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a) Writer's Block

I'm writing a fic for apocabigbang (the half-way check-up is a couple of days away and I'm VERY much behind). In my fic there's going to be a couple where she's british and he's turkish and, while they use english with each other, I wanted them to use terms of endearment in turkish. Nothing much, just the equivalent of "dear" or "baby". Would it be different what she calls him from what he calls her? I ask this, because I'm portuguese and in my language it would be different.

Also, I need some cursing. Nothing much, just something for a scene with an argument, where I wanting him saying the equivalent of "dammit!"

Thanks in advance.
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9th-Feb-2010 04:00 pm - Well....
Hey I am just curious if there is a way to say, "Well" in Turkish?

Such as, "Well, I would go out with you tonight, but I just have too much to do."

In Spanish (the other language I speak) this would be translated mostly to "Pues" if that gives anyone a better idea of what I want. In German it's "Cha" if I am not mistaken, I don't speak German though.

I know Peki and Tamam are words for "okay" but can they be used in this sense?


"peki sinemaya gitmek istiyorum, ama bende para yok

does that work for, "Well I want to go to the movies, but I don't have money (right now)"?

hmmm let me know!
8th-Dec-2009 09:55 pm(no subject)
How would some one say she (someone) was a man?

I find O bir adamdı but I am not sure if that is right because adam is not a verb... or is it?
26th-Sep-2009 11:33 am - merhaba ))) i've got a question )
I've just started learning Turkish on livemocha. And I already have a problem. The on-line course gives me such phrases:

(+) Ben bir kadınım.
(-) Ben erkek değilim. Ben kadınım.

Why don't we use "bir" in negative? Like this: "Ben bir erkek değilim. Ben bir kadınım."
I don't understand this %)
İki yıldır Türkçe öğreniyorum. Bazen iyi anlıyorum, bazen kötü anlıyorum. Genellikle, Türkçe haberleri ve ya Vikipedi okuyorum, ama kitaplar ve ya romanlar daha iyi olur. Bilim kurgu hoşuma gidiyor (Dune ve Philip K. Dick gibi)...

Amerikalı olduğum için sık sık Türkçe kitapları bulmak ve almak çok zor olabilir. Nereden almalıyım?
3rd-Jun-2009 04:15 am - song lyrics translation
Merhaba~~ My Turkish isn't good at all, but I really want to learn it. I learned German very easily through songlyrics, so I thought I'd try the same for Turkish. The problem is, all the Turkish music I find isn't as English-user friendly as German, and it doesn't help too much (maybe a bit with pronunciation) to read Turkish without having any idea what they're saying.

Anyway.. what I'm getting at is, can someone please translate this song? xD
youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRIPG_4p5I0
lyrics and vid: http://www.kliptime.com/seksendort/affet-video_a3bd228b1.html
lyrics under the cut too :)Collapse )
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7th-Mar-2009 05:17 am - lost in translation
spn » dean
Hi everyone! :)

I've attempted to convert a quote saying 'Keep breathing and keep bleeding' into turkish and came up with this: 'Nefes almaya devam ve kanamaya devam ediyorum'

Is that correct?

Also, a friend of mine wanted to translate the following song lyrics into turkish:
'And as you move on, remember me, remember us and all we used to be'

Does it correctly translate to:
'Ve hareket ettiginde beni hatirla bizi hatirla, oldugumuz gibi'

Any help/correction would be much appreciated, thanks in advance :)
29th-Apr-2008 11:54 pm - Turkish school books
Miles Prower

Can anyone tell me the name of the main  Turkish History school book/textbook that you used when you were in High school in Turkey? I want something with colour pictures and a nice looking cover. My Turkish friend will bring one to the UK for me if I can tell her a title.

Also, is there anyone who has any old school books that they don't want, I will gladly pay the postage to take them off your hands! :)

Many thanks! :) 

x -posted to turkish_lang
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