Greetings and Essentials
Merhaba (mehr-hah-bah) / Hello
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Definitely one of the most useful words while you’re in Turkey, the first encounter with anyone begins with this word, and the fact that it’s so easy to pronounce is a plus.
Hoşgeldin (Hosh-gel-duhn) / Welcome
When you get off the plane, you’ll probably come across this word in the airport and will continue to hear it often when people welcome you to their homes or stores. The proper response to this is Hoşbulbum (hosh-bul-dum), which roughly translates to “I feel welcomed.”
Günaydın (gew-nahy-duhn) / Good morning
This phrase is another great greeting that can be used when it’s morning and you want to be extra polite.
İyi akşamlar/geceler (ee-yee ahk-sham-lar / geh-jeh-lehr) / Good evening/night
There is a difference between these two because iyi geceler is only used when you’re about to go to bed, while iyi akşamlar is used to greet or bid farewell to someone when it’s nighttime.
Nasılsınız (nahs-sujl-suh-nuhz) / How are you?
In Turkish, the –ız formal suffix is always used when you’re addressing someone who you don’t know, but in this case, if you know the person, you can also just say nasılsın.
İyiyim, teşekkürler (ee-yee-yim tesh-ek-kewr eh-dehr-eem) / I’m good, thank you
This phrase is the standard response when someone asks you how you are, plus now you also know how to say thank you.
Güle Güle (gew-leh gew-leh) / Goodbye
If you’d rather avoid the whole morning and evening scenarios, then opt for the simple goodbye when you’re leaving and want to bid farewell.
Lütfen (lewt-fehn) / Please
Please and thank you are the essential polite words in any language, so it’s good to know them in Turkish as well.
Affedersiniz (af-feh-dehr-see-neez) / Pardon me
If you’re on a crowded metro and need to get off, you can use this to politely gesture, or just say it to get someone’s attention if you want to ask them something.
Bir şey değil (beer-shey deh-yeel) / You’re welcome
Bir şey değil literally translates to “it’s nothing,” and it is the best way to respond when someone thanks you for something.
Efendim (eh-fen-deem) / Pardon
When you want someone to repeat themselves because you didn’t hear them, you can use this word. Some people also prefer to answer the phone using this word.
Adınız ne (ah-duh-nuz neh) / What is your name?
The formal suffix is once again used here. When you’re asking for someone’s name, it’s polite to address them in the formal tone.
Adım (ah-duhm) / My name is
Of course, once you’ve asked someone their name, you’ll want to tell them yours, and this is the way to do it (just add your name at the end).
Tuvalet Nerede (too-wa-let ne-re-de) / Where is the bathroom?
Finding a bathroom in Turkey is never a problem; it’s also not frowned upon to go into restaurants and cafés and use the bathroom even though you’re not a customer.
Sağ Sapın / Sol Sapın (sah sap-ihn sol sap-ihn) / Turn Right/Turn Left
When you get into a cab and want to direct the driver in the right direction, then make sure you know your left from your right in Turkish.
Düz Gidelim (dewz gee-de-leem) / Straight Ahead
Düz Gidelim is another important phrase to know in the taxi when you don’t want your driver making any sudden turns and continue on the current path.
At the Restaurant/Bazaar
Ne Kadar (ne ka-dahr) / How much?
When you’re shopping in the Grand Bazaar, or any other place, this is a great phrase to know when you want the price of something.
Bakar mısınız (bah-car mih-see-neez) / Excuse me
When you’re at a restaurant and need to get a waiter’s attention, you can use this phrase so that they come to the table.
Hesap Lütfen (he-sahp lewt-fehn) / The check please
When you’re at a restaurant and want to pay up and go, you can use the previously mentioned phase to get your waiter’s attention, and then ask for the check.
Çok Pahalı (tshok pah-hah-lee) / Too expensive
You’ll often use this particular expression at the Grand Bazaar when you’re getting ready to haggle for the price; the next step would be to walk away until the seller gives you a more reasonable price.
Acıktım (ah-jig-teem) / I’m hungry
When it’s time for something to eat, you can tell everyone around you that your stomach is ready for some delicious Turkish food.
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