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Everyday Exclamations II

We received an e-message the other day from old friend John Guise (of Ninni, Just Peachy, and Manisa Turkish fame) which (when he'd got passed his kind greetings and onto the language points) went something like this... "One of my correspondents sent this composite list to me and I thought to put it somewhere on my website. But then it occurred to me that your site may have an even happier home for it. What do you think, Jim? Have you already covered these exclamations? If not, then help yourself; they were graciously supplied to me by Ms. Burcu Dicle Yıldız."

Well, it turns out that we have indeed tried to cover a lot of them previously (eg. The Allah Idioms, Bismillah, etc.) -- though Turkish exclamations (because they can have different meanings in different unrelated situations) aren't so easy to pigeon-hole. But, no matter... it's always helpful to have fresh insight on difficult topics -- especially when it comes from a Native Turk! So, here below is our second attempt to address the topic of Turkish Exclamations -- this time with the aid of Burcu Hanım's insightful input. And we sure hope it helps, fellow language strugglers...

Everyday Turkish Exclamations
The Exclamation
The paraphrased
Redhouse 'Primary Situation' Definition
Burcu Hanım's Insight
İNSALLAH Used in situations in which English-speakers would use 'Hopefully'. Use before beginning something.
BİSMILLAH In the name of God... (said prayerfully by a Muslim as he/she embarks on some activity) Use just at beginning of an act.
ALLAH ALLAH coll. Goodness gracious!/How strange Used when one has been surprised.
EYVALLAH So be it./If you say so. Used when one has given up/given in.
YA ALLAH Go. Get going. (An encouraging command) Go to the limit.
VALLAH BILLAH I Promise! I swear to God it's true! So help me God! Promise, swear.
EVEL ALLAH with God's help; Certainly. Said to demonstrate one's self confidence.
ALİMALLAH God knows. Said by someone who is highly motivated.
FESUPHANALLAH Good God Almighty! (Said in amazement) Used when one is bored.
HASBINALLAH Good God! Used when one is extremely bored.
İLLALLAHI'm fed up!/I give up!/I've had enough! Used when giving up [hope].
ALLAH, ALLAH, ALLAH Good God Almighty! (Said in amazement) Used to vocalize great inspiration and motivation.
MAŞALLAHWonderful!/Magnificent!/Just look at that! Used when one has succeeded.
HAY ALLAHMy God! Said by someone facing faliure.
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  • Sentence Structure, Standard
  • Turkish Pronunciation
  • Turkish Accenting
  • Turkish Numbers Revealed
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  • Aysel, The Turkish Lout's daughter -- has a sexy job interview technique
  • Ferdi Tayfur - Arabesque (Arabesk) Singing Sensation
  • Turkish Movies - Best-Looking Bad Girl of the 1970s, Sevda Ferdağ
  • Bad Girls of the 1970s Turkish Cinema, Aliye Rona
  • Frequently asked questions about Turkey and the Turkish language
  • llustrated Nargile Users Guide -- and Encyclopedia
  • Our Honda Generator -- A Member of the Family
  • Profiles of the Turkish People
  • Turkish Terms Of Endearment
  • Turkish Personal Names
  • Politically Incorrect Turkish Humor
  • Why Off-Color Turkish is important too
  • Gossipy Turkish Who's Who
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #6 - Turkish Turn-Ons
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #1 - Turkey opens up about its seks
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #2 - Did they hear it through the grapevine?
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #3 - Was it good for you?
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #4 - The first time, by age group...
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #5 - Who's gotta have it? He? Or she?
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  • Translating Danielle Steele

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    14 February 2006

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