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1. One of the first things I noticed about Turkish is that there are many foreign words. In particular, many modern technical expressions were adopted from French. With that in mind, what is the Turkish word for motor bike?
2. Another language which gave a lot of loan words to Turkish is Arabic. An Arabic word meaning "owner" has also made it into Hindi and other languages of the Indian sub-continent - in a slightly mutated form - and from there into English. What is the Turkish word for "owner"?
3. The other way round, Turkish has inspired many quite common English words. Of the following choices, which word is NOT of Turkish origin?
4. What is the Turkish word for "lion"? Readers of C. S. Lewis might be able to guess the answer to this one.
5. You may have used Turkish Airlines to vacation in Turkey, or used Istanbul Atatürk Airport as a hub for further reaching travel. Their acronym THY comes from their Turkish name "Türk Hava Yollari". What does "Türk Hava Yollari" literally mean?
6. Turkish is an agglutinative language - many syllables can be "glued" to the end of one word to indicate the grammatical function of the word or to make a new word. You can even put one complete English sentence into one Turkish word.
What are these syllables called?
7. Enough grammar, I never learned that much anyway. But I always had fun with the vocabulary. Besides numbers, colors are good to learn in the beginning. What is the Turkish word for "blue"?
8. Also important in any language are words for food! Which of the ingredients for a very basic Turkish breakfast is bread?
9. A trip to Kapaliçarshi (the Grand Bazaar) is always exciting. A particular challenge is to decline the offers of the very eager vendors, especially when you come quite early and the bazaar is not yet crowded and the vendors can be very insistent. You may end up wasting a lot of time or buying stuff you don't really want.
Which of these is a very efficient way to let the vendor know that you are not interested?
10. Before I leave you with this bit of pidgin Turkish, one more question. Of the following choices, three are phrases you could use to say goodbye, one is used to say hello. Which one is used for hello?
Source: Author malama
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