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Frequently Asked Questions

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LPT's 'Frequently Asked Questions' about the Turkish language...

  • How can I express condolences?

    The most appropriate thing to say/write, that works in every situation of this nature is: BasInIz sag olsun. (bah-shih-nihz sahh ohl-sun)

    It literally means:
    "Let health be on your head."

    Figuratively, it means:
    "Let your life (and the life of your living loved ones) be spared."

    And it is the first thing you should say to someone Turkish who is grieving a lost loved one.

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