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Selam arkadaşlar, ben Zehra. Hi everybody! I’m Zehra.
Welcome to TurkishClass101.com’s “3 dakikada Türkçe”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Turkish.
In the last lesson, we learned how to show gratitude to people by saying teşekkürler. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Turkey.
Hazır mısınız? Are you ready? Hadi başlayalım o zaman!, so let’s start then!
The most used informal greeting is:
[slowly] Selam.
Selam means “hi,” “hello,”. We use it when we meet. Because it is so casual, we should only use this greeting with friends or relatives.
If you’re greeting someone you don’t know, you should use a more formal phrase:
[slowly] Merhaba
Merhaba means "Hi" or ‘hello’ too.
If you want to make the greeting a little bit more formal you can say ‘iyi günler’
, iyi günler.
(slow)Iyi günler.
İyi günler can be used both like "good morning" and "good afternoon." In fact, you can use it all day, from morning to evening.
During the evening we say:
İyi akşamlar
[slowly] İyi akşamlar
akşamlar is Turkish for “evenings[a],” so İyi akşamlar is actually like saying “good evenings”. It is the Turkish version of the english “Good evening.”
İyi günler and İyi akşamlar are used when we meet someone, but when we leave, we don’t say them again.
In an informal parting situation, Turkish people use:
Güle güle
[slowly] Güle güle
Güle güle means “good-bye.”
Finally, in Turkish we have an expression meaning “hope to see you soon” that can be considered both formal and informal. Görüşmek üzere
[slowly] Görüşmek üzere
Now you can greet people in many different ways in Turkish!
Let’s review them all again.
When meeting older people or someone we don’t know:
When meeting friends or relatives:
When greeting people from morning to afternoon:
İyi günler!
When greeting people in evening:
İyi akşamlar!
When leaving, in a informal situation:
Güle güle!
When leaving, in a formal or an informal situation:
Görüşmek üzere!
It’s easy, isn’t it?
Now it’s time for Zehra’s Insights.
If you can’t remember how to say goodbye in Turkish, you can always just say
This expression is pretty casual, but if you just can’t find that right word, you can always just use bay-bay and no one will have any trouble understanding you.
In the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase Konuşabiliyor musun? Do you already know it? We'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Turkish lesson.
Görüşmek üzere!