I have just recently produced this here which is the alphabet for Turkish. And it has linked sound files.
If you like it, please feel free to give it an up vote.

I envy you of the adventure you have coming up. Don't forget to check back in with how things go. Especially tales of language exchanges.

And it is ALWAYS worthwhile to have fun with your language learning. It opens doors and connections and understanding that it well worth the journey.
Always remember - you learn so much more from your mistakes. So try to choose to not be shy, while always choosing to be polite, and that a smile, and wearing an easy going nature is a universal language.

In my short travels through Turkey, and other places in the world, making an effort makes a huge difference. Both for how others accept you, and for the benefit of your own journey through life.

As someone who is older, it is so worth while to make the most of the opportunities that life presents you, and to choose to immerse yourself - while being wise and aware - where you get a chance.

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

Thank you very much for your wise words, I totally agree with you. That is why we learn languages and why we even have languages: to convey information, to try to understand each other and to self be understood. Also, making mistakes is a part of any learning process, whether it be learning mathematics, language or to play football.

Regarding the alfabe, yes, thank you for posting that. I have actually already read though it, I found it on my one.☺ It was very helpful. Çok teşekkür ederim!

Yes, I definitely will return after my trip there, to tell you about it.

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

No, unfortunately I do not know any French or Arabic but I do know Swedish, which also has an impressive number of French loanwords, and I live in a town of part in which many are Arabs and people who speak Arabic. I actually have a friend from Iraq.

I do believe pardon is used in Turkey but is really ciao used in Turkey?

Thank you for your advice. Teşekkür ederim! ☺

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/katie20412
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"Ciao" - yes, I did hear this from shopkeepers in Turkey, several times, but in the more touristic areas. Memnun oldum!

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

Let's be realistic here. In a place like Alanya, you'll probably never even need to use Turkish. It's such a touristy city; everyone speaks English there.

Feel free to use whatever Turkish you know with the townsfolk, but don't stress over it. Just enjoy your time there.

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

No, I know, I wound probably never need to use Turkish, but it is fun! Thank you very much for the advice. Çok teşekkür ederim! ☺

EDIT: Also, I may need to you Turkish in certain parts of Alanya. I and me father like to drive our rent car up in the mountains, into the ‘non-tourist’ parts of Alanya. In the mountains, many shop keepers do not know so much English since they do not meet so many tourist. ☺

July 5, 2016

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Congratulations! I hope you have a great time!

July 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

Thank you very much. Çok teşekkür ederim! Nice sun by the way!

Have you got any advice (except to wear a good sunblock)?

July 4, 2016

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I'm afraid I have never been so I can't offer much advice.

I do have some friends who came back from a few weeks in Europe not long ago and their advice was to bring all your old underwear, then you can throw it away after wearing it instead of doing laundry or packing it back up lol.

July 4, 2016

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Oh wait, I do have some language learning advice...

Check out Language Transfer, they have a Turkish course. I haven't tried it yet but the courses I have tried are excellent. Six days should be plenty of time to listen to it.

July 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

Thank you very, very much. Çok teşekkür ederim! ☺☼

July 5, 2016

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Alanya is great but very touristic, I'd rather go to Marmaris/Bodrum/Datca province or Olympos, there are more to do there but you say that it's the 6th time so, you may have visited those places already! :)

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_Andersson

Actually, no, we haven’t. We have only been to Alanya and Antalaya, but we did not live in Antalaya, the aeroplane just landed there. However, we have visited some villages in between Alanya and Antalaya and also some villages in the Taurus mountains. Also, my father has visited the Greek island Crete from which there is a ferry to Bodrum, but he never went to Bodrum.

July 5, 2016
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