Culture – Turkish Vocabulary

  1. The list of the words is below.
  2. Don’t forget to read the vocabulary tips.
  3. You can download the audios of the words with the link at the bottom of the post.

Vocabulary Tip:

e-dictionary or paper dictionary?

Thanks to technological advances, writing a query and clicking enter is enough to get meanings of a word with example sentences and many others. Some e-dictionaries even give you etymological information, pronunciation in different accents, collocation, thesaurus lists, cites from famous authors involving the query on one page. This is a great opportunity to learn about the word. However, some people prefer a bulky dictionary instead of using an electronic device. There is nothing wrong with that, either. We have not encountered a study focusing on whether one of them is more effective than the other. It depends on the person. Yet if you use an e-dictionary, more than a paper dictionary, be sure that you are using a good one (even the best!). Do not use a dictionary that gives you only one meaning and nothing else. Since you don’t need to pay for them, you can search online and find the best e-dictionary.

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Note-taking, flashcards etc.

Unless you seriously believe in your memory, You may want to take notes of the new vocabulary. Preparing flashcards, filling up vocabulary notebooks and many different methods you adopt would help you in the same way. Few studies have been made on which one is more effective. However, they commonly lead to the conclusion that writing notes in the order the words have appeared is more effective when remembering the meaning. The key thing is the repetition here. You can take notes in one way or another. But you need to repeat those notes until you recognize when you hear that word.

TurkishEnglishKahvaltıBreakfastTürk kahvesiTurkish coffeeÇayTeaCamiiMosqueSanatArtTürk kültürüTurkish cultureLokumTurkish delightBaklavaBaklavaŞarapWineRakıTurkish strong spirit flavoured with aniseMüzikMusicKediCatKiliseChurchAyranTurkish cold beverage made of yogurtHamamTurkish bathNargileShishaMüzeMuseumTavlaBackgammonSahlepMilk and orchid roots hot drink


NOTE: There is two-second break between each audio track. Try to pronounce your best before the track is played. You can repeat this activity until you feel comfortable with your pronunciation.