Greek Etiquette Words to Know

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When it comes to learning the Greek language, there are some words that you absolutely need to learn first. Before you do anything in Greek, you will need to find ways to be polite to those you come into contact with. These words of etiquette can put people at ease and will help you better communicate with them. Even as your skills in the Greek language begin increasing, you will still need these etiquette words because nearly every conversation will begin with them. Here’s a look at the words:

Common Etiquette Words in the Greek Language:

It is pretty standard to begin and end each conversation you have in Greek with proper etiquette in mind. Typically, you will begin by Greeting the person by saying something like “Hello”, “Good Morning”, “Good Afternoon”, and so on. You usually end each conversation by saying “Good Bye” or “Good Night.” There are other words you will need to know, as well, such as “Please” or “Thank You”. Be sure to memorize them as best as you can so you can use them when you need them.

  • Please – παρακαλώ – parakalo
  • Thank you – ευχαριστώ – efharisto
  • Thank you very much – Ευχαριστώ πολύ – efharisto poli
  • Hello – γεια σας – ya sas
  • Good bye – αντιο σας – adio sas
  • Good morning – Καλημέρα – kalimera
  • Good afternoon – καλό απόγευμα – kalo apoiyevma
  • Good evening – Καλό απόγευμα –  kalo apoiyevma
  • Good night – καληνυχτα – kalinihta
  • Excuse me – συγνώμη – signomi
  • May I …? Μπορώ; – boro

As is the case with anything in Greek that you will learn, you don’t need to spend too much time memorizing the words. Read over this list a few times and do your best to learn them pretty well. After that, you should spend some time putting these words into practice. Because they are used so often, you will end up memorizing them naturally as you work through the Greek language.


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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