I don't know a lot of Turkish...how many of the locals speak English?


Not many, really. Except for Tourism professionals, students, or business people, most turks don't speak english (except for a few phrases that everyone knows). This doesn't seem to really hurt anyone, as turks are good at pantomime and are generally quite patient as you speak Turkish.  If you are trying to make friends, look for student bars, rock clubs, or fancy cafes- anywhere where you might find students chilling.


John McCarroll •London, United Kingdom

Irresponsible anthropologist and fiction writer. Used to be an expat in Istanbul. 

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