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1001 Essential Turkish Idioms-Learn Turkish Online

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  • 1001 Essential Turkish Idioms-Learn Turkish Online

    -- A sample of --


    1,001


    Essential Turkish


    Idioms


    (for English Speakers)




    The ‘Best of’


    Learning Practical Turkish


    Volume 2






    Jim and Perihan Masters


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    1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms (for English speakers)


    The ‘Best of’ Learning Practical Turkish Vol. 2


    1st Print Edition -- November 2003


    1st Electronic Edition -- May 2006



    Published by


    Habibullah Enterprises, SA


    P.K. 27


    35480 Gümüldür


    İzmir, Turkey (Türkiye)



    WWW Website:


    http://learningpracticalturkish.com/


    E-mail: jimmasters@practicalturkish.com



    Non-original illustrations from public domain sources via


    Hürriyet TARIH and Popüler TARIH (İstanbul)



    ISBN – Application submitted



    text and cover © Habibullah Enterprises


    cover and inside graphics by Patricia Rawlings



    Printed by Taşkın Matbaası, Gümüldür-İzmir, Turkey (Türkiye)



    Habibullah Enterprises, the Habibullah logo and Learning Prac-


    tical Turkish logo are trademarks of four country computing,


    ltd.



    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be repro-


    duced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form


    by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or


    otherwise, except brief extracts for the purpose of review,


    without the written permission of the publisher and copyright


    owner. 3


    About the Authors



    Jim and Perihan Masters are a husband and wife team, living on


    the Aegean Coast of Turkey just 50 miles south of İzmir. Jim


    was born in Shanghai, China -- of American military parentage.


    Peri was born on the Black Sea coast of Turkey near Trabzon,


    of Turkish military parentage…



    First at Brown University and then at the University of North


    Carolina, Jim pursued studies in Mathematics and Computer


    Science. Upon graduation, he worked as a computer program-


    mer/analyst on both US coasts before taking a position in


    London as Technical Director for a computer facilities man-


    agement firm – during the late 60’s and early 70’s. Enticed by a


    Financial Times advertisement, he joined a NATO sponsored


    enterprise in Ankara in the 70’s where he met the beautiful


    and brainy Perihan, a rising young Turkish banking executive. It


    was uninhibited love at first sight, except that neither spoke


    the other’s language! So they embarked on a mad language-


    learning scramble (which continues to this day) that culminated


    in their marriage -- now in its 20-something year.



    After spending fifteen working years Stateside (with numer-


    ous visitations to Turkey), the two opted to return permanent-


    ly to Turkey in 1992 to take up residence in Gümüldür, a sea-


    side resort town in the heart of what was once the ancient


    Ionian Empire. There they live an idyllic life by the sea --


    writing, drawing and painting, teaching English, and providing


    computing service support to local businesses.



    They also sponsor the MSNBC award-winning


    Learning Practical Turkish (LPT) website (located at


    http://learningpracticalturkish.com/) that has built an enthu-


    siastic international following of devoted


    Turkophiles and inquisitive language students of all ages. 4



    From the Authors



    The Authors wish to extend a special thanks to Taşkın Çalı, our


    dear pal and language-adviser (and Beşiktaş’s stoutest sup-


    porter south of the Golden Horn) -- whose invaluable help with


    the LPT website (and with this book too!) leaves us eternally in


    his debt. And, to Patricia Rawlings (our favorite ‘Girl of the


    North Country’) -- for her inspirational encouragement and in-


    creasingly accomplished assistance across the board -- we send


    the four warmest winds of our Aegean appreciation.





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    Visit our website soon and often… It’s dedicated to struggling


    Turkish language learners just like you -- and it’s loaded with


    authentic voice recordings too!!


    The Learning Practical Turkish website is located at:


    http://learningpracticalturkish.com/ 5




    Table of Contents



    Introduction................................................... 6


    1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms ............................. 8


    Acronyms, abbreviations, notations ......................... 9


    The Best of the Idiom Stories............................. 22


    Sources and Acknowledgements............................. 25


    Book Index ................................................... 27



    Above page numbers relate to the full version of our


    Volume 2 ebook -- not this sample...




    Note: See the inside front and back covers for


    phonetic pronunciation guidance.









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    Turkish language learners just like you -- and it’s loaded with


    authentic voice recordings too!!


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    Introduction


    The weird and wonderful ways of Turkish expression



    As we’ve stated on previous occasions, we think that Turkish is


    a difficult language to learn if you come from an English-


    speaking background -- as some of us do.


    • The vocabulary is hard to remember (and can be ambigu-


    ous)


    • The tricky use of suffixes can drive you to drink


    • The word order in sentences is backwards to English, and


    • The way of expressing actions and ideas takes a lot of


    getting used to



    This, the second book in our series, The Best of Learning Prac-


    tical Turkish, will (of necessity) address all four of those


    difficulties -- but with a primary focus on the ‘weird and won-


    derful ways’ of Turkish expression. Thus, the whole of its


    content is devoted to the essential Turkish idioms. If you've


    ever felt lost trying to follow a Turkish conversation, it may be


    because of these 'comprehension killers'.



