Frequently used Turkish words for tourists

Millions of tourists visit Turkey every year. You can find very comfortable English-speaking people in tourism centers and hotels in Turkey, but it can be useful to know some Turkish words.

In places such as cafes, restaurants, and bars, the menus are usually written in both Turkish and English.

In Turkey’s main tourist centers such as Antalya, Fethiye, Marmaris, and Bodrum, there are many people who speak languages other than English, such as German, Russian and Arabic.

Turks are very hospitable and try to help tourists in every way to be satisfied with their holiday in Turkey. However, sometimes you may encounter people who do not speak English.

Also, Turkish people like to speak Turkish, even if it’s just a few words, and they give you extra attention.

Frequently used Turkish words and their English equivalents

We have prepared the most used words for you in categories.

Most used Turkish Words

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
HiSelamSeel-am
HelloMerhabaMare-ha-ba 
Good byeGüle Güleguul-e guul-e
Good morningGünaydınGun-ayy-din
Thank youTeşekkür ederim Te-sh-qy-err ed-err-im
PleaseLütfenLutt-fen
YesEvetEv-et
NoHayırHa-ear
SorryÜzgünümUzz-gu-num
Excuse meAffedersinizAff-ed-dir-san-iz
I wantİstiyorumIss-ti-yorr-um
I don’t wantİstemiyorumIss-te-mii-yorr-um
FoodYemekYemm-ek
DrinkİçecekIcc-e-cek
MrBayBay
MrsBayanBay-ann
ButAmaAma
OrVeyaVee-ya
AndVeVee
ChildÇocukCoo-cuk
I can’t speak TurkishTürkçe bilmiyorumTurrk-ce bill-mi-yor-um
I don’t understandAnlamıyorumAnn-la-mii-yor-um
I’m fineİyiyimIyy-iyy-im
What time is it?Saat kaç?Saa-at kac?
Can I have …?… rica ediyorumRii-ca edd-i-yorr-um
Excellent!Çok güzelCokk gu-zee-ll

Commonly used words in Accommodation in Turkey

The most common Turkish words you may need during your stay.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
HotelOtelOt-al
HostelPansiyonPen-si-yon
ReservationRezervasyonRez-err-va-es-yon
RoomOdaO-da
EntranceGirişGi-ri-s
ExitÇıkışCi-kis
LuggageValizVe-liz
RestaurantRestoranRes-to-ran
CafeKafeKa-fe
Air-conditioningKlimaKl-i-ma
BalconyBalkonBaal-kon
PullÇekinizCekk-i-niz
PushİtinizItt-i-niz
CleaningTemizlikTee-miz-lik
CleanTemiztee-miz
ReceptionResepsiyonRess-ep-si-yoon
ShowerDuşDu-ss
SoapSabunSaa-bun
ShampooŞampuanSamm-pu-aan
TowelHavluHavv-lu
ToiletTuvaletTuu-a-let
Toilet paperTuvalet kağıdıTuu-a-let ka-gii-di
Swimming poolHavuzHaa-vu-z
SlipperTerlikTeer-liik
PillowYastıkYass-tik
SheetÇarşafCarr-saff
BalconyBalkonBall-kon

Frequently Used Words in Food and Drink in Turkey

The most common Turkish words you may want to use in the morning at breakfasts and restaurants.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
FoodYemekYemm-ek
DrinkİçecekIcc-e-cek
I’m hungryAçımAcc-im
MeatEtEt
VegetableSebzeSebb-ze
BreadEkmekEkk-mek
BreakfastKahvaltıKahh-vall-ti
DinnerAkşam YemeğiAk-samm yee-me-gii
DessertTatlıTatt-li
WaterSuSu
BeerBiraBii-ra
ColaKolaKol-a
JuiceMeyve SuyuMeyy-ve Suu-yu
Black pepperKarabiberKa-rra-bii-ber
SaltTuzTuzz
SugarŞekerSekk-er
GarlicSarımsakSarr-imm-sak
OnionSoğanSoo-gan
ForkÇatalCa-tt-all
SpoonKaşıkKass-ik
KnifeBıçakBii-cak
GlassBardakBarr-dak
TeaÇayCayy
CoffeeKahveKahh-ve
Turkish delightLokumLokk-um
TableMasaMa-sa
ChairSandalyeSann-dall-ye
SteakBiftekBiff-tek
SoupÇorbaCoor-baa
TipBahşişBahh-sis
Waiter / waitressGarsonGarr-soon
Well doneİyi pişmişIyy piss-mis
WineŞarapSarr-ap
Yoghurt drinkAyranAyy-ran
ServiettePeçetePee-ce-te
Ice creamDondurmaDonn-durr-ma
KebabKebapKee-bap
CheesePeynirPeyy-nir
RegionalYöreselYorr-ess-el

Frequently Used Words in Money Matters in Turkey

Turkish words that you may want to use in shopping, bank, and hotel in Turkey.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
MoneyParaPaa-ra
BankBankaBann-ka
ATMBankamatikBann-ka-maa-tik
Cash moneyNakit ParaNaa-kit Pa-ra
Credit cardKredi KartıKree-di Karr-tı
CheapUcuzUu-cuz
DiscountİndirimInn-di-rimm
FreeBedavaBee-da-va
ExpensivePahalıPaa-ha-li
High qualityKaliteliKaa-lii-te-lii
FakeSahteSahh-te
CurrencyDövizDov-iz
Foreign exchange officeDöviz BürosuDov-iz Bur-oo-su
InvoiceFaturaFaa-tu-raa
ReceiptMakbuzMakk-buzz
DepositDepozitoDep-oo-zii-to

