Planning a vacation to Greece

Whether you’re exploring the historic ruins of Athens, lounging on the sun-drenched beaches of the Greek islands, or indulging in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, a basic understanding of the Greek language can greatly enhance your travel experience.

To help you navigate your Greek vacation with ease, here’s a list of 40 essential Greek words and phrases you’ll want to know:

Basic Greetings in Greek Language

  • 1. Γεια σας (YAH sahs) – Hello
  • 2. Καλημέρα (kah-lee-MEH-rah) – Good morning
  • 3. Καλησπέρα (kah-lee-SPER-rah) – Good evening
  • 4. Καληνύχτα (kah-lee-NEEKH-tah) – Goodnight
  • 5. Ευχαριστώ (ef-hah-rees-TOH) – Thank you
  • 6. Παρακαλώ (par-ah-kah-LOH) – Please
  • 7. Ναι (neh) – Yes
  • 8. Όχι (OH-hee) – No
  • 9. Συγγνώμη (seeg-NO-mee) – Excuse me / Sorry
  • 10. Πώς είστε; (pohs EE-steh) – How are you? (formal)
  • 11. Πώς είσαι; (pohs EE-seh) – How are you? (informal)
  • 12. Καλά, εσύ; (kah-LAH, EH-see) – Fine, and you?
  • 13. Παρακαλώ (par-ah-kah-LOH) – You’re welcome
  • 14. Συγνώμη, δεν καταλαβαίνω (seeg-NO-mee, then kah-tah-lah-VEH-no) – Sorry, I don’t understand

Navigating and Transportation

  • 15. Πού είναι το μετρό; (poo EE-nehh toh meh-TROH) – Where is the metro?
  • 16. Πόσο κοστίζει; (POH-soh koh-STEE-zee) – How much does it cost?
  • 17. Ταξί (tahk-SEE) – Taxi
  • 18. Λεωφορείο (leh-oh-foh-REE-oh) – Bus
  • 19. Ποδήλατο (poh-THEE-lah-toh) – Bicycle

Dining and Food

  • 20. Μενού (meh-NOO) – Menu
  • 21. Πιάτο (pee-AH-toh) – Plate
  • 22. Νερό (neh-ROH) – Water
  • 23. Καφές (kah-FEHS) – Coffee
  • 24. Μπύρα (BEE-rah) – Beer
  • 25. Κρασί (Kra-see) – Wine

Numbers

  • 26. Ένα (EH-nah) – Ένα
  • 27. Δύο (DEE-oh) – Δύο
  • 28. Τρία (TREE-ah) – Τρία
  • 29. Τέσσερα (TEHS-seh-rah) – Τέσσερα
  • 30. Πέντε (PEHN-deh) – Πέντε
  • 31. Δέκα (DE-kah) – Δέκα
  • 32. Εκατό (ΕΚ-atoh) – Εκατό

Time and Dates

  • 33. Τι ώρα είναι; (tee OR-ah EE-neh) – What time is it?
  • 34. Σήμερα (SEE-meh-rah) – Today
  • 35. Αύριο (AH-vee-ree-oh) – Tomorrow
  • 36. Χθες (KTHES) – Yesterday

Directions

  • 37. Αριστερά (ah-ree-STEH-rah) – Left
  • 38. Δεξιά (thek-SEE-ah) – Right
  • 39. Μπροστά (BROH-stah) – Straight ahead
  • 40. Πίσω (PEE-soh) – Behind

Learning these essential Greek words and phrases will not only help you communicate with locals but also enrich your travel experience as you immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Greece.

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