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Useful Turkish Expressions

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Hello fellow Turkish language learners,

I would like to offer some common expressions used both in English and in Turkish down below.

After going through the Turkish course for a week now, I tend to plateau on this excellent Duolingo course every couple of hours or so. But, of course, only a couple of hours (a day) dedicated to a wonderful, yet complicated language as Turkish, is not enough. So, I find it energizing to read/watch/listen and learn something else in Turkish outside of news and entertainment.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.


Allah aşkına! (usually in exasperation) For God's sake / for heaven's sake / for Pete's sake!

Sormakta bir sakınca yok. There's no harm in asking.

Kafana takma / Kafanıza takmayın. Don't worry about it.

Kendini suçlama / Kendinizi suçlamayın. Don't blame yourself.

Gözün aydın / Gözünüz aydın! Congratulations!

Bir şey sorabilir miyim? (often pronounced "bişey") Can I ask something?

Bir şey soracağim. (preceding a question, often pronounced "bişey") I'll ask something.

Ne alakası var? What's that got to do with anything?

Nereden bileyim? (often pronounced "nerden") How should I know / From where would I know?

Nasıl istersen! (meaning varies according to tone of voice) Suit yourself / as you wish / however you like / whatever you want!

Sen bilirsin. Suit yourself / whatever you say / you know best.

Kim bilir?! Who knows?!

Hani, göster! Where, show it!

O ne be?! (usually in surprise / annoyance) What the heck is that?!

O da ne! (usually in surprise / annoyance) What the heck is that?!

O ne ya?! (usually in surprise / annoyance) What the heck is that?!

Tüh! Shoot / oh snap / alas / tsk tsk!

Çüş! Whoa!

Bana ne / Sana ne / Ona ne? (a little rude) What's it to me (who cares?) / What's it to you / What's it to him/her?

Ne dersin? (asking for agreement/opinion) What do you say (to this)?

Ne söylememi istiyorsun? What do you want me to say?

Ne dedin sen? / Sen ne dedin? Say what? / What did you say?

Ne söyleyebilirim? What can I say?

Fazla söze hacet yok. What more is there to say?

Söyleyecek ne kaldı ki? What more is there to say?

Ne söyleyeceğimi bile bilmiyorum. I don't even know what to say.

Söyleyeceğin şeylerle ilgilenmiyorum. I'm not interested in what you're going to say.

Demek istediğim... / Söylemek istediğim... What I was trying to say... / What I wanted to say...

Ne söylememi bekliyorsun? What do you expect me to say?

Kendini savun bakalım! Let's see you defend yourself!

Ne yaparsa yapsın. No matter what he/she does.

Bana uyar / Bize uyar. It suits me (works for me) / It suits us (works for us).

Tam benlik! Totally for me / right up my alley / just my cup of tea!

Tam bana göre! (Can be replaced with sana, size, ona, etc.) Totally according to my taste / right up my alley / just my cup of tea!

Ne fark eder? What difference does it make?

Bu çok saçma! This is total nonsense / this doesn't make any sense!

Bu hiç mantıklı değil. This isn't logical at all.

Hiç önemli değil. It's not important at all.

Nasıl yani? How's that / How so / What do you mean?

Çekinme / Çekinmeyin. Don't be shy.

Biraz erkek ol! (rude) Grow a pair / Grow some balls / Be a man!

Hiç fikrim yok / Hiç fikrim yoktu. I have no idea / I had no idea.

Duruma göre According to the situation

Kişiden kişiye değişir. It varies from person to person.

Bildiğim kadarıyla As far as I know...

Anladığım kadarıyla As far as I understand...

Yapabildiğim kadar yaptım. I did as much as I could.

Elimden geleni yaptım. I did what I could / I did what was in my power.

Araştırmaya göre According to research...

Okuduğuma göre According to what I read...

Duyduğuma göre According to what I heard...

Dediğim gibi Like I said...

Dediğin gibi / Dediğiniz gibi Like you said...

Bildiğin gibi / Bildiğiniz gibi As you know...

Anlayabildiğim kadar / kadarıyla As much as I was able to understand / As far as I was able to understand...

