Basic Greek phrases

with pronunciations

 

Greek
phrase sheet

Your trip to Greece will be more interesting if you learn the following basic Greek phrases.


Good morning
Kalimera   kah-lee-MEHR-rah

Good afternoon / evening
Kalispera   kah-lees-PEH-rah

Good night
Kalinikta   kah-lee-NEEK-tah

Goodbye
kherete   KHE-reh-tay


Hello
Yassou   YAH-sue

How are you?
Ti kanis?   tee-KAH-nis

Well / good
Poli kala   po-LEE kah-LAH

Thank you
Efkharisto   eff-kah-rees-TOH

You're welcome / please
Parakalo   pah-rah-kah-LOH

Sorry
Signomi   seegh-NO-mee


Yes
Ne   neh

No
Ohi   OH-hee


What's your name?
Pos se lene?   POHS seh LEH-neh

My name is…
Me lene…   meh LEH-neh…


Do you speak English?
Milas Anglika?   mee-LAHS Ang-lee-KAH?

I don't understand
Den Katalaveno   then' kah-tah-lag-VEH-no

Can you help me?
Borite na me?  boh-REE-teh nah


What time is it?
Ti ora ine?   tee OH-rah EE-neh

Where is…?
Pou ine?   POO EE-neh


I want…
Thelo   THEH-loh

How much is it?
Poso kani   poh-soh KAH-nee


Left
Aristera   ah-rees-teh-RAH

Right
Dexia   thek-see-AH


Open
Aniktos   ah-neek-TOHS

Closed
Klistos   klees-TOHS


Greek phrase
pointers

It's not easy to learn the Greek language because Greek has its own alphabet. Here are a few helpful pointers that would be correct in most instances.

Letter I

Pronounce the letter I
as "ee" (rhymes with "see")

Letter G

Pronounce the letter "g" as
the letter "y".

Letter D

Pronounce the letter "d" as you would pronounce the soft "th" in "theology".

 

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Greece tips and insights

Greece wonders - Top 10 rankings
Greece wonder map
Basic Greek phrases for travelers
Greek cuisine

 

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