Modern Greek/Lesson 02.1

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Lesson 2.1: Common Greek Expressions[edit | edit source]

This table will get you started speaking Greek. Don't worry for now that there isn't much explanation, here we just want to familiarise ourselves with the sounds and learn a few expressions which you might commonly hear.

Common Phrases · Συχνές Εκφράσεις
Ελληνικά /ɛlini'ka/ (eh-lee-nee-KAH) Greek
Γεια σας /ja sas/ (YA sass) Hi (formal/plural)
Γεια σου /ja su/ (YA soo) Hi (informal/singular)
Παρακαλώ /paraka'lɔ/ (pah-rah-kah-LOH) Please
Ευχαριστώ /ɛfxari'stɔ/ (ef-khah-ree-SSTOH) Thank you
Εκείνο /e'kinɔ/ (eh-KEE-noh) That one
Πόσο κάνει; /'pɔsɔ 'kani/ (POH-soh KAH-nee) How much?
Αγγλικά /aŋgli'ka/ (ang-glee-KAH) English
Ναι /nɛ/ (neh) Yes (this is a faux ami for speakers of many European languages)
Όχι /'ɔçi/, OH-hee No
Συγ(γ)νώμη /sig'nɔmi/ (sigg-NOH-mee) Sorry
Δεν καταλαβαίνω /'ðɛŋ katala'vɛnɔ/ (dheng kah-tah-lah-VEH-noh) I don't understand
Πού είναι η τουαλέτα; /'pu 'inɛ i tua'lɛta/ (poo EE-neh ee too-ah-LEH-ta) Where is the bathroom?
Γεια μας /'ja mas/ (YAH mass) "Good health/cheers" (Generic toast)
Μιλάτε αγγλικά; /mi'latɛ aŋgli'ka/ (mee-LAH-teh ung-glee-KAH) Do you speak English?

Keep practicing, and then when you're ready, move on to the next lesson.