The Greek Language is one that is not very easy to learn. With it’s own alphabet, and the fact that many words can be broken down or changed to change meaning, it can be quite difficult at the beginning to understand.
However, one thing that the Greek really appreciate is when visitors make an attempt to speak the language. Though you may make mistakes with words or pronunciation, the Greeks should still be able to get the meaning of what you are trying to say. They may answer back in English, as often happens, but the fact that you attempted to speak Greek will be something that they will all appreciate and respect.
Below we have compiled a section of useful phrases and words that you may use during your holidays in Greece. The English is on the left, with the Greek on thr right (not in fact Greek, but the way to say specific phrases in greek with English letters used for spelling to make them easier to understand.) The stress of the word is where you see the BOLD letters.
For ease of use with the phrases and words below, please note the following….
The pronunciation of, for example, gia is “Yia”. The letter “G” has the sound of the letter “Y”.
The pronunciation of, for example, dromos is “Thromos”. The letter “D” (Delta) has the sound of the letters “TH” (such as there, mother ).
|How Much?||Poso Kani?|
|How are you?||Ti Kanis?|
|I am Fine||Ime Kala / Kala|
|What is your name?||Pos se lene?|
|We would like a room for two people||Tha ithela ena domatio gia dio atoma|
|With Double Bed||Me diplo Krevati|
|With a shower||Me dous|
|Speak slower please||Parakalo mila pio siga|
|I don’t Know||Den Xero|
|The bill please||To logariasmo Parakalo|
|So and So||Esti ke etsi|
|How many Hours ?||Poses Ores|
|Where are you going?||Pou Pas|
|The Road to . . .||O Dromos gia . .|
|What time is it?||Ti Ora Ine|
|A Ticket to . . .||Ena Isitirio gia .|
|Excuse me, do you speak English?||Parakalo mipos milate Aglika|
|I don’t speak Greek||Den Milao Elinika|
|I don’t Understand||Den Katalaveno|
|Can I see ? –||Boro na do|
|I am going to . . ..||Pigeno gia . .|
|Do you have?||Ehete|
|I am Lost||Hathika|
|I am ill||Ime arostos|
|I will buy this one||Tha agoraso afto|
|Four||Tessera||Nine teen||Deka Enea|