Greek is one of the world’s oldest recorded living languages and holds an important place in the histories and cultures of Europe. It is the language of Aristotle, Homer, Plato, Herodotus and Alexander the Great.
Hello Yia su
Thank you Efkharisto
Cheers! Stin iyia mas!
Here you are Oriste
What is your name? Pos se lene?
Excuse me Me sinhorite
I have a reservation Ekho kani mia kratisi
I would like a taxi Tha ithela ena taksi
I understand Katalaveno
I don’t understand Then katalaveno
One moment please Mia stigmi parakalo
Greetings & Goodbyes
Hello / Hi Yia su
Good Afternoon Herete
Good Morning Kalimera
Good Evening Kalispera
Good Night Kalinikhta
How are you? Ti kaneis? (singular) / Ti kanete? (plural)
Fine and you? Kala esi? (singular) / Kala eseis? (plural)
What’s your name? Pos se lene
My name is… Me lene…
I’m pleased to meet you Hero poli
Bon voyage Kalo taksithi
How many? Posoi (plural masculin) / Poses (plural feminin) / Posa (plural neuter)
How much? Posos (masculin) / Posi (feminin) / Poso (neuter)
Who? Pios (musculin) / Pia (feminin)/ Pio (neuter)
How much is it? Poso kani?
When’s the first bus? Pote ine to proto leoforio?
What time does it leave? To ora fevgyi?
How far is it? Poso makria ine?
Who is that? Pios ine ekeinos?
What is the address? Pia einai i thiefthinsi?
Can you show me on the map? Boris na mu thiksis sto kharti?
Do you speak English? Milas (Anglika)?
Does anyone speak (English)? Mila kanis Anglika?
I beg your pardon? Oriste / Signomi
Do you understand? Katalavenis?
What will the weather be like tomorrow? Pos tha ine o keros avrio?
Where’s the toilet? Pu ine I toualeta?
Telling the Time
What time is it? Ti ora ine?
It’s ten o’clock. Ine theka i ora
Five past ten Theka ke pende
Quarter past ten Theka ke tetarto
Half past ten Theka ke misi
Quarter to ten Theka para tetarto
Twenty to ten Theka para ikosi
At what time? Se posi ora?
At ten Stis theka
I love you Se aghapo
My baby Moro mu
My soul Psihula mu
My treasure Khriso mu
Sweetheart Karthula mu
I like you very much Mu aresis poli
He’s a babe Ine kuklos
She’s a babe Ine kukla
Don’t stress Min kanis etsi
I don’t care Then me niazi
It’s OK Ine endaksi
Just a minute Miso lepto
Just joking Astievome
No problem Den iparhi provlima
No way Apokliete
Well now… Lipon
You’re wrong Kanis lathos
Call the police Kalese tin astinomia
Call a doctor Kalese ena yiatro
I’m sick Ime arostos
I’m lost Ekho khathi
Watch out Prosehe
Go away Fiye
Food and Drink
Can you recommend a bar / cafe / restaurant? Boris na sistisis ena bar / kafe / estiatorio?
I would like to reserve a table Tha ithela na kratiso ena trapezi
Enjoy your meal Kali oreksi
I am allergic to Ime aleryikos
I’m feeling drunk Methisa
1,000,000 ena ekatomirio
Greek was a widely spoken lingua franca in the Mediterranean world and beyond during Classical Antiquity, and would eventually become the official parlance of the Byzantine Empire. In its modern form, it is the official language of Greece and Cyprus and one of the 23 official languages of the European Union. The language is spoken by approximately 13 million people today. Many modern languages, such as English, have adopted words from Greek. English has over 50,000 words in its lexicon which are derived from the Greek language, especially in the sciences and medicine. As with Latin, Greek is used in the process of new word production in modern languages.
The Modern Greek alphabet consists of 24 letters. Adjective in Greek normally come before the noun, just like in English. They take different endings to agree with the noun they qualify. Greek nouns have gender – masculine, feminine and neuter. Plural nouns take different endings depending on gender.