Luckily, 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 1 to a trillion, to go with your 100 Most Useful Words.
You gotta be able to tell Turks where you're from.
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.
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
|100 Travel Words: Turkish (ebook)|