Translation / Essentials
|Hello||Καλημέρα - kaliméra|
|Good evening||Καλησπέρα - kalispéra|
|Goodbye||Αντίο - adío|
|See you later||Τα λέμε αργότερα - ta léme argótera|
|Yes||Ναι - ne|
|No||Όχι - óhi|
|Excuse me!||Παρακαλώ - parakaló|
|Thanks||Ευχαριστώ - efharistó|
|Thanks a lot||Ευχαριστώ πολύ! - efharistó polí!|
|Thank you for your help||Ευχαριστώ για την βοήθεια - ef̱haristó̱ gia ti̱n voí̱theia|
|Don't mention it||Σας παρακαλώ - sas parakaló|
|Ok||Σύμφωνος - símfonos|
|How much is it?||Πόσο κάνει; - póso káni|
|Sorry!||Συγγνώμη - signómi|
|I don't understand||Δεν καταλαβαίνω - den katalavéno|
|I get it||Κατάλαβα - katálava|
|I don't know||Δεν ξέρω - den xéro|
|Forbidden||Απαγορεύεται - apagorévete|
|Excuse me, where are the toilets?||Που είναι οι τουαλέτες παρακαλώ; - pou íne i toualétes parakaló|
|Happy New Year!||Καλή χρονιά! - kalí hroniá|
|Happy birthday!||Χρόνια πολλά! - hrónia polá|
|Happy holiday!||Καλές γιορτές! - kalés giortés|
|Congratulations!||Συγχαρητήρια! - sigharitíria|
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. And 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 cultureIt 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 knowThe 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 CyprusWhether 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.
|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:|