Greetings in Turkish


 Turkish has two forms of you – sen and siz (like the French tu and vous) – the first is singular/informal, and the second is plural/formal. Generally you should use the formal one, unless speaking to someone you know well.


In most situations greeting someone has several parts:

The first part – saying hello

Both parties say Merhaba Hello, or depending on time of day perhaps one of the following:

Günaydın Good morning

İyi günler Good day (may be used throughout the day)

İyi akşamlar  Good evening


On meeting someone for the first time:

Memnun oldum  Pleased to meet you.


The other person responds with: 

Ben de memnun oldum. Pleased to meet you too.

The second part – asking about health

Nasılsınız? (singular/informal Nasılsın?)  How are you?

The response is: İyiyim, teşekkür ederim/teşekkürler I am well, thank you/thanks

This is followed by asking the same question in return:

Siz nasılsınız? How are you? (or Sen nasılsın?)

The other person replies Ben de iyiyim, teşekkür ederim  I am fine too.


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