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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 the most common forms of greetings in Turkish. Do you remember them?
In this lesson we’re going to learn a very useful phrase: “Do you speak English?”
If you find yourself in a situation where you need assistance in English, this phrase can be a lifesaver. And because you’re asking it in Turkish, you can be sure that everyone will understand what you’re saying, even if their answer is no.
Here's the informal way to say it.
[slowly] İngilizce konuşabiliyor musun?
In Turkish, verbs change depending on the pronoun that is used. Please notice the suffix “musun” at the end of the sentence. This is the informal word for “you.” The word before that is the verb, konuşabiliyor, which means “can speak”. Because it is referring to “you,” it is conjugated to konuşabiliyor musun.
And you probably recognize the first word - “İngilizce” It means “English.”
İngilizce konuşabiliyor musun?
To learn how to conjugate verbs in more detail, please check out our Absolute Beginner series on TurkishClass101.com. You can find very detailed grammar lessons and resources there!
We’re now going to make this sentence formal. First, we need to use the formal version of “you.” Just take musun and add a uz sound at the end to make musunuz. Everything else stays the same:
İngilizce konuşabiliyor musunuz?
[slowly] İngilizce konuşabiliyor musunuz?
If you add afedersiniz, "excuse-me" to the begining, the sentence becomes even more polite:
Afedersiniz, İngilizce konuşabiliyor musunuz?
[slowly] Afedersiniz, İngilizce konuşabiliyor musunuz?
The responses you will receive could be one of these three:
Evet. "Yes."
[slowly] Evet.
Biraz. "A little."
[slowly] Biraz.
Hayır, ingilizce konuşamıyorum. "No, I can’t speak English."
[slowly] Hayır, ingilizce konuşamıyorum
Now it’s time for Zehra’s Insights.
For those of you who are not only English speakers, you can obviously use this question with any language you need. Turkish people study other European languages at school, so maybe you will get lucky! Just substitute İngilizce with…
İtalyanca for Italian.
Ruşça for Russian.
İspanyolca for Spanish.
Almanca for German.
In this lesson we mentioned the expression afedersiniz. But did you know that this could also be used as an apology? In the next lesson we will learn this and other ways to apologize in Turkish. It’s never too late to show your good manners with Turkish people!
I'll see you in our next 3 dakikada Türkçe”. lesson.
Görüşmek üzere!

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Wednesday at 07:58 PM
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Hi Khadija


Impressive! I think your Turkish is better than you think 😄


Cheers,

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khadija adly
Tuesday at 03:14 PM
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Ingilizce ve arabca ve fransica konuşabiliyorum ama türkçe konuşamiyorum

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Saturday at 05:52 PM
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Hi Hilal


It is very nice to meet you 😄


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Hilal
Monday at 04:31 PM
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Merhaba, ben Hilal, arapça ve ingilizce konuşabilyorum.

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Friday at 04:30 AM
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Hi Lisa


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Lısa
Tuesday at 05:14 PM
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Wednesday at 05:34 PM
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Hi Jasim,


Tanıştığımıza memnun oldum.

Ben Arapça konuşamıyorum ama İngilizce konuşabiliyorum.


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Jasim
Monday at 04:37 PM
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Selam arkadaslar,

Ben de Jasim.Arabaça konuşbiliyorum ve inglizcede.

Görüşmek üzere

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Tuesday at 06:59 AM
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Merhaba wout,


Hollandaca konuşamıyorum (I can't speak Dutch) There are many Turkish people who can speak it, so I'd say it's popular.


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wout
Saturday at 11:06 PM
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Holandılce konuşabiliyormusunuz? hangısı bir evet yanıtlayor mu? cause I'm curious if there's some (Turkish) people in your organisation (and not the ones from dutchpod101) that can understand my ramblings:laughing::laughing::laughing:. Well that and when I was in Ku'sada'si I was shocked at how many could speak some Dutch. Made me wonder wether or not there were others who know it. Is it a popular language?