Modern Greek/Lesson 02.1

Lesson 2.1: Common Greek Expressions edit

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.