Turkey, of words and language

I love language. I feel it is a window into local civilizations. So I’m constantly gravitating towards learning phrases. Occasionally enthusiasm strikes and I dive into a new language entirely. Usually it does not sustain itself much and I end up with a lot of vocabulary, and several dozens of sentences, if I’m lucky some grammar, all enough to distinguish myself from 99% of all foreigners, but transparently foreign to a native ear. Usually locals humor me and I’m appreciated for this!

In Turkish I found a lot of words familiar to anyone speaking Hindi or Urdu, or Pharsi or Arabic I reckon.  Here they are, just for fun:



Valide (queen mother)

Kanuni (name given to emperor who set up laws)



Gunaha (temptation)

Gunaydin (good morning, like gun good and din day)






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