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Teşekkürler - is there a shorter word?

To me 4 syllables seems quite a lot for a word you might want to to use a lot. In English, "thanks" is only one syllable. I wondered if there's a shorter version of the word or a different word that people usually use?

May 28, 2015



sağ ol, but that's informal


Thanks Selcen, but how informal is it? Could you say it to any shop owner or waiter?


quite informal, you may say it to a shop owner or a waiter only if they are very young (I'd say it only to a teenager)

you could say "sağ olun", but that's again not very short :) Just repeat teşekkürler many times, once you get used to it, you won't think it is so long :P


On an additional note:

"Sağ olun" is more sincere than "teşekkürler", but it's still less formal. Not to be used in written contexts. But it's totally fine to use it in speech with your superiors.


So, when writing, is "teşekkürler" always used, even in personal letters?


Define "personal". :D

You can use Teşekkür ederim / Teşekkürler in every context. Friends and business correspondance alike.

But Sağ ol/Sağ olun is a bit unprofessional in written language. Totally fine in spoken, and totally fine when writing to friends of course.


Yes, I only use sag ol with my family or friends, I never say it to someone else. When you get used to say Tesekkurler it is very simple, I always say it.


To me it's like..

Thanks - Sağ ol (singular) / Sağ olun (plural or polite) / Teşekkürler (more distant) Thank you - Teşekkürler or Teşekkür ederim.

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    My beau (who is 43) from Ankara uses it a lot. I noticed him using it in restaurants, etc, so I adopted it for my own use.


    Despite having lived here 5 years I had not properly grasped the nuances so that was useful. Is there any point in giving you guys lingots or should we just say teşekkür ederim when a comment is useful?


    Teşekkürler isn't informal. If you are talking to your superior, you can say "teşekkürler efendim" which means "Thanks sir." It is not informal this way. But if you are using in a written text, say a formal business e-mail then you should definitely use "Teşekkür ederim."

    "Sağ ol" is informal yes, as explained above. "Sağ olun" is more formal and you can say it to your superior as well as your friends or your waiter. If you want to be more formal, then you can say "Sağ olun efendim." which means " Thanks sir."

    Also I would like to explain the linguistic and literal meanings. Teşekkürler has Arabic roots and derives from "Şükran", "Şükür" which translates as "gratitude". So the actual meaning of "Teşekkürler" would be "I am grateful". Therefore if you relate it to "thanksgiving" it is not longer than than the English translation. :)

    "Sağ ol" literally means "stay alive".

    I hope this was useful. Okuduğunuz için teşekkür ederim.


    ''eyvallah''thats the other way saying teşekkürler. but do not use in formal situations


    Nice info, thanks seranajessica. BTW yesterday I heard a male, university professor of about 50 yrs old say cok mersi to another man. Sorry I can't the Turkish letters on this device.


    In Izmir people use sag ol to people of all ages. Tesekkur is an option to use too. Mersi is another possible choice. I am sorry I couldn't get the Turkish letters for this.


    Really? Mersi is as outdated as Beatles. It feels weird. Perhaps that's just me though.


    it is indeed very outdated. Probably only older people from the west use it


    To clarify it, mersi is only used in spoken language in return for a kindness such as offering a drink or a place to sit to someone. Mostly women use it though, and yes it's almost outdated.


    The Beatles! LOL! :) Not too much wrong with them even though they are ancient. I was just pointing out there are alternative words or phrases that might be used ..... or not....... I'm very keen to learn as much Turkish as possible as well as all about the roots, history etc of the language.

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