Learning to Speak Greek

Learning to Speak Greek

Adult Greek Americans love to tell stories about their childhood Greek school experiences. It was like piano lessons – no one wanted to go after school but our parents insisted. Those who went long enough to learn are very grateful to be fluent in such a beautiful language. And those who didn’toften regret their lack of knowledge.

Most Greek Orthodox churches offer Greek Language classes in the evenings or on the weekends – for children and some for adults. These classes often encompass language, culture and faith. You can definitely travel in Greece without knowing the language as many people there are fluent in English. But if you learn a few important phrases, your trip will be even more memorable.

Common Greek Phrases

English

Phonetic

Greek

Comments

Yes

Ne

Ναι

No

ohi

Όχι

Please and you’re welcome

Parakaló

Παρακαλώ

Thank You

Efharistó

Ευχαριστώ

Welcome

Kalós orísate

Καλώς Ορίσατε

I don’t understand

Then katalavéno

Δεν καταλαβαίνω

Excuse me or Sorry

sygnómi

Συγνώμη!

Good morning

Kaliméra

καλημέρα

Good evening

Kalispéra

καλησπέρα

A greeting used in evening or night.

Good night

Kaliníhta

καληνύχτα

A goodbye greeting at night

Hello (Hi)

Yiá sou

Yiá sas

γειά σου

γειά σας

Singular, informal

Plural, or formal

How are you?

ti kánete?

pos íste?

Τι κάνετε;

Πώς είστε;

Can also mean “what are you doing”

I’m fine

kalá [íme]

Καλά (είμαι)

Pleased to meet you

Hárika

Χάρηκα

Cheers/Good Health

stin iyiá mas!

Στην υγειά μας!

To our health – when toasting drinks

I don’t know

then kse-ro

Δεν ξέρω

Greek

elinika

Ελληνικά

What time is it?

ti ora ine

Τι ώρα είναι;

I love you

S’agapó

Σ΄αγαπώ

Singular informal

What’s your name?

pós se léne?

Πώς σε λένε;

Singular, informal

My name is

me léne …

Με λένε …

Goodbye

Andio or

Yiá sou

Αντίο

Γειά σου

All right or OK

endaxi

εντάξει

I don’t speak Greek

Den milao elinika

Δεν μιλώ Ελληνικά

Online Greek lessons and courses

http://www.kypros.org/LearnGreek/ (Modern/Ancient)

http://www.ilearngreek.com (Modern)

http://www.greece.org/gr-lessons/ (Modern)

http://www.xanthi.ilsp.gr/filog/ (Modern)

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Modern_Greek (Modern)

http://greekthrumusic.blogspot.com/ (Modern) h

ttp://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/greek/talk/