Turkish when you travel to Turkey
and your trip will be much easier when searching for a hotel, traveling on public transportation, or ordering meals in restaurants.
simple Turkish is fairly easy to
learn because Turkish is a logical,
phonetic language. The easiest way to learn exactly what you may need on your trip is this:
All students in Turkish schools
study English, and some even
learn it. French, German and Arabic are
also taught (and sometimes learned).
In tourist areas, local tourism personnel
may study Greek, Finnish, Hebrew, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Spanish—whatever
language a significant number of visitors
may speak. But you'll get the most
out of your trip if you know a bit
of Turkish, too.
From Hello to December, here they are.
Remember: Anyone can learn 100 words. (You can get an online sample here.)
From 1 to a trillion, to go with
Most Useful Words.
You gotta be able to tell Turks where you're from.
If you plan to stay in Turkey awhile,
English to Turks in order to pay
the bills. More...
5. Turkish Hand Gestures
Turkish Hands: Gesturing Your Way Home, A Hand Guide for Tourists, by Tara L Alisbah, gives you the rundown on all the meaningful, expressive, funny, cautionary hand gestures you may see while traveling in Turkey.
The author, born in Ankara of Turkish and American parents, is equally at home in Turkey and the USA, and obviously enjoys her role as cultural (and language) interpreter. More...
6. Language Course in Istanbul
A TTP user in London, Susan M, tells me that she took a course at Concept Languages in Istanbul, and that it provided good-quality instruction in comfortable facilities, and represented good value for money.
—by Tom Brosnahan