Yıldırım / şimşek

Discussion in 'Türkçe (Turkish)' started by FlyingBird, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. FlyingBird Senior Member

    İt give same translation in dictionaries but i would know what is difference?

    teşekkürler :)
  2. Rallino Moderatoúrkos

    They ususally mean the same thing: lightning

    However, technically, şimşek is the electrical jump from one cloud to another, while yıldırım is the lightning that reaches the ground. Therefore, when the lightning strikes a tree, we say yıldırım düştü/çarptı -- ( not *şimşek düştü)

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