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Turkish Lesson 3: Shopping

Last Updated on April 8, 2024

Shopping is an inseparable part of every culture. It is important to know at least the most necessary shopping expressions, from asking about prices to expressing preferences in Turkish for shopping in Turkey.

 

When it comes to shopping in Turkey, it's essential to learn how to ask about prices and express your needs. Phrases like "Ne kadar?" (How much?) and "Bu ne kadar?" (How much is this?) will be useful when you're curious about the cost of an item. 

 

One particularly important aspect of shopping in Turkey is "pazarlık," the art of bargaining. Bargaining is common in Turkish markets, especially in places like bazaars and local markets. But, don’t use your bargaining skills at large shopping malls or other stores which display price tags.

Where Can You Go?

Turkey has lots of popular spots for shopping. One great example is Grand Baazar (Kapali Carsi) in Istanbul if you are looking for a rather ethnic and historical place. Another captivating place is the Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı), also located in Istanbul, 

which is renowned for its aromatic spices and authentic Turkish handicrafts.

Turkish Lesson 3, Shopping

In this lesson, you'll first learn phrases and then words (Words 21 to 31) to help you navigate shopping situations in Turkey.

21 Which one? Hangisi? Hangisini daha güzel? Which one is prettier?
22 What's this? Bu ne? Bu ne? Çok hoş. What’s this? It’s so pretty.
23 How much/ many? Kaç/kaç tane? Kaç tane oda var? How many rooms do you have?
24 No, thank you. Hayır, teşekkürler. Hayır, teşekkürler. Almak istemiyorum. No, thank you. I don’t want to buy it.
25 I want ... ... istiyorum Ben bir baklava istiyorum. I want one baklava.
26 Mall Alışveriş Merkezi Alışveriş merkezi nerede? Where is the mall?
27 Size Beden Bu kaç beden? What size is this?
28 Expensive. Pahalı. Bu pahalı. It’s expensive.
29 Discount İndirim Biraz indirim yapabilir misiniz? Can you give me a discount, please?
30 Color Renk Başka rengi var mı? Are there any other colors?

-by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Duru Nemutlu

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