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English Greek
Hello Καλημέρα
Good evening Καλησπέρα
Goodbye Αντίο
See you later Τα λέμε αργότερα
Yes Ναι
No Όχι
Please! Παρακαλώ
Thanks Ευχαριστώ
Thanks a lot Ευχαριστώ πολύ!
Thank you for your help Ευχαριστώ για την βοήθεια
Don't mention it Σας παρακαλώ
Ok Σύμφωνη
Ok Σύμφωνος
How much is it? Πόσο κάνει;
Sorry! Συγγνώμη
I don't understand Δεν καταλαβαίνω
I get it Κατάλαβα
I don't know Δεν ξέρω
Forbidden Απαγορεύεται
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Που είναι οι τουαλέτες παρακαλώ;
Happy New Year! Καλή χρονιά!
Happy birthday! Χρόνια πολλά!
Happy holiday! Καλές γιορτές!
Congratulations! Συγχαρητήρια!
Vocabulaire mémorisé
Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.

First contact

This course aims to give travelers the tools they need to quickly master essential expressions in Greek for everyday situations, such as greeting someone, asking for directions, or ordering a dish in a restaurant. By the end of the course, learners will be able to communicate with simple words on their next trip to Greece.
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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 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 pronouncing words out loud, such as numbers, is an easy exercise you can often practice and at any time throughout the day. This practice will help you get accustomed to the sounds of your chosen language, making it more familiar.

Once your holidays have begun in Athens or another Greek city, you will be surprised at how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.

Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It allows 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, knowing 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, equating 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 Italy.

Make a Success of Your Stay in Greece and Cyprus

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

1 Α / α άλφα - alpha - a
2 Β / ϐ (↔) βήτα - bêta - b
3 Γ / γ γάμμα - gamma - g
4 Δ / δ δέλτα - delta - d
5 Ε / ε έψιλον - epsilon - e
6 Ζ / ζ ζήτα - zêta - dz
7 Η / η ήτα - êta - ɛ:
8 Θ / θ θήτα - thêta - th
9 Ι / ι ιώτα - iota - i
10 Κ / κ κάππα - kappa - k
11 Λ / λ λάμβδα - lambda - l
12 Μ / μ μυ - mu - m
13 Ν / ν νυ - nu - n
14 Ξ / ξ ξι - xi - ks
15 Ο / ο όμικρον - omicron - o
16 Π / π πι - pi - p
17 Ρ / ρ ρω - rhô - r
18 Σ / ς (→) σίγμα - sigma - s
19 Τ / τ ταυ - tau - t
20 Υ / υ ύψιλον - upsilon - y
21 Φ / φ φι - phi - ph
22 Χ / χ χι - khi - kh
23 Ψ / ψ ψι - psi - ps
24 Ω / ω ωμέγα - oméga - ɔ:

 Practical Tips for Learning Greek

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by learning the Greek alphabet and basic pronunciation rules. This foundation will help you read and speak Greek more accurately.

2. Build Your Vocabulary

Focus on everyday words and phrases that you are likely to use. Flashcards and language apps can be very helpful in expanding your vocabulary.

3. Practice Speaking

Speak Greek as much as possible. Practice with native speakers or fellow learners. Use language exchange platforms to find conversation partners.

4. Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in the language through Greek media. Watch Greek movies, listen to Greek music, and follow Greek news. This will help improve your listening skills and familiarize you with the cultural context.

5. Use Official Online Resources

There are many official online resources to help you learn Greek:

6. Take a Language Course

Consider enrolling in a language course with a qualified teacher. Personalized instruction can accelerate your learning and help you master difficult concepts. The Athens Centre offers language courses and cultural exchange opportunities.

7. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key. Practice Greek daily, even if only for a few minutes. Regular exposure and practice will lead to steady progress.

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can start speaking and understanding Greek in no time. Happy learning!

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Carolien Duistermaat :  I like to learn Greek from Dutch language. How can I switch into Dutch?
Loecsen: Cursussen grieks
Frank Johnson :  Is there a way to slow down the speech of the native speakers?
Loecsen: Yes, you have to click on the button next to the "Play" button.
Ken Ward :  I began studying Greek several months ago. It's about the twelfth language I have studied, so I am a fairly experienced learner of foreign languages. I like this site very much. The speakers speak fast, which is good training. One question I have, though, is that the male speaker tends not to pronounce the 'n' sound in 'pende' (five) and in many other words ('saranda' for example, whereas the female speaker does pronounce the 'n' sound. Is this a normal difference between male and female speakers or is this peculiar to the two speakers for this site?
Louis :  Bravo pour ce site! J'ai révisé mes connaissances en italien et espagnol et j'ai surtout appris à me débrouiller en grec et à lire! 2 voyage en Crête, 1 circuit en Grèce et je révise pour un prochain séjour à Rhodes. Merci pour votre aide !
ahmet :  Çok beğenerek takip ediyorum. sağolun varolun.
John Elsegood :  First trip to Greece. Thank you for the basics. It will help a great deal
merriam :  As a woman who is now engaged with a Greek guy I find it essential for me to learn Greek. In order for me and my family to communicate.
byron kenard :  Awesome! I'm just starting to learn/understand the Greek language/culture, this website is great for helping us beginners understand those different accents/breathing marks that are a must when speaking in Greek. thanks-n-advance byron
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