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Turkish Vocabulary - Animals

Hi Turkish learners! ­čśŐ
In this lesson, we will learn about different animals in Turkish! Animals are important elements of culture and are often used in proverbs and phrases to illustrate different concepts. Knowing animal names will also help you communicate better with locals, especially if you are visiting a zoo or wildlife park!

After mastering this lesson, these related pages might interest you: Nature, Feelings and Emotions, At the Beach & Birthday.

Mammals[edit | edit source]

Domestic Animals[edit | edit source]

Domestic animals are the animals that we keep and breed for different reasons such as agriculture, transportation, companionship, and entertainment.

Turkish Pronunciation English
At [at] Horse
E┼ček [e╩âek] Donkey
K├Âpek [k┼ôp╔Ťk] Dog
Kedi [k╔Ťdi] Cat

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Atlar ├žok g├╝zel ve h─▒zl─▒ ko┼čarlar. ([Horses are very beautiful and run fast.])
  • Person 2: Ben e┼čekleri daha ├žok seviyorum. ([I like donkeys more.])

Wild Animals[edit | edit source]

Wild animals are animals that live in their natural habitat without human assistance.

Turkish Pronunciation English
Ayı [ajɯ] Bear
Kurt [kurt] Wolf
Tilki [tilki] Fox
Maymun [majmun] Monkey

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Do─čada ay─▒lar─▒ g├Ârmek ├žok ender oluyor. ([Seeing bears in nature is very rare.])
  • Person 2: Kurtlar ├žo─čunlukla a─ča├žl─▒k ve ormanl─▒k alanlarda ya┼čarlar. ([Wolves mostly live in wooded and forested areas.])

Sea Mammals[edit | edit source]

Sea mammals are animals that live in the ocean and breathe air just like us!

Turkish Pronunciation English
Balina [balina] Whale
Yunus [junus] Dolphin
Fok [fok] Seal
Orkinos [orkinos] Tuna

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Balinalar ├žok b├╝y├╝k ve g├╝├žl├╝ hayvanlard─▒r. ([Whales are very big and strong animals.])
  • Person 2: En sevdiklerimden biri yunuslar, ├žok ┼čirinler. ([One of my favorites is dolphins, they are very cute.])

Birds[edit | edit source]

Birds are an important part of nature and culture. They are often used as symbols, metaphors, and objects of art and literature.

Domestic Birds[edit | edit source]

Domestic birds are birds that are raised in captivity for food, eggs and feathers.

Turkish Pronunciation English
Tavuk [tavuk] Chicken
Kaz [kaz] Goose
Hindi [hindi] Turkey (bird)
├ľrdek [├Şrdek] Duck

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Bug├╝n tavuklu salata yapt─▒m. ([I made a chicken salad today.])
  • Person 2: Kazlar g├Âl kenarlar─▒nda y├╝r├╝rken ├žok sevimli g├Âr├╝n├╝yorlar. ([Geese look very cute when they walk by the lake.])

Wild Birds[edit | edit source]

Wild birds can fly freely and live in the wilderness or forests.

Turkish Pronunciation English
Kartal [kartal] Eagle
┼×ahin [╩âahin] Falcon
Karga [karga] Crow
Leylek [lejlek] Stork

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Ku┼člar do─čay─▒ canland─▒r─▒yorlar. ([Birds bring nature to life.])
  • Person 2: Kartallar─▒n u├žu┼člar─▒ o kadar y├╝ksekte ve ├Âzg├╝r ki, insan─▒ ┼ča┼č─▒rt─▒yor. ([The flight of eagles is so high and free that it amazes people.])

Reptiles[edit | edit source]

Reptiles are animals that have scales and live in different climate zones.

Snakes[edit | edit source]

Snakes are cold-blooded animals that crawl on their belly and hunt their prey.

Turkish Pronunciation English
Yılan [jɯlan] Snake
Engerek [╔Ť┼ő╔Ťr╔Ťk] Viper
Piton [piton] Python
Cobra [kobra] Cobra

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Y─▒lana denk gelmek korkutucu olabilir. ([Meeting a snake can be scary.])
  • Person 2: Ben hayvanat bah├žesinde piton g├Âr├╝nce ├žok heyecanland─▒m.([I got very excited when I saw a python at the zoo.])

Lizards[edit | edit source]

Lizards are cold-blooded animals that have four legs and a long tail.

Turkish Pronunciation English
Kertenkele [k╔Ťrt╔Ťnk╔Ťl╔Ť] Lizard
─░guana [iguana] Iguana
Timsah [timsah] Crocodile
Kaplumba─ča [kaplumba╔ča] Turtle

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Person 1: Kertenkeleyi g├Ârd├╝─č├╝mde mutlaka kovalar─▒m, ├žok h─▒zl─▒lar. ([When I see a lizard, I always chase it, they are very fast.])
  • Person 2: Timsahlar b├╝y├╝k bir g├╝├žle ─▒s─▒rabilirler, tedbiri elden b─▒rakmayal─▒m. ([Crocodiles can bite with great force, let's not be careless.])

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