Greek Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

Greece is not only the perfect country for a summer vacation destination. It is also a good place for starting a new business or growing the market presence of an existing one. Be aware that the business partners you encounter might have a different working pace and slightly distinct business behavior than you do. You can’t ignore the cultural difference so be prepared to face them. Learning some Greek phrases will certainly help to melt the ice between you and your colleagues and friends. The Greek language is a tough one to learn as it has nothing in common with the Latin alphabet at the first sight. But as you start learning it, you will see how beautiful and melodic it is.

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Basic Greek Phrases

Hello. – Γειά σου. (Ya su.)
How are you? – Πώς είσαι? (Pos íse?)
Where are you from? – Από πού είσαι? (Apó pu íse?)
Pleased to meet you. – Χάρηκα. (Hárika.)
Good luck! – Καλὴ τύχη! (Kalí tíhi!)
I don’t know. – Δεν ξέρω. (Den xéro̱.)
Oops!: Ωπα (Opa)

Advanced Greek Phrases

Talk to you later. – Τα λέμε. (Tah lemeh.)
Cheers! – Στην υγειά μας! (Stin eyah mas!)

Phrases to Use When You Are Angry

Leave me alone! – Άφησέ με ήσυχο! (Áfisé me ísiho!)/Άφησέ με ήσυχη! (Áfisé me ísihi!)
Stop! – Σταμάτα! (Stamáta!)
I’m very angry with you! – θα σου πιω το αίμα!

Essentials for Tourists

How much is it? – Πόσο κάνει αυτό? (Pohsoh kanee aftoh?)
I love Greece. – Αγαπώ την Ελλάδα. (Ahgapoh teen Ehlahtha.)
Airport – Αεροδρόμιο (Aerodromio)
Railway station – Σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός (Siviradromikos ostasmos)
Hospital – Vοσοκομείο (Nosokomio)

To be continued…

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