What Are Some Basic Greek Phrases?

Greek is a difficult language to master, but with these simple Greek phrases you’ll be having conversations like a local in no time!

When a traveller makes an effort to learn the local language, it is certainly appreciated!

Whilst simple words like ‘hello’ in Greek can be mastered with ease, the language certainly delves into more than just basic Greek phrases as you attempt to learn more! 

Our advice? Keep this blog handy throughout your travels in Greece and the Greek Islands, and never be stuck at a language barrier again with these Greek language basics!

ENGLISH GREEK SOUNDS LIKE
Hello/Goodbye Γεια σου Yassu
How are you? Τι κάνεις; Tee kanis?
I'm fine, thank you Καλά, ευχαριστώ Kala, efharisto
Nice to meet you Χάρηκα Harika
Good morning Καλημέρα Kalimera
Good evening/night Καληνύχτα Kalinichta
Please Παρακαλώ Parakalo
Thank you Ευχαριστώ Efharisto
Yes Ναι Neh
No Όχι O'hee
Excuse me Συγγνώμη Signomi
What is your name? Πώς σε λένε; Pos se leneh?
My name is... Με λένε... Me leneh…
Do you speak English? Μιλάτε Αγγλικά; Milate Agglika?
What time is it? Τι ώρα είναι; Ti hora ineh?
How much is this? Πόσο κάνει; Poso kani?
Cheers! (when drinking) Γεια μας! Yamas!
A beer/coffee/tea/shot, please Μια μπύρα/έναν καφέ/ένα τσάι/ ένα σφηνάκι, παρακαλώ Miah mpira/enan kafe/ena chai/ena sfinaki, parakalo
Όpa! (when dancing) Ώπα! Opahh!

Immersing yourself in the local culture of your destination is the best way to travel!

If you’re heading to Greece or the Greek Islands this summer, we hope you found these basic Greek phrases useful!

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