How to say what is that? in Turkish: bu ne?

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How to say what is that? in Turkish: bu ne?

Learning Turkish for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say what is that? in Turkish: bu ne?
Say it out loud: “boo nay?

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Some more helpful words in our Turkish Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – tuvalet  (too' vah let)
come with me – benimle gel  (beh nim lay all)
do you speak english? – İngilizce konuşmak?  (een guh liz ya ko nush muk?)
excuse me – afedersiniz  (ah feh dar sinz)
excuse me (to get past) – lütfen  (loot fahn)
good / bad – iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
how do you say…? – nasil denilir?  (nah seal din uh leer?)
how much is this? – ne kadar?  (nay kah dar?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – buyurun  (booh ya rahn)
maybe – belki  (bell kee)
no problem – önemli değil  (oh nahm lee dil)
sorry – özür dilerim  (oh zoo dih leer im)
thank you – teşekkür ederim  (teh shake kur' dur im)
thanks – sağol  (sahl)
what is that? – bu ne?  (boo nay?)
where is… – nerede  (neh' reh day)
yes / no – evet / hayir  (eh vet / hi year)
you are welcome – bir şey değil  (bee shay deal)

And here’s how to say what is that? in other languages!

Arabic–Ma Haza?  (ma ha za)
Chinese–Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
Croatian–što je to?  (shtoe yay toe?)
Czech–co to je?  (so toy eh?)
Finnish–mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
French–Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
German–was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
Italian–che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
Japanese–Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
Korean–Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
Portuguese–Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
Russian–chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
Spanish–¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
Swahili–nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
Thai–Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
Turkish–bu ne?  (boo nay?)
Vietnamese–Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)

Dining? On Safari? See something strange? Then you want to ask "what is that?" (bu ne?) to your host or tour guide in Turkish before deciding whether you want to engage or take a run! That is the fun part of experiencing other cultures. For more fun phrases, get instant access to the Turkish Language Set.

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