Word for the Travel Wise (10/11/06)

Turkey Flag With it being the Islamic holiday of Ramadan this month I figured this word should come-in-handy if you aren’t already familiar with the term. To learn more about the holiday and the religious practice of fasting and what it means check out this Wikipedia piece. For all those celebrating – Have a happy Ramadan! (I think that’s safe to say?)

Today’s word is a Turkish word used in Turkey:

ezan – the Muslim call to prayer

Prepare ahead of time by visiting this Turkish Class site. Membership is free and you’ll get a lot more than some of the basics they already have listed. Online Turkish is good too, but you’ll have to register and pay to get anything more than hello, how are you and I love you. Stick to the first site and check out this Turkish vocabulary list of body parts. Wiki has an excellent starters piece on background, history and a short list of words. Scope out phrasebooks from Rough Guides, Lonely Planet or grab both.

Past Turkish words: merhaba, iyi volculuklar, sabirsiz, lokanta