Introducing our new blog series: İngilizce Türkiye’de
TurksLearnEnglish.com is excited to announce the launch of our series: İngilizce Türkiye’de. In this series we will highlight great venues across Turkey, such as restaurants, galleries, tourist attractions and entertainment facilities.
We will focus on establishments where the Turkish staff has a strong command of the English language. Our inspiration for this series is both to highlight great establishments for residents and visitors to Turkey, and also praise establishments with a strong command of the English language. We will also use this series to highlight language lessons related to the service industry. For a Turkish native speaker to adapt to a service culture in English, there can often be challenges. Much of the time, literal translations from Turkish into English don’t work well.
There are several elements of Turkish service language that should not be literally translated into English when providing service. For example:
‘Başka istediğiniz var mı’ should translate to:
- Is there anything else?
- Do you need anything else?
- Would you like anything else?
Likewise, the often used ‘isim?’ when requesting someone’s name in Turkish needs to be a much longer to sound polite in English:
- Can I have your name?
- Can I take your name?
Unfortunately, the very question ‘Name?’ used by Turkish Starbucks staff is not polite English.
And for staff who look up from the counter and see a chance to use English, where you would normally use ‘buyurun’, why not try:
- Hi, can I help you?
We hope that you will enjoy our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. If you know of any establishments across Turkey that should be highlighted for their great command of the English language as well as providing a great service, please let us know! Whether it be a restaurant, an entertainment venue, guide or tourist attraction we would be happy to hear from you!