Yiyebildiğin kadar ye. Eat as much as you can eat.

Şöyle söyleyelim / Şöyle açıklayayım. Let's put it this way / Let me explain this way...

Bu konuda bana güven. Trust me on this.

Bana güven. Trust me.

Bunu neden yapayım? Why would I do that/this?

Dürüst olarak To be honest / honestly

Şaşırmış gibi yapma! Don't act so surprised!

Sana bağlı / Size bağlı That depends on you / It's up to you

Kendini özletme / Kendinizi özletmeyin Don't be a stranger.

Bunda ne var / Ne var bunda? What's the big deal / What's wrong with that?

Öyleyse... In that case / If that's so...

Konu kapanmıştır End of discussion / Discussion closed

[Author: Quizlet username: Aburcubur777]

3 years ago

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/YellowTiramisu

Thank you very much for these! They are a really great help for whomever is studying turkish. I live between Italy and Turkey, and I personally know some Turkish people who basically talk only using idioms! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ansu
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I'm Aburcubur777, the original author of this collection of useful phrases. I was really surprised to see my list here!

I need to add one correction (something that I learned after creating the above list):

Yes, "Çüş!" means "Whoa!" but it's more like something you'd say to an animal, like a horse. If you're surprised/shocked by something, you can say "Vay!" or "Vay canına!" or "Vay be!" instead.

...don't be like me and go around yelling "Çüş!" at people.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliviaQWERTY123

I'm almost tempted to go around yelling 'Cus!' to Turkish people and watch their expression hahahah

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ansu
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Ha ha!! My Turkish husband is the one who informed me that "Çüş!" is for horses. You should've seen his face...

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliviaQWERTY123

Hhahaha I think I might actually do it, since I know quite a few Turkish people who lives near me haha! How would you pronounce it if I might ask?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ansu
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I'm not sure if I can add a link below, but if you paste the word into either Forvo.com or Google Translate and press the speaker button, you can hear it pronounced by a native speaker. https://translate.google.com/#tr/en/%C3%A7%C3%BC%C5%9F

https://forvo.com/word/%C3%A7%C3%BC%C5%9F/#tr

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PixelAdit

This discussion seems very interesting... Great! I'd recommend some compliments though, like that seems interesting...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ansu
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I originally created this collection of phrases to help my friends (and myself) pass conversation tests where we had to discuss/debate topics with fellow classmates. We memorized them sort of as "filler" so that we could sound more fluent between other sentences actually related to the topic. I guess that's why I didn't include any compliments among these phrases.

If you go to Quizlet and search for my username there (Aburcubur777) you'll find more lists of handy Turkish expressions! :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/veeless
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I joined Quizlet because of your last post.

I’m not sure I understand the etiquette of how this site is used. Is it okay to ask to join your class and/or save some of the classes you’ve made to my own study folders for personal use?

Thank you so much for all you’ve shared. Wow! It’s a treasure trove!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ansu
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Hi! Wow, thanks for your kind words (and Lingots?!). I'm always happy to help other language-learners however I can.

You can totally ask to join my class; I accept everyone who looks like they've been using the site. However, you don't really need to join my class -- I think that the "class" concept is for actual teachers who might teach multiple/different classes. That way, their students can join the class with lessons that are relevant to them.

Feel free to save/use whichever lists are useful to you! I haven't been adding much new material, but I do go back and refine the lists occasionally.

I recently tried to make the Useful Expressions lists more useful for Turkish speakers who might be trying to learn English. Always open to suggestions/feedback.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/veeless
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Thanks for the reply.

I was hoping there was a way to save your classroom or join it so that I could take my time going through all your various offerings.

I’ve saved a few of your lessons to my page so that I will remember your screen name and visit back to your classroom when I’m ready to learn more.

Thanks again!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ansu
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Oh no problem, just send me a request to join! :) I'm happy to add you.

I changed the name/description of my "class" to be more inclusive to all learners.

By the way, "aburcubur" means "junk food" in Turkish. New vocab for all the Turkish learners here. :D

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clarahana21

Thanks a lot....really useful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asla251235

thanks

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Manana863238

Great!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/volkangund1

Hadi canım sen de

1 month ago

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