100 most useful Turkish words to kickstart your holiday

Knowing at least a few Turkish words comes in handy if you’re planning to travel to Turkey unless, of course, you intend to stick to conversations with the local cats. Before you start to panic, you will still have a perfect holiday if you don’t find the time (or courage ;-)) to learn a few basic Turkish words. But trust us that when you do, it will make your stay so much more worthwhile, and interactions with locals will be events to remember for a lifetime!

Below, we have put together an overview of the most useful Turkish words that will kickstart your holiday. In this article, you will learn to ask ‘how are you’ in Turkish, how to say hello in Turkish, how to say thank you in Turkish, or what the word for please in Turkish is.

And because we know how nice it is to find everything you need with one single click, we’ve incorporated a Google Translate function too. This way, if you can’t find the Turkish words you’re looking for in our overview, all you need to do is type it in the Google Translate field, and Google will do the rest!

Also, learning Turkish words is way more fun if you can do it while playing a game. For those of you on tablet and desktop, check out the alternative hangman version at the bottom of this post.

Most useful Turkish words per category

Explore the categories below to quickly and easily learn some Turkish words. To help you with the pronunciation, we’ve added audio too! Just click on the triangle to launch the player.

DIY: Turkish words with Google Translate

With these 100 Turkish words, you are well on your way to becoming every Turk’s favorite tourist. 🙂 On the other hand, we understand that 100 Turkish words may not cover your needs. That is why you can search for any Turkish translation you need below. Google translate is not 100% fail-proof, but it is free and convenient, especially if you use it to translate words or short and basic Turkish phrases.

You can learn more about the history of Turkish and Turkic languages on the Turkish Cultural Foundation website. If you want to start learning Turkish beyond the basics, we highly recommend Mondly. With this free app, you’ll learn common Turkish phrases that are perfect for real-life situations. Check out Mondly’s free Turkish lessons here.

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Fun-time: learn Turkish words with a game

Test yourself. Below is an alternative version of the well-known hangman game. This is a small test with just a few words you’ve learned in this post. How many do you remember? Go ahead and try it. It’s a fun way of familiarizing yourself with a few Turkish words.

Stay cool, after all, this is Turkey! Honestly, there is no need to panic if you do not manage to memorize any Turkish words. Yes, people appreciate it when you try, but at the end of the day, especially if you’re spending most of your time in a holiday resort, you’ll notice that English or German work too.

If you are traveling off the beaten path, and Turkish isn’t your forte, use your hands and body language instead of Turkish words. Whatever works. You wouldn’t be the first traveler who gets assistance over the phone after a villager calls a relative who speaks a little English. Always remember: Turkish people are extremely welcoming and helpful. They will do anything in their power to make you happy.

Do you feel more comfortable with a helpline that is easy to reach during your travels? Join our closed Facebook group. You’ll find that there is always someone online who is willing to help out.

Have a great trip!

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100 most useful Turkish words to kickstart your holiday