Heading to Greece on vacation and have no idea how to communicate with people there? Don’t worry, most people know English, so you can communicate with them in English, but if you want to know some basic words and useful Greek phrases to be sure, I have just the posts for your!
Also, learning to say a few words like “hello” and “thank you” is always a nice gesture when you travel anywhere in the world. Here are some basic words and phrases that will help you on your holiday in Greece. Useful Greek phrases for tourists, like saying please, asking for the bill, directions and so on. Below is also a video to help with some pronunciation of the words and phrases.
Common And Useful Greek Phrases For Tourists In Greece
Good morning – Καλημέρα – Kalimera
Good night – Καληνύχτα – Kalinýchta
Good evening – Καλησπέρα – Kalispéra
Hello or goodbye – Γειά Σας – Geiá Sas
Yes – Ναι – Nai
No – Όχι – Óchi
Thanks – Ευχαριστώ – Efcharistó
Excuse me or excuse me – Συγγνώμη – Syngnómi
What is this? – ι είναι αυτό; – Ti eínai aftó?
I want this – Θέλω αυτό – Thélo aftó
I want … – Θέλω να … – Thélo na …
How much? – Πόσο κάνει αυτό; – Póso kánei aftó?
I want to go … – Θέλω να παω … – Thélo na pao …
How can I get to … – Πώς να παω … – Pós na pao …
Where is … – Πού είναι … – Poú eínai …
I don’t know – Δεν ξέρω – Den xéro
What time is it? – Τι ώρα είναι; – Ti óra eínai?
How are you? – Τι κάνεις; – Ti káneis?
What’s your name? – Πώς σε λένε; – Pós se léne?
My name is … – Με λένε … – Me léne …
Nice to meet you – Χαίρω Πολύ – Chaíro Polý
I don’t speak Greek – Δε μιλάω ελληνικά – De miláo elliniká
Do you speak English? – Μιλάτε αγγλικά – Miláte angliká
I don’t understand – Δεν καταλαβαίνω – Den katalavaíno
Please or pray – Παρακαλώ – Parakaló
I love Greece – Αγαπώ την Ελλάδα – Agapó tin Elláda
Useful travel tips if you are a traveler and not a tourist:
Don’t confuse ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Yes it is neither – which sounds like “no” or “nah” in English. No it is ókhi or ochi – which sounds like “okay” in English.
You can use Google Translate to hear a word’s pronunciation and practice.
Having a map with you, will help you communicate when you ask for directions.
Asking For information In Greek
Whether you are on one of the lesser-known Greek islands or you are exploring Greek archaeological sites, these phrases can come in handy in many situations.
Let’s find out together.
- Ého hathí. Boríte na mu díxete pu vrískete sto hárti?
I’m lost. Can you show me the location on the map?
- Boríte na mu sistísete kanéna kaló estiatória?
Could you recommend a good restaurant?
- Gnorízete ton arithmó ya na kalési kápyos taxí? Prépi na páo I’m Gregolimano.
Do you know the number to call a taxi? I have to go to Gregolimano.
- Póso káni?
- Boró na pliróso me pistotikí kárta?
Do you accept credit cards?
Mythical, sunny, joyful and convivial: Greece is unique! It is the place to discover the origins of our civilization, to be subjugated by the charm of temples that have stood for over a thousand years, to admire the artistic masterpieces of the ancient world. But it is also a country where you can indulge in idleness, taking a dip in the bluest sea in Europe and cheerful dinners in delicious traditional restaurants, or indulge in a wild nightlife. Beaches, museums, ancient cities, traditional villages, a metropolis that combines ancient and modern in a fascinating mix: nothing is really missing in Greece!
Visiting Greece is wonderful, in all seasons. But pay attention to the summer season, it is very hot and we advise you to bring sunscreen and a hat, always useful not to risk a sunstroke when you visit the temples.
Greece is a very tourist destination not only for those who do classical studies, it is the cradle of history and ours too. Greece is the cradle of culture.
You will walk where many years ago the most cultured Greek philosophers, walked.
Each of us has travel dreams and if yours is to go to Greece, let yourself be guided by your emotions. Marvel at a sunset in beautiful Athene, enjoy a cruise on the smaller islands and live the evening with friends.
Greece is a perfect destination for everyone and we hope with this article that we have helped you in your travel experience.
Greek Phrase Book To Take On Your Trip
Below are a few books with Greek phrases for holidaymakers heading to Greece and its beautiful islands.
Want More Greece Travel Tips? Also Read:
- Things To Do In Santorini At Night
- How To Get To Santorini From Mykonos
- Best Areas To Stay In Mykonos
- 10 Days In Greece – Athens Mykonos & Santorini
- Santorini Travel Guide
- How To Get Around In Santorini
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