Hello in Turkish

If you would like to know how to say hello in Turkish you will need to learn the word ‘Merhaba’ which is pronounced Mare-ha-ba.  This is the way to say hello for almost any situation that you may be in but if you want to go one step further then you can also learn a few variations on this. If you see someone in the morning then you can also use ‘Gunaydin’, pronounced goon-eye-din which essentially translates as good morning.  Later in the day this will change to ‘Tunaydin’, pronounced toon-eye-din, and this translates as good afternoon. If it is evening time then you can say good evening to someone by using ‘Iyi aksamlar’, pronounced ee-ak-sham-lar. It is customary in Turkey so say ‘Iyi gunler’ pronounced ee-goon-lehr when you leave which means ‘Have a nice day’. However you can also say ‘hosca kal’ pronounced hosh-cha-kal which essentially means good bye.  

For those that are planning on visiting Turkey for either a holiday or to stay a bit longer it is incredibly useful to learn how to say hello in Turkish. You should also try to learn some other basic words and numbers as you will find that this makes reading signs and conversing with locals much easier. It is quite often the case that you will start to pick the language up whilst you are out there but it is still a good idea to start learning before you go. If you wish you can choose to teach yourself at home by using one of the many book and cd packs available. This makes leaning much more convenient as you can do it any time and place. However it can be more beneficial to learn with others either in local classes or by finding a tutor. 

When you first begin to learn Turkish it is vital that you find the time to practice often so that you keep words fresh in your mind. It can often be a good idea to try and incorporate what you are learning into your every day life by using the words and phrases. This should help you to retain the information much more effectively so trying saying hello in Turkish to your friend’s everyday! The language as we know it today did not always exist and during the Ottoman Empire a combination of Turkish, Persian, and Arabic was spoken, known as Ottoman Turkish. It was due to the rise of the Ottoman Empire that the language became widely used and these days there are a number of countries that speak Turkish so you could find learning the language very useful.