50 Basic Greek Words & Phrases: Useful Common Greek Phrases And Words To Learn For Your Trip To Greece!

Have you booked your dream Grecian adventure and looking for some handy basic Greek words, and common phrases in Greek to make use of during your stay? In this guide, we’ve got you covered with exactly that!

It’s no secret, we absolutely adore everything about Greece. From the idyllic romantic Greek islands to the historic streets of Athens, the out of this world Greek cuisine, and not to forget the hospitable and warm Greek people themselves.

From the moment we set foot in Athens for a few nights and throughout our Greek island hopping adventure which included stops in Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini, we were hooked and have vowed to return to beautiful Greece to explore more of this divine country.

Whilst we didn’t have any problems at all with communication throughout our journey, learning a few essential words and phrases in Greek goes a long way towards impressing your local hosts. 

In this post, we’ve decided to put together a list of the most common Greek phrases, some basic Greek words as well as other useful expressions in Greek that you may find handy along your own journey.

Of course, the Greek language is not easy to learn. Least of all because they make use of a completely different alphabet and pronunciation may be a challenge.

As such, we’ve also gone ahead and provided you with pronunciation guides to help you ace this list of essential Greek words and phrases. 

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50 Handy & Common Greek Words & Phrases to Learn

Useful Common Greek Phrases And Words To Learn For Your Travels To Greece!

Basic Greek Words

Along your travels, you’ll no likely need some basic Greek words and expressions that may range from simple pleasantries, the Greek “thank you”, or how to say “no” in Greek. Here are some of the essentials to get you started. 

Word:Written in Greek:Sounds Like (Phonetic)
Yes in GreekΝαιne
No in GreekΌχιo-hee
Greek for Thank YouΕυχαριστώef-ha-ree-sto
Please in GreekΠαρακαλώpa-ra-ka-lo
You’re Welcome in GreekΠαρακαλώpa-ra-ka-lo
Excuse MeΣυγγνώμηsee-gno-mee
Cheers!Γεια μας!ya-mas
Help!βοήθειαvoh-ee-the-aa

Greetings in Greek

Here are some more useful greetings in Greek that include things like how to say hello in Greek or what goodbye in Greek is. 

Word:Written in Greek:Sounds Like (Phonetic)
Good morning in GreekΚαλημέραka-li-mer-a
Good evening in GreekΚαλησπέραka-li-spe-ra
Good night in GreekΚαληνύχταka-li-nih-ta
Hi / ByeΓειά σαςyee-a sas
See you laterTα λέμεta le-me

When to use which Greek greeting:

“Good morning” is typically used up until noon, 12:00. Thereafter you can start switching to using ‘Geia Sas’ (Hi / Bye). 

“Good evening” can start to be used around late afternoon (from around 16:00 pm onwards is good) and can be used into the night. 

The use of “Good night” is really intended to signal you calling it a night and usually only later after around 21:00 pm. Say you are heading to bed or perhaps you are leaving a dinner party to head back to your hotel, then this form would be more appropriate. 

Useful & Basic Phrases in Greek

The following expressions and phrases and expressions in Greek may come in very handy when trying to navigate through your travels in Greece. 

Word:Written in Greek:Sounds Like (Phonetic)
Greek for How are you?Τι κάνεις (Singular)ti ka-nees?
What is your name?Πως σας λενε (Formal)pos sas le-ne?
My name is…To όνομα μου είναι…to o-no-ma mou ee-ne…
Nice to meet youΧαίρω ΠολύHeh-ro po-li
I don’t understandΔεν καταλαβαίνωthen ka-ta-la-ve-noh
Do you speak English?Mιλάτε Αγγλικάmi-la-te a-gli-ka
I don’t speak Greekδεν μιλάω Ελληνικάthen mee-lah-o he-lee-nika
I love GreeceAγαπώ την Ελλάδαa-ga-po teen e-la-da
How much is this?Πόσο κάνει?poh-so ka-nee
What time is it?Τι ώρα είναι?ti ho-ra i-neh?
Can you help me?Μπορείς να με βοηθήσεις?bo-re-te na me voy-thee-sees
How Do I Go To …πώς πάω στοpos pa-o sto

Useful Greek Vocabulary

Here are a few good-to-know Greek words that you can use in combination with the phrases mentioned above!

Word:Written in Greek:Sounds Like (Phonetic)
HotelΞενοδοχειοkse-no-do-ghee-o
Airportαεροδρόμιοaero-droh-mio
Train Stationσταθμός τραίνουstath-mos tre-nou
Taxiταξίtak-si
BusΛεωφορείοleo-foh-rio
ToiletΤουαλέταtoo-ah-let-ta
BeerΜπύραBee-rah
WineΚρασίKrah-see
FoodΦαγητόfah-yee-toh
WaterΝερόneh-roh
RestaurantΕστιατόριοes-tea-a-toh-rio
Bill (Cheque)λογαριασμόςlo-gah-ree-as-moss
BankΤράπεζαTrah-pe-za
PharmacyΦαρμακείοphar-mah-kee-oh
Tourist OfficeΤουριστικό γραφείοToo-ris-ti-ko grah-fee-oh

Basic Greek Numbers

Here is a list of how to count from one to ten in Greek that may come into play if you wanted to say order two beers or one glass of wine!

Word:Written in Greek:Sounds Like (Phonetic)
OneΕναςen-nahs
TwoΔύοthee-oh
ThreeΤρίαtree-a
FourΤέσσεραtess-air-ah
FiveΠέντεpen-day
SixΕξιex-ee
SevenΕπτάef-ta
EightΟκτώoc-toh
NineΕννέαen-nay-a
TenΔέκαthe-ka
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