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1 Hello Καλημέρα
kaliméra
2 Good evening Καλησπέρα
kalispéra
3 Goodbye Αντίο
adío
4 See you later Τα λέμε αργότερα
ta léme argótera
5 Yes Ναι
ne
6 No Όχι
óhi
7 Excuse me! Παρακαλώ
parakaló
8 Thanks Ευχαριστώ
efharistó
9 Thanks a lot Ευχαριστώ πολύ!
efharistó polí!
10 Thank you for your help Ευχαριστώ για την βοήθεια
ef̱haristó̱ gia ti̱n voí̱theia
11 Don't mention it Σας παρακαλώ
sas parakaló
12 Ok Σύμφωνη
símfoni
13 Ok Σύμφωνος
símfonos
14 How much is it? Πόσο κάνει;
póso káni
15 Sorry! Συγγνώμη
signómi
16 I don't understand Δεν καταλαβαίνω
den katalavéno
17 I get it Κατάλαβα
katálava
18 I don't know Δεν ξέρω
den xéro
19 Forbidden Απαγορεύεται
apagorévete
20 Excuse me, where are the toilets? Που είναι οι τουαλέτες παρακαλώ;
pou íne i toualétes parakaló
21 Happy New Year! Καλή χρονιά!
kalí hroniá
22 Happy birthday! Χρόνια πολλά!
hrónia polá
23 Happy holiday! Καλές γιορτές!
kalés giortés
24 Congratulations! Συγχαρητήρια!
sigharitíria

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Numbers

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Feelings

Family

Bar

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Hotel

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In case of trouble

How to learn Greek by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
It will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun in Athens or another Greek city, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why speak Greek while traveling?

A civilization rich in history and culture

It is impossible to talk about Greece without talking about its culture of today and yesterday. Be it for the ancient sculptures and architecture, or for the cinema of Theódoros Angelópoulos, this country's culture attracts passionate and curious visitors from all over the world. 
Indeed, considered the cradle of Western civilization, the country has a rich heritage which persists in almost all areas of science and modern culture, particularly in the human sciences through philosophy and literature. 
And you can be sure that even though they have been widely disseminated and translated into many languages, to know the works which inspired democracy and poetry in their original language could prove to be a pleasure beyond compare.

A country to know

The world's leading maritime power, Greece is a tourist-oriented country which receives around 15 million tourists each year, which equates to approximately 16% of its GNP.
Beyond the historic buildings and beautiful landscapes, millions of visitors also seek a typically Mediterranean cuisine, designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. In Greece the cuisine is distinguished by the use of local ingredients, although it has been influenced by the different peoples and civilizations who have lived in the region. 
Apart from all these reasons, learning Greek will facilitate your travels to other countries in the region, such as Cyprus (where it is an official language) and in Italy. 

Make a success of your stay in Greece and Cyprus

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

The only survivor of the Hellenic language family, modern Greek - also called Demotic - has between 15 and 22 million speakers, mainly in Greece and Cyprus, but also in Turkey, Italy, Hungary and other countries. 
The Greek alphabet may seem difficult at first, mainly because several letters or groups of letters are pronounced the same way, but some comparisons with your mother tongue or other languages you have learned will certainly help you to pinpoint the correct pronunciation of the language. 
Here are some examples: 
Ρ, ρ: must be pronounced rolled like the Italian R 
Θ, θ: pronounced like the English TH, as in THINK 
Δ, δ: pronounced like the English TH of THIS
ΟΥ, ου is pronounced [ou]: like the French OU
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Greek alphabet with audio.

1Α / αάλφα - alpha - a
2Β / ϐ (↔)βήτα - bêta - b
3Γ / γγάμμα - gamma - g
4Δ / δδέλτα - delta - d
5Ε / εέψιλον - epsilon - e
6Ζ / ζζήτα - zêta - dz
7Η / ηήτα - êta - ɛ:
8Θ / θθήτα - thêta - th
9Ι / ιιώτα - iota - i
10Κ / κκάππα - kappa - k
11Λ / λλάμβδα - lambda - l
12Μ / μμυ - mu - m
13Ν / ννυ - nu - n
14Ξ / ξξι - xi - ks
15Ο / οόμικρον - omicron - o
16Π / ππι - pi - p
17Ρ / ρρω - rhô - r
18Σ / ς (→)σίγμα - sigma - s
19Τ / τταυ - tau - t
20Υ / υύψιλον - upsilon - y
21Φ / φφι - phi - ph
22Χ / χχι - khi - kh
23Ψ / ψψι - psi - ps
24Ω / ωωμέγα - oméga - ɔ: