Yeni Yılınız kutlu olsun

Happy 2015 everybody! If you’re trying to wish a Happy New Year to any Turkish speakers this year, this might help!

Turkish Word a Day

Sorry for the break in posting! Visiting family and a nasty cold will do that to you.

Turks may mark the same three “New Years” as Iranians and many Arabs: the Islamic New Year, the Gregorian New Year, and Nevruz or Nowruz. Here we’ll focus on the Gregorian New Year.

“New Year” will be Yeni Yıl, the literal translation, or perhaps Yılbaşı, the “start of the year” or “New Year’s Day.” “New Year’s Eve” would be Yılbaşı arifesi, the “Eve of New Year’s Day” or Yılbaşı gecesi, “Night of New Year’s Day.”

“Happy New Year” is Yeni Yılınız kutlu olsun! or “May your New Year be blessed!”

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Vegetables: sebze

Back to food, let’s get healthy and talk vegetables.

Have I missed your favorite? Leave it in comments and I’ll add it!

“Vegetables” is sebze, from the Persian sabzi.

  • artichoke: enginar
  • asparagus: kuşkonmaz
  • avocado: avokado
  • beets: pancar
  • broccoli: brokoli
  • cabbage: lahana
  • carrot: havuç
  • cauliflower: karnabahar
  • celery: kereviz
  • chicory (catchall for things like endive and radicchio): hindiba
  • cucumber: salatalık or hıyar
  • eggplant: patlıcan
  • garlic: sarımsak
  • kale: kıvırcık lahana
  • leeks: pırasa
  • lettuce: marul
  • mushroom: mantar
  • okra: bamya
  • onion: soğan
  • parsnip: yaban havuç (“wild carrot”)
  • peas: bezelye
  • pepper (red, green): biber

    • green pepper: yeşil biber
    • red pepper: kırmızı biber
    • yellow pepper: sarı biber
  • potato: patates
  • pumpkin: balkabağı (“honey squash”) or kabak
  • radish: turp
  • spinach: ıspanak
  • squash: kabak
  • string beans: dize fasulye
  • sweet potato/yam: tatlı patates
  • tomato: domates
  • turnip: şalgam
  • zucchini: kabak or yeşil kabak (“green squash”)