Getting a Table
Lesson 39noobie Turkish Noobie
Getting a Table
Look at you! All dressed up and enjoying Istanbul's fine dining scene. Don't forget your language skills at home - impress that hot date by asking for the table in Turkish.
Getting a table.
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THANKS , everything was quite clear
Aug 31, 2013
I cannot see the fun tab!
Oct 10, 2013
Hey Justin,
Thanks for the great website! You're doing all the disoriented yabancilar a huge favor!
Now is this the common way of asking for a table? In the US we say: a table for 2 please instead of: is there an empty table? So is there another common way for asking for a table? Thanks
Feb 08, 2014
Merhaba! Çok teşekkür ederiz :)

What we have here is perfectly acceptable. "Boş masa var mı" sounds completely natural.

I asked Büşra for some other colloquial phrases, and she came back with:

Boş yeriniz var mı? ("Do you have an empty place?")
Boş masanız var mı? ("Do you have an empty table?")
İçerisi müsait mi? ("Is the inside free?")

Besides what we already listed in the lesson, "kişiyiz" is also used extremely frequently in these situations:

Boş masanız var mı? Üç kişiyiz.
Do you have a free table? We're three people.
Feb 08, 2014
Hi justin,

can you help me again?
difference between:

Tamam ? / Peki ? / olun mu?

ps: my english is poor. Sorry.
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
They're extremely close in meaning. Tamam is the most common. Peki isn't usually used as a question - you're far more likely to hear "Tamam mı?" or "Olur mu?" But if you just want to say "okay," they're more or less identical.
Mar 31, 2014
çok Tesekkurler!
Mar 31, 2014
I love the lullaby in the fun tab. Found the lyrics on YouTube and going to try and work out what the words actually mean!
Nov 14, 2014
Hey, guys :) you are doing extremely good job here! all thumbs up for you. And the lullaby made my day :) I think I will have it in my head for several days :) cok cok guzel
Nov 17, 2014
Hey Justin,
Great site. Keep up the good work. One question; shouldn't "at the library" be "kutuphanede"? Doesn't "kutuphane" just mean "the library"?
Thanks again for your hard work. And to your several co-hosts who are delightful!
Sep 30, 2015
Merhaba Justin,
Not sure if the site is still checked but I had a question about the polite commands. Would it be possible to use the plural endings to be even more polite/formal? Might be a weird questions since its hard to both command and be formal at the same time. You kind of glossed over it when talking about using plural endings to be polite but didn't apply it to the command so I wasn't sure if that was something that happened.
Dec 03, 2017
Merhaba Rhys!

Good question! Here's a run down of all the imperative forms:

Gel - basic, informal
Gelin - plural or polite singular
Geliniz - plural and/or very polite. Usually only seen on signs or instructions. Not often spoken.
Dec 05, 2017
Çok teşekkürler Justin!
Dec 05, 2017
Ahmed Sahir
Thank you so much very useful website
Jul 02, 2019
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