The best time to visit Greece is spring and early summer. So starting your language lessons in October gives you six-months to learn some basic phrases to help you get around the country.
The first four lessons will include phrases that help you:
- Be Polite
- Get Around Town
- Find The Perfect Meal
- In Case Of Emergency
Hello > Χαίρετε > ChaíreteGoodbye > Αντίο > Antío
Good morning! > Καλημέρα > Kaliméra
Good afternoon! > Kαλό απόγευμα > Kaló apógevma
Good evening! > Καλησπέρα > Kalispéra
Good night! > Καληνύχτα > Kaliníkhta
While there are many variations of hello and goodbye (good morning, good night, etc.) that are worth knowing, learning these two words will help you simply greet and bid farewell any time of day.
Do you speak English? > Μιλάς αγγλικά? > Milás angliká?
Second only to ‘Hello’, this should be the first phrase you learn in any language when traveling abroad. It can save a great deal of time and frustration on both parties.
My name is ____ > Το όνομά μου είναι ____ > To ónomá mou eínai ____
I’m from ____ > είμαι από ____ > eímai apó ____
We all like to chat it up with a locals. These conversation give us the best insight to city, town or village (including where to get the best authentic Greek food). Knowing how to say your name and where you’re from will help you appear friendly.
Please > Σας παρακαλούμε > Sas parakaloúme
Thank You > Ευχαριστώ > Efcharistó
I’m Sorry > Συγγνώμη > Syngnómi
The art of humbleness, politeness and modesty never get old.
Excuse Me > Με συγχωρείτε > Me synchoreíte
For moments when “please” in a more apologetic tone won’t quite do the job, this phrase will help make your presence known in a non-intrusive fashion.
I do not understand > δεν καταλαβαίνω > den katalavaíno
Instead of nodding in agreement when you’re lost in a conversation, learning to articulate your confusion will save you some time (and your sanity!).
Can you speak more slowly? > Μπορείς να μιλούν πιο αργά; > Boreís na miloún pio argá?
Whether your conversation is in Greek or English, you may need to ask the person help you understand the Greek words or the accented English by slowing down their speech. It’s better to ask politely than to misunderstand the directions and end up with a long walk on a short pier.