Learn to Speak Greek
Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the Greek language. Knowing just a few key words and phrases when
you arrive will really enhance your vacaction. Although English is widely spoken, and many signs are
tourist-friendly, you may find that you have an even warmer reception if you attempt a few words in the language
of the people.
Browse through our sections and learn key phrases to cover the basics, dining out, getting around, shopping, hotels, and time and numbers.
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These few key words will get you a surprisingly long way! Try them out, it's fun! I think the hardest thing you'll
have to remember is Ne means Yes (just seems backwards somehow, doesn't it?). The rest is pretty easy.|
(for after the sun has gone down)
|How are you?
||Ti kanis? (singular/informal)|
Ti kanete? (plural/formal)
|Very well thank-you
||Poli kala, efharisto (singular/informal)|
|Thank-you very much
|Think about how much more you'll enjoy the experience of your fabulous Greek meal if you can order it all in
Greek - or at least thank the waiter. Who knows, perhaps they'll be so impressed they'll treat you to an ouzo! Either way,
kali orexi (bon apetit)!|
|A table for two, please
||Ena trapezi ya thio atoma, parakalo|
|We have a reservation for...
||Ehoume klisa ya...|
|Can we see the menu, please
||Ton katalogho, parakalo|
|What do you recommend?
|I would like..
|I didn't order this
(just in case)
|Then paragila afto|
|Where are the washrooms?
||Pou ine i toualetes?|
|The meal was very good, thank you
||To fayito, itan poli kalo, efharisto|
|Can we have the bill, please?
||Mas fernete ton logariasmo, parakalo?|
|Do you take credit cards?
||Pernete pistotikes kartes?|
Whether you're travelling on foot or renting a vehicle, taking a taxi, bus, boat, train or plane, there are many options
for getting around in Greece. These handy phrases may be useful.|
|Which way is the tourist office?
(where you can get lots of information)
|Pou ine to tourstiko ghrafio?|
|Is this the right way to....?
||Pame kala ya....?|
|It's on the right
|It's on the left
|I'd like to rent a car
||Thelo na nikiaso ena aftokinito|
|Is insurance included?
(Be sure to ask!)
|Perilamvanete i asfalia?|
|Fill it up
|How far is it to...?
|Does this bus (train/boat) go to...?
||Afto to leoforio (treno, karavi) paei sto?|
|How much is a ticket to...?
||Poso kani to isitirio ya...?|
|A one-way ticket to..., please
||Ena aplo isitirio ya...parakalo|
|Can you get me a taxi, please?
||Moo kalite ena taxi, parakalo?|
|To the airport, please
||Sto aerodhromio, parakalo|
If you find yourself off the beaten path, you can find some great bargains on hand-made goods. This may
help you get a better deal!|
|I would like...
|Do you have
|How much is this?
||Poso kani afto?|
|I'm just looking
(playing hard to get?)
|That's all, thanks
|I'll think about it
||Tha to skefto|
|I'll take it
||Tha to paro|
|Can I pay by credit card?
(you may not
get the best discount)
|Boro na pliroso me pistotiki karta?|
Unless you're in a very remote area, chances are good that your hotel proprietors will speak English. But hey,
you're into it now right?|
|Do you have a vacancy?
||Ehete kena thomatia?|
|I have a reservation
||Eho klisi thomatio|
|I'd like a room with a bathroom
||Tha ithela ena thomatio me banio|
|I'd like a room for (one) night
||Tha ithela ena thomatio ya (mia) nihta|
|What is the rate per night?
||Poso stihizi i thianikterefsi?|
|My room number is...
||O arithmos too thomatioo moo ine...|
|I'm leaving tomorrow
(awful words, aren't they?)
Time and Numbers
Add these to the phrases you've learned for ordering dinner, getting around, shopping and accommodation
and the sky's the limit! Remember, just relax and give it a try, the Greeks will be happy to help
you. And if nothing else, remember Kalimera (good morning), Parakalo (please), and Efharisto (thank-you)!|