Build up your vocabulary with “intruders”!

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I’m not ready (hazır değilim) to write (yazmak) a whole post (blog yazısı) in Turkish. I’m not ready yet (henüz). I must confess (itiraf etmek) that I’m afraid (korkmak) of making mistakes (hata). So I came up with a solution (çözüm). This (bu) solution. From now (şimdi) on a part of my writings will include (içermek) ‘intruders’.

I will welcome them, and wait (beklemek) until they will conquer (fethetmek) my bazaar (pazar).  You should do the same (aynı). Let your mind’s (akıl) citadel be invaded (istila etmek) by Turkish intruders. I’m talking about words (söz), of course (elbette)! I will help (yardım etmek) you to convert the voices (ses) in your head (kafa) to Turkish, by seasoning my posts with Turkish words.  I made my decision (karar) after realizing that some of my friends (arkadaş) had involuntarily learned (öğrenmek) Turkish words (söz) by reading (okumak) my latest post. In order to make learning easier (kolay) I will use (kullanmak) in the brackets only (sadece) the infinitive forms of verbs (fiil) and singular forms of nouns (isim). And I promise (söz vermek) that later I will explain (açıklamak) the tenses, and other grammar issues (soru), and even write in Turkish.  Meanwhile have fun (eğlence) and learn Turkish!

 

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Türk mutfağı: Love at first taste

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There is nothing more delicious in this world than Türk mutfağı (Turkish cuisine)! It was love at first taste for me!  Heritage of a multi-cultural empire, Turkish cuisine tastes like Anatolia peppered with Middle-Eastern and Central Asian spices, sprinkled with Mediterranean olive oil and flavoured with Balcan herbs. A mouth-watering experience! An explosion of flavours and colours!

Some lezzetli (delicious) proofs from my Turkish adventures:

Turkish kahvaltı (breakfast):

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Ekmek (bread), salata (salad), ayran, peynir (cheese), zeytin (olive), ızgara et (grilled meat)

A quick solution for breakfast, with love from the Aegean coast (Izmir):

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İzmirli Kumru (sandwich made of green pepper, tomatoes and cheese)

I don’t remember the name of the following dish, it resembles tavuk şiş (grilled chicken) with sebzeler (vegetables):

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it was delicious!

A very popular food in Eastern Turkey, in Elazığ they had a whole street of köfte restaurants:

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çiğ köfte (Turkish steak tartare)

Favorilerimden bir tanesi (one of my favourite):

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lahmacun (Turkish pizza with spicy meat and vegetables)

And after a square meal the best Turkish way to quench our thirst is

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Taze ayran (fresh ayran) ve sıcak çay (and hot tea)

AFİYET OLSUN!

Relevant vocabulary:

  • Türk mutfağı=Turkish cuisine
  • Afiyet olsun!=Enjoy your meal!
  • kahvaltı=breakfast
  • öğle yemeği=lunch
  • akşam yemeği=dinner
  • yemek=food
  • su=water
  • içecek=beverage
  • çay=tea
  • süt=milk
  • peynir=cheese
  • baharat=spice
  • tuz=salt
  • biber=pepper (karabiber=black pepper; kırmızıbiber=red/chilli pepper)
  • şeker=sugar
  • çorba=soup
  • ayran=diluted salted yoghurt drink
  • lahmacun=Turkish pizza with spicy meat filling
  • kebap=kebab
  • çiğ köfte=Turkish steak tartare
  • et=meat
  • tavuk=chicken
  • kuzu=lamb
  • sığır eti=beef
  • balık=fish
  • sebze=vegetable
  • meyve=fruit
  • ekmek=bread
  • pirinç=rice
  • patates=potato

DEVAM EDECEK- TO BE CONTINUED