What are some of the common phrases and words that you should learn in Greek and how to pronounce them correctly?

Greece is a beautiful country with a rich history, culture and cuisine. Whether you are planning to visit the ancient ruins of Athens, the stunning islands of Santorini and Mykonos, or the scenic countryside of Peloponnese, you will surely have an unforgettable experience. But to make your trip even more enjoyable and memorable, why not learn some basic Greek words and phrases before you go?

Greek is not an easy language to learn, especially if you are not familiar with the Greek alphabet. But don’t let that stop you from trying to communicate with the locals. Greeks are very friendly and hospitable people, and they will appreciate your efforts to speak their language. Even if you make some mistakes or have a funny accent, they will likely help you out or laugh with you, not at you.

In this blog post, we will teach you some of the most useful and common Greek words and phrases that you should know when visiting Greece. We will also provide you with pronunciation guides and tips to help you sound more natural and confident. By the end of this post, you will be able to greet people, introduce yourself, ask for directions, order food, express gratitude, and more in Greek.

Basic Greek Words

Let’s start with some basic Greek words that you will need in almost any situation. These are words like yes, no, please, thank you, excuse me, etc. Memorize these words and use them often to be polite and respectful.

English Greek Pronunciation
Yes Ναι Ne
No Όχι O-hee
Please Παρακαλώ Pa-ra-ka-lo
Thank you Ευχαριστώ Ef-ha-ree-sto
You’re welcome Παρακαλώ Pa-ra-ka-lo
Excuse me / I’m sorry Συγγνώμη See-gno-mee
Cheers! Γεια μας! Ya-mas!
Help! Βοήθεια! Voh-ee-the-aa!

Greetings in Greek

The next set of words and phrases that you should learn are greetings in Greek. These are words like hello, goodbye, good morning, good evening, etc. Greeting people is a great way to start a conversation and show your interest in their culture.

English Greek Pronunciation
Hello / Bye (informal) Γειά σου / Γειά σας (plural) Yah-soo / Yah-sas
Hello / Goodbye (formal) Χαίρετε / Αντίο σας Hai-re-te / An-dee-o sas
Good morning Καλημέρα Ka-li-mer-a</t