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Famous Turks Series -- Movie Poster for 'Aşka Vakıt Yok' (No Time For Love) with Fikret Hakkan and Gülgün Ok (1963)
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In the first three panels of this wonderfully apropos cartoon by Süleyman Özkonuk
(from Türkiye, January 5, 1999),
the young heroine does a credible job of mouthing three of the 'tongue twisters' found
on this page, below. Then, in the fourth panel she says [approximately],
"So...since I can say these phrases, I can easily be a Talk Show host.
What else could I possibly need?
"

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    Like a [rolling] stone?
    A Riddle and a Tongue-Twister Combination!

  • Ufacık mermer taşı, içinde beyler aşı, pişirirsen aş olur, pişirmezsen kuş olur.
    (oo-fah-jihk mehr-mehr tah-shih, ee-cheen-deh behy-lehr ah-shih, pee-shee-reer-sehn ahsh oh-loor,
    pee-sheer-mehz-sehn koosh oh-loor)

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    [It's surface is like] a small marble stone; inside [maybe] people-chow; if you cook it, it becomes food; if you don't cook it, it becomes a bird.
    What is it? An egg... Thanks, PM 3/00

    BTW, this entry comes to us by way of an original Turkish Shadow Theater 'stage' routine -- found in
    Karagöz Hacivat (Çocuk Bahçesi, ODA YAYINLARI, 1996) by Olcay Göçmen...

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    Well, well, well...

  • İndim kuyu dibine, silindim, sirkildim, çıktım.
    (een-deem koo-yoo dee-bee-neh, see-leen-deem, seer-keel-deem, chihk-tihm)

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    I fell to the bottom of the well, I dried myself off, shook myself, and came back up.

    Note: Say this three times quickly -- at your own risk, in public.
    If you're not careful, you may unintentionally spout an obscenity upon reaching the
    last word in the sentence...

    Thanks Cher, TÇ, and Yasemin R. -- 3/00

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    Imperfect in Czechoslavkia...
    ...in which a real Türk
    actually strains himself saying one of these babies!

    Bless my toes and leg-hair, Marvin...

  • Siz Çekoslovakyalılaştırabildiklerimizden misiniz yoksa Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdan mısınız?
    (sihz cheh-koh-sloh-vahk-yah-lih-lahsh-tih-rah-beel-deek-leh-ree-meez-dehn mee-see-neez yohk-sah cheh-koh-sloh-vahk-yah-lih-lahsh-tih-rah-mah-dihk-lah-rih-mihz-dahn mih-sih-nihz?)

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    Was it possible for us to Czechoslovakianize you or was it not possible for us to Czechoslovakianize you? Thanks, CB 9/99

    BTW, Jesse tells us that The Guiness Book of World Records
    reckons the longest word in the known world is Turkish:

    'Çekoslovakyalılaştırabilemediklerimizlerdenmisiniz'
    (a 50-letter variation of the above) which means:
    'Are you in the group of persons that they say we couldn't Czechoslovakianize?'

    But...strictly speaking, the 'misiniz' suffix in the above should be separated from the rest of the 'word' by a space -- which might cause it to lose its Guiness 'record status'.
    Still, if you're able to overlook that point for a sec (Turkish newspaper-writers overlook it all the time, in order to conserve space -- so why not you?), OG [March 2000, Stanford] offers an even longer alternative:
    "Afyonkarahisarlılaştırabilemediklerimizdenmiymişsiniz?" which means:
    "Are you in the group of persons that they say we couldn't Afyonkarahisarianize?" [Afyonkarahisar is the correct, full city-name for 'Afyon' which is about halfway between Izmir and Ankara on the main bus route...]

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    To paint or not to paint?

  • Bu odayı badanalamalı mı, yoksa badanalamamalı mı?
    (Boo oh-dah-yih bah-dah-nah-lah-mah-lih mih, yoke-sah bah-dah-nah-lah-mah-mah-lih mih?)

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    Should we paint this room [white] or should we not paint it [white]? Thanks, YB 1/99

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    Raindrops keep falling on our heads...

  • Gökten bir damla düştü, şıp benim alnıma, şıp anamın alnına...
    (Gherk-tehn beer dahm-lah duush-tuu, shihp beh-neem ahl-nih-mah, shihp ah-nah-mihn ahl-ih-nah,...)

