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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 :-)

 

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English PhrasesGreek Phrases
Good morningKalimera
Good evening
Kalispera
Good nightKalinichta
HelloYassou (singular/informal)
Yassas (plural/formal)
How are you?Ti kanis? (singular/informal)
Ti kanete? (plural/formal)
Very well thank-youPoli kala, efharisto (singular/informal)
Please
You're welcome
Parakalo
Thank-youEfharisto
Excuse Me
Sorry
Signomi
Yesne
Noohi
A table for two, pleaseEna trapezi ya thio atoma, parakalo
We have a reservation for...Ehoume klisa ya...
Can I see the menu, pleaseTon katalogho, parakalo
What do you recommend?Ti sistinete?
I'm vegetarianIme hortofaghos
I would like..Tha ithela...
Where is the bathroom?Pou ine i toualetes?
The meal was very good, thank youTo 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 pleaseTo logariasmo Parakalo
With a shower
Me dous
I don't understand
Den Katalaveno
Tomorrow
Avrio
YesterdayHthes
Later
Argotera
ExpensiveAkrivo
StampsGramatosima
Bank Trapeza
HospitalNosokomio
DoctorYiatros
PoliceAstynomia
 

Some common Greek phrases.



English Greek Audio
yes ne
no ohi
OK entaksi
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
please parakalo
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?
shower douz
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
help voithia?
Can you help me, please? Borite na me voitheisete?
How much is it? poso kani?
beach paralia
ocean thalasa
hotel xenodohio
bank trapeza
bus to leforio
train to treno
station stathmo
ticket esitirio
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
right thexia
left aristera
straight ahead efthia
behind piso


Food & Drink
English Greek Audio
food fagito
water nero
milk gala
salad salata
coffee kafe
tea tsi
souvlaki souvlaki
beef moushari
goat katsiki
sheep / lamb arni
meat kres


Questionable Language
English Greek Audio
shit skata
pooh kaka
piss oura
wanker malakas
fuck off a gamisou
asshole katheki
lesbian lesvia
fag poustis


Numbers

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.

 

Numbers
English Greek English Greek English Greek English Greek English Greek
1 ena 11 edeka 21 ikosi ena 90 enenida 1,000 hilia
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
6 exi 16 theka exi 40 sarada 500 pentakosia
7 efta 17 theka efta 50 peninta 600 exakosia
8 ohto 18 theka ohto 60 exida 700 eftakosia
9 enaia 19 theka enaia 70 evthomida 800 ohtakosia
10` theka 20 ikosi 80 ogthoda 900 eniakosia

 

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.

 

A guide to Greek pronunciation

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)
toy-let-es

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

yes                                                      ne          

no                                                       ohi         

OK                                                     entaksi

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               

please                                                   parakalo              

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?         

shower                                                 douz     

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             

help                                                        voithia?               

Can you help me, please?                     Borite na me voitheisete?

How much is it?                                    poso kani?          

beach                                                     paralia

ocean                                                     thalasa

hotel                                                      xenodohio          

bank                                                      trapeza                

bus                                                         to leforio              

train                                                       to treno                

station                                                   stathmo               

ticket                                                      esitirio  

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       

right                                                      thexia   

left                                                         aristera                

straight ahead                                       efthia    

behind                                                   piso       

 

Food & Drink

food                      fagito    

water                    nero      

milk                      gala       

salad                     salata   

coffee                    kafe       

tea                         tsi          

souvlaki               souvlaki              

beef                      moushari            

goat                      katsiki  

sheep / lamb        arni       

meat                     kres       

 

Common Greek Rude words

shit                        skata     

pooh                      kaka      

piss                        oura      

wanker                  malakas              

fuck off                 a gamisou           

asshole                  katheki

               

 

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