Useful Turkish Words/Phase
geliş – Arrival
gidiş – Departure
giriş – Entrance Of
çıkış – Exit
biniş kapısı – Boarding Gate Turkey
biniş kartı – Boarding Card
bagaj isteme – Baggage Claim
tuvalet – Toilet
kapalı – Closed
içecek su – Drinking Water
acil çıkış – Emergency Exit
bay – Gents
bayan – Lady
asansör – Lift/Elevator
girilmez – No Entry
sigara içmeyiniz – No Smoking
çekiniz – Pull
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itiniz – Push
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Turkey Fun Facts Turkey Country Facts Turkish Culture/Business Dos
The only city in the world that is located on two Name: Republic of Turkey Do dress conservatively for business occasions.
continents is Istanbul. Government: Republican Parliamentary Democracy Do eat everything on your plate.
Turkey is the only secular Muslim country Population: 76,805,524 (July 2009 est.) Do pay for the meal if you initiated the
amongst all the Muslim countries in the world. invitation.
GDP (purchasing power parity): 863.3 billion (2009 est.)
The famous Trojan War took place in Western
Currency: Turkey Lira (TRY) Do schedule business meetings one week in
Exchange Rate: 1 TRY = 0.674218 USD (April 17, 2010)
First church built by man (St. Peter’s church) is in
Do have your business card printed in English
Antioch (Antakya), Turkey. and Turkish.
Turkey Custom and Traditions
There are about 9,000 species of flowers in Do be patient, as decision-making can be slow.
Hamam (Turkish Baths)
Turkey, about 3,000 of them are endemic.
Turkish Baths have a very important place in the Turkish Do use both hands when exchange business
Istanbul has a 540-year-old covered shopping daily and historical life, as a result of the emphasis placed card.
mall of 64 streets, 4,000 shops, 22 entrances –
upon cleanliness by the Islam. Hamam is much more than
the famous Grand Bazaar. Do bring a gift for the host when invited to
just a place to cleanse the skin. It is intimately bound up
dinner at someone’s house.
Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, with everyday life, a place where people of every rank and
“Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)” in station, young and old, rich and poor, townsman or
Turkish Culture/Business Don’ts
Turkey when he defeated Pontus, a formidable villager, could use it freely.
Don’t make the “ok” sign, it is a rude gesture in
kingdom in the black sea region of Turkey. Coffee House Turkey.
History of Turkey Coffee-houses (“kahve”) are very specific to Turkish
Don’t put your thumb between the index and
people. Even the smallest village has at least one “kahve”.
Turkey is a new country in an old land. middle finger. It is considered a vulgar gesture.
In old times men used to smoke hubble-bubble pipes
The Republic of Turkey, founded in 1923, has its roots in (“nargile”) while talking about the matters of the day. Don’t point to someone with your finger.
two historical resources well in the depths of the past.
Evil Eye Don’t use your left hand when dining. The left
One of the resources inherited by modern Turkey is the
hand is considered unclean.
successful and bright history of the Turks over a time Evil Eye is a little blue glass piece that is believed to have
frame of more than 4,000 years. The Turks have settled in magic and protect one from the “Evil Eye”. They call it the Don’t use pressure tactics during a business
Anatolia (Asia part) since the 11 century. Boncuk. meeting, such as impose a deadline.
Turkey is spread across the two continents of Europe and Don’t be late. If you think you will be late, call
The force of the evil eye (or Nazar) is a widely accepted
Asia. The part of Turkey located in Europe is called to explain.
and feared random element in Turkish daily life. The word
“Thrace” and the part of Turkey located in Asia is called “Nazar” denotes seeing or looking and is often used in a Don’t discuss business right off the bat. First
“Anatolia”. Anatolia is one of the oldest inhabited regions phrase as “Nazar touched her” when something bad appointment is just to get to know each other,
of the world, dating back to 7 millennium BC. happened to someone. engage in small talks, but avoid politics.