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Ten Ways a Turk Might Wish You Well


Ken Grubb

An image depicting Turkish people being friendly and wishing the reader the best.Turks are known for their friendliness and close relationships, as well as their politeness and consideration of others. So they have certain "set phrases," which are used to express good wishes to you in various circumstances. Usually, the reply would be "teşekkür ederim" (teh-shek-kyur eh-deh-reem), which means "thank you," or "sağol" (sah-ol), which is a wish for life, but is also used to say "thank you." If a different reply is called for, it will be noted below.

1. When you sneeze, a Turk will say...

"Çok yaşa!" (choke yah-shah), Meaning "a long life to you!"

You would reply "sen de gör!" (sen deh-goor), Meaning "may you live to see it!"

2. When you are about to eat something, a Turk will say...

"Afiyet olsun!" (ah-fee-yet ol-soon), Meaning "good appetite!" Or they may say "Beraber Olsun!" (beh-rah-behr ol-soon), meaning "may it be so, together!" and insist you join them and share their meal.

3. When you are feeling ill, or going through a difficult time, a Turk will say...

"Geçmiş Olsun" (gech-mish ol-soon)! Meaning "may it pass quickly!"

4. When you have just taken a shower, a Turk will say...

"Sıhhatlar olsun!" Meaning "may it bring you health!"

5. When you have just bought a new article of clothing, a Turk will say...

"Güle güle giyin!" (goo-leh goo-leh gee-yeen)! Meaning "wear it with a smile!"

6. When you have just bought a new computer, smart phone, appliance, etc, a Turk will say...

"Güle güle kullanın!" Meaning "use it with a smile!"

7. When you have just bought a new house, started a business, or started your business day, a Turk will say...

"Hayırlı olsun!" Meaning "may it have a good result!"

8. When you have bought a new pair of glasses, or jewelry, a Turk will say...

"Güle güle takın!" Meaning "wear it with a smile!"

9. When you are working, a Turk will say...

"Kolay gelsin!" Meaning "may it (your work) come easily!" Or they may say "Hayırlı olsun!" meaning "may it have a good result!"

10. When you are departing, a Turk will say...

"Hoşça kal!" Meaning "stay well!" He or she may also say "kendini iyi bak!" Meaning "take good care of yourself!"


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