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    Y (~29 entries)  
    -y-A Buffer Letter used in several different situations, as a 'vowel separator'. 
    ya...ya

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    either...orYa bu deveyi gütmeli, ya bu diyardan gitmeli. (Turkish Proverb)
    Either drive this camel to pasture or leave the country. [Learn to accept this turn of events or get outta town!]

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    yahu

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    See here!/Look here!
    [Used for emphasis.]
    Yapma yahu. Please don't do that!

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    yakalamak

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    to catch, to detect, to hold responsiblePolis hırsızı yakaladı. The polise captured the thief.

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    yakın

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    near (to), nearby, closeyakında, soon, nearby

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    yakıt

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    fuel 
    yalnız

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    alone, only, just

    [Note...
    as a conjunction, this word means, but.]

    yalnız başına, alone, by oneself; singlehandedly

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    Yalnız başıma olsam giremezdim. If I'm by myself, I couldn't go in.
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    yan

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    • side
    • vicinity
    • Her yanım ağrıyor. I ache all over.
    • O yanlarda her zaman seyahat eder. He travels in that vicinity all the time.
    • yanında, next to

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    • yandan, sideways, from one side

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    • yan yan, sideways

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    • yan yana, side by side

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    • yanak, cheek

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    • Used in numerous Turkish idioms, phrases, and compound word constructions, such as:
      • yan çıkmak, to support, to take sides

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      • Yan cebime koy. I don't believe you.
        You can't fool me. Pull the other leg, it's got bells on.

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      • yandan görünüş, profile

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      • yanına kalmak, to get away with something [without punishment]...

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        Bu hakaret yanına kalmaz. You won't get away with this insult.

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    Yani [yani]...

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    • What I mean to say is...
    • That means...
    • In other words...
    See illustrated use of yani in the next panel below...

    What's that supposed to mean?
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    Rapacious Rhino (at top of  'toon):
    Mirror, mirror on the wall...
    who's the fairest of them all?
    [...is there anyone in this world more beautiful than I?]

    Rapacious Rhino (at bottom of  'toon, after the mirror explodes):
    What's that supposed to mean? [Yani?..]


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    yanmak/yakmakto burn, to set fire toyangın, a fire
    yangın musluğu, fire hydrant
    yanık, a burn or burned place, a scald
    yanlışwrong, falseBu yanıt doğru mu, yoksa yanlış mıdır? Is this answer true or false?
    yanılmak, to be mistaken, to be wrong
    yapmakto do, to make
    • Tek başıma bu işi yapabilirim. I can do this job by myself.
    • Yapma ya! Wow! Is what you say really true?!
    yardımaid, helpyardım etmek, to help; Lütfen yardım eder misiniz? Can you help me, please?
    yargı
    1. an idea, opinion
    2. a decision of a court
    yargıç, a judge
    yargıcı, a juror
    yargılamak, to try someone (in court), to judge (a case)
    yarıhalf of ayarım, a half or 12:30 pm
    yarımada, a peninsula
    yarıntomorrow 
    yaşamakto live, to experience, to have [experienced]
    • yaş, age
    • yaşlı, aged, old [a person]
    • Kaç yaşındasın? How old are you?
    yavaşslow 
    yazıhaneoffice 
    yazmakto writeyazı, (the act of) writing, an article (in a newspaper/magazine)
    yazar, a writer, author
    -ye, -yaSee -e, -a 
    yemekfood
    • yemek yemek, to eat
    • Kahvaltıyı saat kaçta yersiniz? What time do you eat breakfast?
    • yiyecek [derived from yemek], [a] food, something to eat; Tabak yiyecekle doludur. The plate is full of food.
    yenge
  • used when referring informally to your own wife or when referring very respectfully to the wife of another man
  • uncle's wife, affinal aunt
  • sister-in-law, brother's wife
  • Maalesef yengem gelemedi. Unfortunately my wife couldn't come.
  • Yenge hanım nasıl? How's your wife?
  • yeninew, recent, recently
    • Yeni geldim. I just got here.
    • yeniden, again; Şarkıyı yeniden söyleyin. Sing that song again.
    yerplace, spot, floor, space/room, ground, earth
    • Yer, The Planet Earth
    • yerine, instead of, in place of; Mary, Marietta'nın yerine gitti. Mary went in Marietta's place.
    • yerine koymak, to put oneself in another's shoes, to think of someone/something as (something else); Onu annesi yerine koyuyor. He looks on her as a mother.
    • yer almak, to be located in, to appear in; Takvimlerde, afişlerde, posterlerde ünlü sanatçılara ait eserlerin tıpkıbasımları yer alır. Reproductions of works belonging to famous artists appear in calendars, placards, and posters.
    • yerli, local, locally made, locally produced
    • yerle bir etmek, to wreck altogether, raze, destroy
      Hedefler yerle bir edildi.
      The targets were destroyed.
    • yeryüzü, the face of the earth, the world;

