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INTRODUCTION
James: Slang with Strange Sounds
James: Hi everyone, and welcome back to TurkishClass101.com. I'm James.
Selin: And I'm Selin!
James: This is Must-Know Turkish Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 25. In this lesson, you'll learn slang with strange sounds.
James: These are slang words and phrases with strange sounds.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
James: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Selin: lamı cimi yok
Selin: çok da fifi
Selin: dandik
Selin: çakozlamak
James: Selin, what's our first expression?
Selin: lamı cimi yok
James: literally meaning "there is no L or C." In the past, Turkish people used the Arabic alphabet instead of Latin. Lam and Cim are the letters L and C. This idiom is like a breadcrumb from the old days. When it's used as a slang expression, it means "there is no way out."
Selin: [SLOW] lamı cimi yok [NORMAL] lamı cimi yok
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Selin: lamı cimi yok
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when explaining that there is no other way.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Selin: [NORMAL] Bunu yiyeceksin, lamı cimi yok! [SLOW] Bunu yiyeceksin, lamı cimi yok!
James: "There is no way out, you have to eat this!"
Selin: [NORMAL] Bunu yiyeceksin, lamı cimi yok!
James: Okay, what's the next expression?
Selin: çok da fifi
James: literally meaning "too much blah blah blah." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "I don't care a bit."
Selin: [SLOW] çok da fifi [NORMAL] çok da fifi
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Selin: çok da fifi
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when you don't care about a situation.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Selin: [NORMAL] Aman sen onu ne dinliyorsun, çok da fifi! [SLOW] Aman sen onu ne dinliyorsun, çok da fifi!
James: "Come on, who cares about him!"
Selin: [NORMAL] Aman sen onu ne dinliyorsun, çok da fifi!
James: Okay, what's our next expression?
Selin: dandik
James: literally meaning "trashy." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "low quality."
Selin: [SLOW] dandik [NORMAL] dandik
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Selin: dandik
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when you think something has a low quality.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Selin: [NORMAL] Dün aldığım ayakkabı çok dandik çıktı [SLOW] Dün aldığım ayakkabı çok dandik çıktı
James: "The shoes I bought yesterday are really trashy."
Selin: [NORMAL] Dün aldığım ayakkabı çok dandik çıktı
James: Okay, what's the last expression?
Selin: çakozlamak
James: literally meaning "to get stricken." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to get a clue."
Selin: [SLOW] çakozlamak [NORMAL] çakozlamak
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Selin: çakozlamak
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when someone gets a clear idea of what's going on.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Selin: [NORMAL] Annem dün okula gitmediğimi çakozladı. [SLOW] Annem dün okula gitmediğimi çakozladı.
James: "My mom caught on that I didn't go to school yesterday."
Selin: [NORMAL] Annem dün okula gitmediğimi çakozladı.
QUIZ
James: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
James: He is telling all those tall tales, but you just don’t have any interest in it.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Selin: çok da fifi
James: "I don't care a bit"
James: You must stay at work, otherwise you won’t be ready for the presentation tomorrow.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Selin: lamı cimi yok
James: "there is no way out"
James: He must have been snacking all day because the lunchbox was untouched.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Selin: çakozlamak
James: "to get a clue"
James: The waterpot I bought broke after the first use.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Selin: dandik
James: "low quality"

Outro

James: There you have it; you have mastered four Turkish Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at TurkishClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thank you everyone, and see you in another series!
Selin: Hoşçakalın!

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