It’s all Greek to me!

Aug 24, 2015

It’s all Greek to me! And why should this stop you? Here’s a list of all the important expressions and their meaning so you understand better what all these loud and fast-speaking Greeks say, and also how to express these basic concepts in this difficult, but historic language.  Hello! – Γεία! – Yjá Good morning – Καλημέρα – Caleeméra Good afternoon – Καλησπέρα – Caleespéra Goodbye – Αντίο – Andío

How are you? – Τι κάνεις; – Ti kànis

I’m fine, thanks! – Είμαι καλά, ευχαριστώ – Íme kalá, efcharistó

Thank you – Ευχαριστώ – Efcharistó

Excuse me – Συγγνώμη – Signómi

Cheers! – Στην υγειά σου! – Stin ighjà soo!

You’re welcome – Παρακαλώ – Parakalò

What’s your name? – Πως σε λένε; – Pos se léne?

How much is this? – Πόσo κοστίζει αυτό; – Póso kostízi aftó?

Can you help me? – Μπορείτε να με βοηθήσετε; – Boríte na me voithísete?

Do you speak English? – Μηλάτε Αγγλικα; – Milàte Angliká?

I’m looking for [point of interest or person] – Ψάχνω για […] – Psàchno yjà […]

I Don’t Understand! – Δεν καταλαβαίνω – Dhen katalavéno

Although these are but a few phrases, they will get you a long way with Greeks, who most speak English as a second language.

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