Language survival 101: Feel local (in Turkey)!

In this questionnaire, we plan to interview Lexiophiles bloggers to get tips on how to learn their native language. Instead of offering run of the mill advice, we tried a different approach, more unconventional, which might even help people NOT be labeled as a tourist in the first 2 minutes!

Hum or sing along with these three songs in the subway:
[Please name us three songs everyone knows in your native language]

Minimini bir kuş konmuştu
Daha dün annemizin kollarında koşarken
Sağ elimde 5 parmak
-All three songs are for kids.

Get by with firing off any of these five swear words:
[Please tell us the five unavoidable curse-words that are commonly used in your country and what they mean]

-Siktir – fuck
-Siktir git -fuck off
-hassiktir -? sort of fuck,but used as a sign of “cant believe”
-defol – get lost

Get the phone number (or a great laugh) with this pick-up line:
[Please share your favorite pick-up line with us]

-Couldn’t find one yet : )

Cheer to this word with your new local friends at the bar:
[Please tell us what the word for “cheers” is in your language]

Şerefe (To the honor)

And for our tip on feeling like a local – how to order a Big Mac menu in your language:
[Please write how you would order a super-size Big Mac menu in your language]

Bir big mac menu lütfen. (One big mac menu please)

The one thing you should do every day to feel truly local:
[Please describe a truly local thing/tick people in your country do]

Eating lots of bread and meat is a Turkish thing I guess.

Have we forgotten anything? What is in your opinion the most unusual way to learn your language?
[Any ideas, comments, suggestions that we missed.]

In my opinion try to avoid using other languages is the way to go. For example I speak a little French but when I am stuck I always turn to English.
The idea to have to speak the language.

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