Turkish is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages, with around 15 million native speakers in Southeast Europe (mostly in East and Western Thrace) and 65 million native speakers in Western Asia (mostly in Turkey).
Outside of Turkey, significant smaller groups of Turkish speakers exist in Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, the Caucasus, and other parts of Europe and Central Asia.
Cultural Awareness: In Turkish, it’s considered impolite to address somebody by just their first name upon meeting them (especially for those older than you). Instead, you must accompany their name with a title, such as teyze (auntie) or amca (uncle). If you don’t know somebody’s name, address them as hanımefendi (madam) or beyefendi (sir).
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