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10 Things You Need To Know Before Dating A Turk

All around the world non Turkish people are marrying Turkish people and its a wonderful thing to know there are other people that can actually put up with us.

Here are 10 things people should know before dating a Turk, just so you know what you are getting into.

1 – We have two settings: loud and louder. Buy ear plugs.


2 – If you do something wrong, be prepared to hear about it for the rest of your life. Turks never forget.

3 – Be prepared to meet on average 1 new cousin per week. (for a small family)

4 – If the sun is shining and it’s Sunday – know we are having kebab at someone’s house, so don’t make plans.

5 – For Turkish girls – don’t piss me off, I have a Turkish dad!

Turkish Dad

6 – For Turkish boys – don’t piss me off I have a Turkish mum!

Turkish Mum

7- When family tell me I’ve put on weight, please don’t defend me, it’s their way of saying I look well.

8 – Just know we will be invited to an average of around 15 weddings a year.

Turkish Wedding

9 – If you say you are full, you will be given more food. If you say you’re not hungry you will be given more food. Resistance is futile.

10 – Be prepared when we are speaking Turkish our hands will seem like we are simultaneously doing sign language.

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  1. I’m Turkish and I wet myself reading this. Please add more. There is so much scope to delve into more of our cultures quaint ways.
    I’ll remind you if you’ve forgotten or not experienced it yet.

  2. As soon as a woman is married she becomes everyone’s slave. Not only in here own home, but when visiting anyone. They just say gelin do this, gelin do that. That was a big surprise!

  3. Be prepared to lose your name. Ladies, you will become yenge, gelin, abla and eventually teyze*. If you do get your name, rather than a family title, it may not actually be your name. You may be given a random Turkish name. Because your name, no matter how simple to pronounce is still after all yabanci, and therefore not suitable.

    *The first day you are called teyze by a young family member or in the pazar, you will ask your husband at least ten times if you’re looking old. If he wants to live, he will reassure you that that child has bad eyesight.

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