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1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms (for English Speakers) The ‘Best of’ Learning Practical Turkish Volume 2 Jim and Perihan Masters 2 1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms (for English speakers) The ‘Best of’ Learning Practical Turkish Vol. 2 1st Print Edition -- November 2003 1st Electronic Edition -- May 2006 Published by Habibullah Enterprises, SA P.K. 27 35480 Gümüldür İzmir, Turkey (Türkiye) WWW Website: http://www.practicalturkish.com/ E-mail: jimmasters@practicalturkish.com Non-original illustrations from public domain sources via Hürriyet TARIH and Popüler TARIH (İstanbul) ISBN – Application submitted text and cover © Habibullah Enterprises cover and inside graphics by Patricia Rawlings Printed by Taşkın Matbaası, Gümüldür-İzmir, Turkey (Türkiye) Habibullah Enterprises, the Habibullah logo and Learning Prac- tical Turkish logo are trademarks of four country computing, ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be repro- duced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, except brief extracts for the purpose of review, without the written permission of the publisher and copyright owner. 3 About the Authors Jim and Perihan Masters are a husband and wife team, living on the Aegean Coast of Turkey just 50 miles south of İzmir. Jim was born in Shanghai, China -- of American military parentage. Peri was born on the Black Sea coast of Turkey near Trabzon, of Turkish military parentage… First at Brown University and then at the University of North Carolina, Jim pursued studies in Mathematics and Computer Science. Upon graduation, he worked as a computer program- mer/analyst on both US coasts before taking a position in London as Technical Director for a computer facilities man- agement firm – during the late 60’s and early 70’s. Enticed by a Financial Times advertisement, he joined a NATO sponsored enterprise in Ankara in the 70’s where he met the beautiful and brainy Perihan, a rising young Turkish banking executive. It was uninhibited love at first sight, except that neither spoke the other’s language! So they embarked on a mad language- learning scramble (which continues to this day) that culminated in their marriage -- now in its 20-something year. After spending fifteen working years Stateside (with numer- ous visitations to Turkey), the two opted to return permanent- ly to Turkey in 1992 to take up residence in Gümüldür, a sea- side resort town in the heart of what was once the ancient Ionian Empire. There they live an idyllic life by the sea -- writing, drawing and painting, teaching English, and providing computing service support to local businesses. They also sponsor the MSNBC award-winning Learning Practical Turkish (LPT) website (located at http://www.practicalturkish.com/) that has built an enthusi- astic international following of devoted Turkophiles and inquisitive language students of all ages. 4 From the Authors The Authors wish to extend a special thanks to Taşkın Çalı, our dear pal and language-adviser (and Beşiktaş’s stoutest sup- porter south of the Golden Horn) -- whose invaluable help with the LPT website (and with this book too!) leaves us eternally in his debt. And, to Patricia Rawlings (our favorite ‘Girl of the North Country’) -- for her inspirational encouragement and in- creasingly accomplished assistance across the board -- we send the four warmest winds of our Aegean appreciation. color bar Visit our website soon and often… It’s dedicated to struggling Turkish language learners just like you -- and it’s loaded with authentic voice recordings too!! The Learning Practical Turkish website is located at: http://www.practicalturkish.com/ 5 Table of Contents Introduction ................................................... 7 1,001 Essential Turkish Idioms ............................. 9 Acronyms, abbreviations, notations ........................ 10 The Best of the Idiom Stories ............................ 251 Sources and Acknowledgements............................ 267 Book Index .................................................. 277 Note: See the inside front and back covers for phonetic pronunciation guidance. color bar Visit our website soon and often… It’s dedicated to struggling Turkish language learners just like you -- and it’s loaded with authentic voice recordings too!! The Learning Practical Turkish website is located at: http://www.practicalturkish.com/ 6 7

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