Learn Turkish Language Online -- Turkish Learning Logo
[Learn Turkish: Home] [Turkish: Beginners]
[Table of Contents] [Questions/Comments]
[Learn Turkish: Downloads] [Blog: Our Turkish Life!]
[Turkish Love] [Learn Turkish: Website Updates]
[Turkish: Movies, Index]
[Learn Turkish: Personal Names]
[Turkish: Website Search Engine]
[Online Turkish Word Dictionary]
Learn Turkish language, 
Online color bar

Identify these
Famous Turks Series -- Turkish mountaineering team, set to conquer Everest
Famous Turks...
In Turkey - Türkiye'de

Turkish movies, Türk filmleri


Free updates for life!
Jim and Peri's
Commercial-free
CD/Broadband Editions
for Turkish Learning --
with triple ebook bonus!
Turkish movies and Turkish Language-learning CD/Broadband product

Turkish films and Turkish-learning book
Learn Turkish with this
Essential Suffixes
Printed Book

Turkish Delights
True stories of travellers to Turkey

The personal Turkish experiences of visitors to the
Learning Practical Turkish
web site...

Were you talking to me?
After about three weeks in Istanbul, I had picked up just enough Turkish to survive.

In Turkey - Türkiye'de

Tüm diğer müzik fırsatları için tıklayın !

Gittigidiyor, an ebay affiliate

One day, I was walking through the Grand Bazaar with a British friend. As two foreigners, we got the usual offers of tea and great prices from the many vendors, but declined them all. We weren't shopping, just walking through, engrossed in our conversation.

One of the vendors, whom we had ignored when he tried to lure us into his shop, began gesturing and complaining loudly in Turkish. I couldn't understand a word of what he said, but from his tone, I could tell that it was far from complimentary.

At first, his uncalled-for harangue startled me. Then it irritated. And I quickly made up my mind that I wasn't going to let him know how ignorant I really was about the Turkish language.

So, I turned to him and gave him my best-ever bluff...

"Efendim?" I asked clearly*.

His jaw dropped two feet, he turned bright red, and started, I assume, apologizing profusely.




But, I didn't stick around long enough for him to realize that I had no clue what he was saying.

KB (November '97)

* In this case "Efendim?" was used
(in a voice dripping with sarcasm)
to mean,
"I'm sorry, I didn't hear you well. Could you repeat please?"
Click following to learn about
all the uses of Efendim...
In Turkey - Türkiye'de

Ads by HepsiBurada
More Language Related Pages:
  • Translating Turkish, the basics
  • Conjunction Celebration
  • Turkish Verbs
  • Essential Idioms, Index
  • Essential Suffixes, Index
  • Sentence Structure, Standard
  • Turkish Pronunciation
  • Turkish Accenting
  • Turkish Numbers Revealed
  • NewsReaders' Dictionary, Index
  • [Learn Turkish: Home] [Learning Practical Turkish Table of Contents] [Turkish Learning Message Center]Please email us and tell us how we can improve the Learning Practical Turkish Web site.

    © Learn Turkish of the People! -- Personal Experiences in Turkey