    We know you've seen reference books written for English


    speakers about English and American idioms. But, although


    there are many fine books on Turkish idioms, they’ve all been


    written for Turkish speakers in Turkish. Until now.



    Those of you who know our WWW website may remember when


    our original Turkish idiom encyclopedia ‘hit the bricks’ in 1996.


    And you may have watched it growing over time, ever since. (As


    we write this Introduction, the online compilation has swelled


    to almost 1500 idioms.)



    Our online idioms encyclopedia is based on more than 12 years


    of personal in-country experience. And it reflects quite a wide 7


    range of interests -- having been gleaned from A) conversa-


    tions with our Turkish friends and neighbors, B) Radio and TV


    broadcasts, C) Turkish movies, D) the Turkish print media, E)


    Turkish pop-music lyrics, F) Turkish folk tales and histories


    and G) Turkish novels.



    The specific 1,001 essential Turkish idioms found in this book


    (along with several of their historical-origin stories) represent


    the crème de la crème of our online encyclopedia. Painstakingly


    selected, revised, and arranged for the printed page, these ba-


    sic Turkish idioms are intended to meet the everyday needs of


    Beginners and Intermediate learners of the Turkish language.


    These are the idioms you’ll hear and see wherever you go, who-


    ever you meet, whatever you read.



    But enough of this palaver! It’s time to kick back and send your


    Turkish language-learning skills into overdrive -- as you explore


    LPT’s 1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms.




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    Visit our website soon and often… It’s dedicated to struggling


    Turkish language learners just like you -- and it’s loaded with


    authentic voice recordings too!!


    The Learning Practical Turkish website is located at:


    http://learningpracticalturkish.com/ 8


    LPT’s


    1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms






    Visit our website soon and often… It’s dedicated to struggling


    Turkish language learners just like you -- and it’s loaded with


    authentic voice recordings too!!


    The Learning Practical Turkish website is located at:


    http://learningpracticalturkish.com/ 9



    Acronyms, abbreviations, notations






    AB The European Union – Turkish abbreviation


    ABD The United States – Turkish abbreviation


    AKP 'Justice and Development Party' [Turkish political


    party] - the ruling governmental party when it


    swept national elections in November 2002 to rule


    for 6 years.


    Br British English


    CHP The 'Popular Democratic Party'


    [Turkish political party]


    coll. colloquial


    DEHAP Democratic People's Party [a minor Turkish


    political party]


    DSP Democratic Left Party [Turkish political party]


    DYP True Path Party [Turkish political party]


    example Underlined words indicate a cross-reference.


    [example] Bracketed words supplement the original entry.


    (example) Parenthetical words explain the original entry.


    EU The European Union – English abbreviation


    Fig. Figuratively


    IMF The International Monetary Fund


    Lit. Literally


    MHP National Movement Party [Turkish political party]


    sb somebody/someone


    sth something


    US American English


    YSK Supreme Election Committee of Turkey


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    Turkish Idioms beginning with the letter A


    The Turkish The Literal The 'Plain' Comments and


    English English Meaning Examples


    Meaning



    aba altından değnek to show a stick · to speak softly but carry 'Şöyle yaparım, böyle


    (sopa) göstermek (bat) under the a big stick ederim' diye bize aba


    cloak · to cause fear, indirectly altından değnek göste-


    riyordu. He was


    threatening us indirectly


    by saying that he would


    do this or that.


    Aba bulamaz etine, at- He can't even Even though he is poor, May be used as shown.


    las yamar götüne. find coarse wool he likes to show off.


    for his skin, but



    This proverbial he patches over


    idiom is considered just his ass with


    a little off-color. satin.


    Abacı, kebeci; (ya) sen He makes coarse · Where do you come in?! Onu ilgilendirmeyen


    neci? wool and felt What concern of this is konulardan söz etmesi-


    jackets. And yours?! ne kızıp: ‘Abacı, kebeci;


    you, what's your · It's all right for him/her ya sen necisin?’ dedim.


    line of work? to talk about this subject, I got angry with her for


    because he/she's got first- talking about matters that


    hand knowledge. But didn’t concern her and I


    what gives you the right said, ‘So, who asked


    to butt in? you?!’


    abayı sermek to spread out the to make yourself at home Sizinkinde onur yok,


    coarse wool coat someplace where you’re gitti, yerleşip kaldı; a-


    not wanted; bayı serdi. Your relative


    move in on somebody has no pride, he went,


    then settled in


    and stayed (at another’s


    place); he just moved in.


    abayı yakmak to burn the to give your heart to sb; to Yoksul bir çoban zengin


    coarse wool coat fall desperately in love adamın kızına abayı


    yakmış. A poor shepherd


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