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					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
          Turkey.                                                                                                                        advance.
                                                                 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.

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