      Yeryüzünde günümüzde 55 devlet var İslam dünyasında ki biz de o devletlerden birisiyiz. Lütfen söyler misiniz, 55 devlet arasInda Taliban'a benzeyen bir tek yönetim var mı?
      These days there are 55 countries in the Islamic world and we're one of them. Please tell me, is there a single government among the 55 that resembles the Taliban? From the newspaper column 'Asabiya Koğuşu' by Erdoğan Tokmakçioğlu -- Gözcü Gazetesi, 9 October 2001

    yeşilgreen, the color
    or unripe
    • Kıskançlıktan yemyeşil oldum. I am green with envy.
    • yeşilimsi, yeşilimtrak, greenish
    • bir yeşil yaprak, a single green leaf
      [a poor man's present]
    yetmekto be enough
    • yeter, enough, sufficient
    • yeterli, adequate, sufficiently qualified, enough
    • yeter ki, all that is needed, provided that
    • yetinmek, to be content (with)
    • yetişmek, to catch, be in time for; Geç kaldım, trene yetişemem. I'm late, I won't be able to catch the train.
    • yetişmek/yetiştirmek, for a living thing to grow up, be raised; Çiftçi sebze yetiştirir. A farmer grows vegetables.
    • yetişkin,
      1. mature, fully developed
      2. adult
    yılyearYeni yıllar kutlu olsun!
    Happy New Year!
    yokthere isn't, it doesn't exist, haven't/hasn't
    • Onun kitabı yok; He doesn't have a book.
      (There is no book of his.)
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    • yok satmak, to sell out [of merchandise] quickly; Onun yeni romanı yok satıyor. Her new novel is selling out quickly.
    • yok etmek, to destroy
    • yoksa, otherwise
    • Yok bir şey...
      It's nothing, not important...
    yolroad/path/way
    • yolcu, passenger
    • yolculuk, trip
    • İyi yolculuklar! Have a nice trip! [Bon Voyage!]
    • Bu, sinemanın yoludur.
      (Bu, sinemaya giden yoldur).

      This is the way to the sinema.
    • Her şey yolunda.
      Everything is O.K.

    • yolsuz
      1. roadless, trackless
      2. See the 'Geopolitical' page.
      3. broke, penniless
    • yolsuzluk
      1. lack of roads
      2. See the 'Geopolitical' page.
      3. pennilessness, being broke
    yorulmakto get tired, to tire
    • yorgun, tired, weary; Yorgunum. I'm tired.
    • Yoruldum. I got tired, I'm tired.
    • yorgunluk, fatigue, weariness, tiredness; Aşırı yorgunluk ve grip nedeniyle evinde bayılan ünlü şovmen Mehmet Ali Erbil Alman Hastanesi'nde yoğun bakım ünitesinde tedavi altına alındı. Famous Turkish-celebrity Mehmet Ali Erbil (who fainted in his home due to extreme fatigue and the flu) was taken under treatment in the intensive care unit of the German Hospital [in Istanbul].
      Gözcü Gazetesi, 18 Jan 2002
    yöndirection, side point of view
    • yönünden, with regard to; üslup yönünden, with regard to style
    • yönelik, directed towards,
      aimed at
      ; Taliban'a yönelik harekattan faydalanan Kuzey İttifakı, dün Kabil'in kuzeyine taarruz başlattı. The Afghan 'Northern Alliance' who benefited from the military operation directed at the Taliban, began attacks in the north of Kabul yesterday.
    • yönelmek, to head towards
    • yöneltmek, to direct, steer towards
    • yönetmek, to manage
    • yönetici, manager, director, administrator; Bay Çalı yöneticimizdir [müdürümüzdür]. Mr. Çalı is our director.
    • yönetim, management, government, administration
    yukarıupper, up
    • Yukarı çıktı. He went upstairs.
    • yukarıda, above, upstairs
    • Yukarı Manhattan, Upper Manhattan

    • yüksek, high, lofty; Tavana dokunamam, o çok yüksektir. I can't touch the ceiling, it's too high.
    • yüksek tansiyon, high blood pressure
    yumuşaksoft, gentle 
    yüzA word that usually means 'face' (or one-hundred)...
    • Yüzünü aynada görebilirsiniz. You can see your face in the mirror.
    • Bahçede yüz keçi var. There are a hundred goats in the garden.
    • It has at least six other meanings too. And when it's combined with other words to form Turkish idioms, the list of uses just grows and grows...For example,
      • bu yüzden, for this reason, because of this, therefore; Benim yüzümden hep bunlar! All these things [have happened] because of me!
      • yüzü görmek, to experience, to have; Altı haftadır rahat yüzü görmedim. I haven't had a moment's peace in six weeks.
    yüzdepercent 
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