Frequently Used Words in Transportation in Turkey

Turkish words that you may want to use on the plane, bus, or train in Turkey.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
AirportHavalimanıHa-vaa-li-maa-ni
BusOtobüsott-o-buss
TrainTrenTrr-een
PlaneUçakUcc-ak
CarArabaArr-a-baa
Ship / BoatGemiGee-mi
TaxiTaksiTakk-si
TicketBiletBill-ett
FeeÜcretUcc-ret
For rentKiralıkKirr-aa-lik
MapHaritaHarr-ii-ta
FerryVapurVaa-pu-rr
PassengerYolcuYoll-cu
MotorwayOtoyolOtt-oo-yol
RoadYolYoll
PortLimanLii-man
Quayİskeleİss-kee-le
StationİstasyonIss-tass-yon
StreetSokakSokk-akk
DistrictİlçeIll-ce
CityŞehirSehh-ir
SpeedHızHızz
TrafficTrafikTrr-aff-ik
Traffic penaltyTrafik cezasıTrr-aff-ik cezz-aa-si
DistanceMesafeMee-sa-fee

Frequently Used Words in Touristic Places in Turkey

Frequently used Turkish words that you may need in tourist places in Turkey.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
CastleKaleKaa-le
AncientAntikAnn-tik
CityŞehirSehh-ir
MuseumMüzeMu-ze
CardKartKa-rrt
ChurchKiliseKi-lii-se
MosqueCamiCa-mi
PalaceSaraySarr-ay
SquareMeydanMeyy-dan
TowerKuleKu-le
TourismTurizmTurr-iz-im
TouristTuristTurr-ist
Turkish bathHamamHamm-am
IslandAdaAa-da
KingKralKrr-al

Frequently Used Words in Time Expressions in Turkey

Frequently used Turkish words that you may need in Time Expressions in Turkey.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
AfternoonÖğleden sonraOgg-le-den Sonn-ra
At the momentŞu andaSu ann-da
EarlyErkenErr-ken
EveningAkşamAk-samm
Last weekGeçen haftaGecc-en Haff-ta
LateGeçGecc
LaterSonraSonn-ra
MorningSabahSa-bahh
Next weekGelecek haftaGell-ee-cek haff-ta
NightGeceGe-ce
NowŞimdiSimm-di
SoonYakındaYaa-kınn-da
This eveningBu akşamBu ak-samm
This morningBu sabahBu sa-bahh
TodayBugünBu-gunn
TomorrowYarınYarr-ın
YesterdayDünDun

Frequently Used Words in Case of Emergency in Turkey

Frequently used Turkish words that you may need in Case of Emergency in Turkey.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
HelpYardımYarr-dim
PolicePolisPoll-is
DoctorDoktorDok-torr
HospitalHastaneHass-taa-ne
AmbulanceAmbulansAmm-bu-la-nss
DentistDişciDiss-ci
MedicationİlaçIll-ac
PainAğrıAgg-ri
PharmacyEczaneEcc-zaa-ne
Stop!Dur!Durr
Fire!YangınYann-gin
AccidentKazaKaa-za

Turkish Words – Colors

Turkish word equivalents of colors.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
BlackSiyahSii-yah
BlueMaviMa-vi
BrownKahverengiKahh-vee-ren-gii
GreenYeşilYess-il
OrangeTuruncuTu-run-cuu
PinkPembePemm-be
PurpleMorMor
RedKırmızıKırr-mı-zıı
WhiteBeyazBeyy-az
YellowSarıSa-rı

Turkish Words – Numbers

Turkish word equivalents of numbers.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
0SıfırSiff-ir
1BirBii-r
2İkiİki
3ÜçÜçç
4DörtDö-rtt
5BeşBeş
6AltıAll-ti
7YediYee-dii
8SekizSekk-iz
9DokuzDokk-uz
10OnOn

Turkish Words – Days of the Week

Turkish word equivalents of the days.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
MondayPazartesiPaa-zarr-te-sii
TuesdaySalıSaa-li
WednesdayÇarşambaCarr-sam-ba
ThursdayPerşembePerr-sem-bee
FridayCumaCuu-ma
SaturdayCumartesiCuu-marr-te-si
SundayPazarPazz-ar

Turkish Words – Adjectives

Turkish word equivalents of adjectives.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
a littleazAz
a lot / very / tooçokCok
average / mediumortaOrr-ta
badkötüKo-tu
bigbüyükBuu-yu-k
closedkapalıKaa-pa-lii
coldsoğukSo-guk
goodiyiIyi
hotsıcakSıı-cakk
openaçıkAc-ikk
quickhızlı / çabukHızz-li
slowyavaşYa-vass
smallküçükKuu-cuk

Turkish Words – Directions

Turkish word equivalents of directions.

EnglishTurkishPronunciation
BrokenBozukBoo-zuk
DownAşağıAsaa-gi
FarUzakUzz-ak
HereBuradaBu-raa-da
LeftSolSol
NearYakınYaa-kin
RightSağSag
Straight onDoğruDo-gg-ru
ThereOradaOrr-aa-da
UpYukarıYuu-kaa-ri

You can do a lot of work with these words, but if you need other words and the person in front of you does not speak English, we recommend you to translate with google translate.

How do you say thank you in Turkish?

Thank you is probably the most used word by tourists. The Turkish equivalent of thank you is “Teşekkür ederim”.

How do you say hello in Turkish?

Turks love to greet, they will be very happy if you reply in Turkish. The Turkish word for Hello is “Merhaba”.

Should I learn Turkish while traveling to Turkey?

There are a lot of people who speak English in popular tourist destinations in Turkey, but it would be good to know a few simple words.

Is Turkish a difficult language?

Turkish is more difficult than English, as it is an agglutinative language.