Just a few words in Greek can elicit some respect from Greeks who appreciate you even trying to speak their beloved mother tongue. The lingua franca may well be English but Greek is alive and well and being spoken all over Greece :-)
|English Phrases||Greek Phrases|
|How are you?||Ti kanis? (singular/informal)|
Ti kanete? (plural/formal)
|Very well thank-you||Poli kala, efharisto (singular/informal)|
|A table for two, please||Ena trapezi ya thio atoma, parakalo|
|We have a reservation for...||Ehoume klisa ya...|
|Can I see the menu, please||Ton katalogho, parakalo|
|What do you recommend?||Ti sistinete?|
|I'm vegetarian||Ime hortofaghos|
|I would like..||Tha ithela...|
|Where is the bathroom?||Pou ine i toualetes?|
|The meal was very good, thank you||To fayito, itan poli kalo, efharisto|
|Do you take credit cards?||Pernete pistotikes kartes?|
|Do you speak English?||Meelate angleeka?|
|I'd like to hire a boat.||Tha eethela na neekyaso meea varka|
|The bill please||To logariasmo Parakalo|
|With a shower ||Me dous|
|I don't understand ||Den Katalaveno|
|how are you?||ti kanis|
|how are you? (plural)||ti kanete|
|I'm fine.||ime kala|
|My name is ...||to onoma mou ine ...|
|They call me ...||me lene ...|
|What is your name?||ti ine to onoma to thiko sou?|
|What do they call you?||pos se lene?|
|hello (singular)||yia sou|
|hello (plural)||yia sas|
|good-bye (plural)||yia sas|
|good morning||kali mera|
|good evening||kali spera|
|good night||kali nichta|
|cheers||stin iyia sou|
|cheers (plural)||stin iyia sas|
|what time is it?||ti ora ine|
|where am I?||pou ime?|
|what's up? what's happening?||ti yinete?|
|where is the toilet, please?||pou ine i twaleta, parakalo?|
|I want to go to ... (an object ending with a vowel)||thelo na pow sti ...|
|I want to go to ... (an object ending with a consanant)||thelo na pow sto ...|
|I want to go to the beach.||thelo na pow sti paralia|
|Where is the beach?||pou ine i paralia?|
|where can I catch the bus?||pou boro na paro to leforio?|
|I want a taxi.||thelo taxi?|
|where is the Canadian Embassy?||pou ine to Kanathesiko Proxenio?|
|Sorry, I don't speak Greek.||Signomi, ala then milao elinika.|
|Do you speak English?||milas anglika? milas iglezika?|
|Do you speak French?||milas galika?|
|How do you say ... in Greek?||pos les ... sta elinika?|
|I want to see a doctor.||thelo na tho yiatro|
|I want to go to the hospital.||thelo na pow sto sokomio|
|Can you help me, please?||Borite na me voitheisete?|
|How much is it?||poso kani?|
|I have a boyfriend.||eho filo|
|I'm not available. (f)||then ime eleftheri|
|Leave me alone. (f)||aseme isihi|
|How much does that cost?||poso kostizi afto?|
|May I have ... please?||boro na eho ... parakalo?|
|I want that.||thelo afto|
|I don't want that.||then thelo afto|
|I don't want ...||then thelo ...|
|What is that?||ti ine afto|
|I don't feel well.||then estanome kala|
|I want to leave.||thelo na figo|
|sheep / lamb||arni|
|fuck off||a gamisou|
When dealing with numbers in Greek, remember that they use decimal points the way Western folks use commas, and that they use commas the way that Western folks use decimal points. For example, the number "1,234.59" would be written as "1.234,59" in Greek.
|2||thio||12||thotheka||2...||ikosi ...||100||ekaton||2,000||thio hiliathes|
|3||tria||13||theka tria||30||triada||200||thiakosia||3,000||tria hiliathes|
|4||tesera||14||theka tesera||31||triada ena||300||trakosia||4,000||tesera hiliathes|
|5||pente||15||theka pente||3...||triada ...||400||tetrakosia|
Here are those essential phrases for lovers:
Είσαι όμορφη. (e-seh oh-mohr-fee)
= You are beautiful. (talking to a woman)
Είσαι όμορφος. (e-seh oh-mohr-fohs)
= You are handsome. (talking to a man)
Σ'αγαπώ. (s' ah-ga-poh)
= I love you.
Μ'αγαπάς; (m' ah-ga-pahs?)
= Do you love me?
Φίλισέ με. (fee-lee-seh meh)
= Kiss me.
Έχω δεσμό. (eh-ho deh-smoh)
= I am in a relationship.
Greek is a phonetic language , which means there are no strange pronunciations to worry about.
For example the greek for 'where is the bathroom?' is 'Pou ine i toualetes?'
The pronunciation of this sentence is
Pooh (as in Winnie the pooh)
e-nay (like e-bay)
e (as in 'me' without the m)
English is commonly spoken and understood in Greece and the Greek Islands, but a visitor who makes the effort to learn a few greek phrases will be rightly rewarded by a much warmer welcome from the locals. They will really appreciate the fact that you bothered to learn some greek phrases and in showing their appreciation, you will find the Greeks are a most generous people.
Besides, the language is as beautiful as the people. Learning Greek is good for the soul.
More Common Words and Phrases
how are you? ti kanis
how are you? (plural) ti kanete
I'm fine. ime kala
My name is ... to onoma mou ine ...
They call me ... me lene ...
What is your name? ti ine to onoma to thiko sou?
What do they call you? pos se lene?
hello (singular) yia sou
hello (plural) yia sas
good-bye yia sou
good-bye (plural) yia sas
good morning kali mera
good evening kali spera
good night kali nichta
cheers stin iyia sou
cheers (plural) stin iyia sas
thank you efharisto
excuse me signomi
what time is it? ti ora ine
where am I? pou ime?
what's up? what's happening? ti yinete?
where is the toilet, please? pou ine i twaleta, parakalo?
I want to go to ... thelo na pow sti ...
I want to go to the beach. thelo na pow sti paralia
Where is the beach? pou ine i paralia?
where can I catch the bus? pou boro na paro to leforio?
I want a taxi. thelo taxi?
where is the Canadian Embassy? pou ine to Kanathesiko Proxenio?
Sorry, I don't speak Greek. Signomi, ala then milao elinika.
Do you speak English? milas anglika? milas iglezika?
Do you speak French? milas galika?
How do you say ... in Greek? pos les ... sta elinika?
I want to see a doctor. thelo na tho yiatro
I want to go to the hospital. thelo na pow sto sokomio
Can you help me, please? Borite na me voitheisete?
How much is it? poso kani?
bus to leforio
train to treno
I have a boyfriend. eho filo
I'm not available. (f) then ime eleftheri
Leave me alone. (f) aseme isihi
go away fige
How much does that cost? poso kostizi afto?
May I have ... please? boro na eho ... parakalo?
I want that. thelo afto
I don't want that. then thelo afto
I don't want ... then thelo ...
What is that? ti ine afto
Let's go. pame
I don't feel well. then estanome kala
I want to leave. thelo na figo
straight ahead efthia
Food & Drink
sheep / lamb arni
Common Greek Rude words
fuck off a gamisou