Catching a Cab
Lesson 8noobie Turkish Noobie
Catching a Cab
Taxis are generally an affordable way to get around cities in Turkey but, more importantly, are perfect opportunities to practice your Turkish. In today's lesson, we tell you exactly what to say to get where you want to go.
Taking a taxi.
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Wish I would have had this last time I was in Istanbul. . .
Apr 01, 2013
denız yıldız
Apr 15, 2013
Please give me the spelling " restaurant" in Turkish.
Apr 28, 2013

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Apr 29, 2013
oh my god thank you so much justin! I've been looking all over the place for a good dictionary app like that!
Jun 19, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
it was nice and easy :)
Jul 23, 2013
I'm assuming that "nereye" is "to where" as the dative "to" of "nerede" using the "-a" or "-e", but why isn't it "neredeye"?
Aug 08, 2013
That's right, Sean. The root here is "nere" for roughly "where," so "neredeye" would be both a dative and locative, which never occurs in Turkish. It would be like saying "from at where" in English. So, the three cases you will see are:

nerede = at where
nereye = to where
nereden = from where
Aug 08, 2013
nereye - tksim'e lutfen - burada lutfen - peki _tamam _olur- duz _sag _sol-tesekkurlr
Aug 20, 2013
Seems dam easy...after doing intermediaries & Beginner.
Sep 17, 2013
nice to learn
Sep 20, 2013
Jan 18, 2014
Interesting. It seems different but also to make sense!
Apr 07, 2014
Lokanta ve restoran arasındaki fark nedir? Please do not laugh. I realize that was most likely not correct, but you get the point. So, if you respond maybe you could give me the correct way to ask the question also!

I really appreciate the site btw. It is the first tool I have found that allows for so much interaction.
Apr 22, 2014
Ha, don't ever be embarrassed for trying to speak Turkish here. We'll nudge you in the right direction if something's off. In this case, you nailed it. Nice job.

Lokanta and restoran are often interchangeable, but generally, the word lokanta is used for smaller, less expensive places. If we were going to celebrate something at a nice, luxurious place with expensive food and drinks, we wouldn't call that a lokanta. (Though, a very nice Istanbul restaurant comes to mind with the name Yeni Lokanta - but it's being used ironically there.)

Interestingly, lokanta has come to mean something particularly specific within the community of foreigners (in Istanbul, at least). When we say "lokanta," we mean the cheap, Turkish home-cooking places (that are often set up buffet-line style). My Turkish friends are sometimes perplexed that we use the word so specifically - sort of funny how certain colloquialisms grow within even the foreign-speaker community :)
Apr 22, 2014
She uses a phrase in the speaking section that was not covered anywhere else. I notice this often happens in the speaking sections. Can you tell us what she's saying here?
Nov 07, 2014
I think she said gidiyorum, I am going
Nov 12, 2014

The video says : this video does not exist...

Thanks in advance...
Nov 29, 2016
Hello Justin!

I wanted to ask why did we use an apostrophe (') in (Taksim'e)?

Do we use with this particular suffix only? Or do we use it in particular conditions with every suffix??

Thanks in advance
Oct 06, 2017
Hi Fayrouz!

You should add an apostrophe whenever you add a suffix to a proper noun (that's any noun that is capitalized). So:

... etc.
Oct 06, 2017
Im so glad i found such a great program for leaning Turkish. However ,Unfortunately,i cant play "Fun" Clip...
Jan 06, 2018
"Fun" video is unavailable :( Can you fix it, please?
Jun 16, 2020
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