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    A drop fell from the sky, plop, on my forehead, plop, on my mother's forehead, etc...
    [Note: If you don't say this one correctly, you quickly cross-over into 'off-color' territory. Write us if you can't figure out why, on your own...]
    Thanks, CB 4/99

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    A Bottle for All Seasons

  • Şu köşe yaz köşesi, şu köşe kış köşesi, ortada su şişesi.
    (Shoo ker-shey yahz ker-shey-see, shoo ker-shey kihsh ker-shey-see or-tah-dah soo she-shey-see)

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    That corner is the 'summer' corner, the other corner is the 'winter' corner, and in the middle is a bottle of water. Thanks, YS 4/97

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    Which Turntable...?

  • O pikap, bu pikap, şu pikap...
    (Oh pee-cop, boo pee-cop, shoo pee-cop)

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    That turntable, this turntable, the other turntable there...Thanks, YS 4/97

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    Ali Baba's Forty Broken Handles

  • Kırk küp, kırkınında kulpu kırık küp...
    (Kihrk kyoop, kihrk-ihn-ihn-da cool-poo kihr-ick kyoop)

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    Forty cubes, all forty with a broken handle...Thanks, SS 4/97

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    Puckered Passages

  • Şemsi Paşa Pasajında sesi büzüşeseciler...
    (Shem-see Pah-sha Pash-aj-ihn-da sehs-ee booz-oo-shay-say-chee-lair)

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    The ones with their voices puckered in the Şemsi Paşa Passage-way...
    Thanks, YS 4/97

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    Then the Eagle Flies

  • Kartal kalkar dal sarkar, dal sarkar kartal kalkar.
    (Car-tahl kahl-car dahl sahr-car, dahl sahr-car car-tahl kahl-car)

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    The eagle takes off, the branch bends; the branch bends, the eagle takes off. Thanks, YS 4/97

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    Pass the Clorets, please!

  • Yoğurdu sarmısaklasaktamı saklasak. Sarmısaklamasaktamı saklasak.
    (Yoh or du sahr mah sock lah sock tahmuh sock lah sock. Sahr mah sock lah mah sock tahmuh sock lah sock)

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    Should we put the yogurt away with the garlic or without the garlic? Thanks, PM 2/97

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    The Barbers of Seferihisar

  • Bir berber bir berbere bir derede bire berber beri gel demis. Hiç bir berber bir berbere bir derede bire berber beri gel dermiymiş.
    (Beer bare bare beer bare bare eh beer derry dey beer eh bare bare berry gehl deymish. Hitch beer bare bare beer bare bare eh beer derry dey beer eh bare bare berry gehl dare mee mish)

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    One barber said to another barber, "Hey, barber, come over here in the stream." How dare a barber say to another barber, "Hey barber, come over here in the stream!" Thanks, PM 2/97

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    The Barbers Redux

  • Bir berber bir berbere gel beraber Berberistanda bir berber dükkanı açalım demiş.
    (Beer bare bare beer bare bare eh gehl bear-ah-bear Bear-bear-ee-stahn-dah beer bear-bear doo-kahn-ih ahtch-ah-lihm day-mish)

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    One barber said to another barber, "Come, let's go together and open a barber shop in [the mythical country of] Barberia." Thanks, TÇ 4/97

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    The Blind Porcupines

  • İki kel kör kirpinin yırtık kürküne dişi kel kör kirpinin yırtık kürkünü eklemişler.
    (Ick-ee kell kur keer-pin-in yihr-tihk cure-kyoon-eh dee-she kell kur keer-pin-in yihr-tihk cure-kyoon-oo eck-ley-mish-lair)

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    They added the ragged coat of the bald blind female porcupine to the coats of the other two bald blind porcupines. Thanks, YS 4/97
    [Bet'cha that one twists tongues in any language! What'cha think...?]

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    Shoe Repairs -- not done here!

  • Al şu takatukaları, takatukacıya götür. Takatukacı takatukaları takatukalamam derse, takatukaları, takatukacıdan takatukalatmadan geri getir.
    (Ahl shoe tah-kah-took-kah-lar-ih tah-kah-took-kah-jee-yah grr-tour, tah-kah-took-kah-jee tah-kah-took-kah-lar-ih tah-kah-took-kah-lah-mom dare-say, tah-kah-took-kah-lar-ih, tah-kah-took-kah-jee-dehn tah-kah-took-kah-lot-mah-dahn gherry get-tihr)

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    Take these 'takatukas'
    [wooden sandals often worn in Turkish Baths -- that make the 'takatuka' sound when you walk]
    to the 'takatuka' repair man. If the 'takatuka' repairman says,
    "I don't repair 'takatukas'," then take back the 'takatukas' from the 'takatuka' repairman. Thanks, TÇ 6/97

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