Lessons A, B, & C taught you how to ask for a meal when ordering in a Greek restaurant by giving you the pronunciation for Gyro, Dolmaldes and Tzatziki.
But what if you’re out eating with a group of friends at a beautiful village cafe situated just meters from the Mediterranean Sea and you want to place an order?
Do you order 5 Gyros by:
- holding up five fingers in the waiter’s face?
- pointing at each of your friends and saying “Gyro, Gryo, Gryo, Gryo, Gyro”?
- by saying pénte gyros parakaló?
Well let’s hope you have selected C, and here’s how you count to ten in Greek:
0= Μηδέν = Miden (mee-DEN)
1= Ένα = Ena (EN-a)
2= Δύο = Dyo (DEE-o)
3= Τρία = Tria (TREE-a)
4= Τέσσερα = Tessera (TESS-eh-ra)
5= Πέντε = Pente (PEN-day)
6= Έξι = Exi (EX-ee)
7= επτά = Epta (ef-ta)
8= οκτώ = Octo (oc-TOH)
9= εννέα = Ennea (en-NAY-ah)
10= Δέκα = Deka (DEK-a)
In this edition, I am also going to give you a special treat, and that’s because you asked nicely. And when you want to ask for something nicely when in Greece (or Mezes) simply use:
parakaló, the Greek word for please meaning to ask, pray, beg, request or urge.