Making Introductions in the Greek Language
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Making introductions is one of those basic skills you will need to learn in the Greek language if you plan on interacting with people who speak Greek. Greeks are friendly and are always eager to converse with the people they interact with, and it makes your experience so much richer if you are able to do in the Greek language! This is not only an important skill to learn while in Greece, but while speaking Greek anywhere in the world.
Here is a look at some of the essential vocabulary you will need in order to introduce yourself to people while in Greece:
Vocabulary for Making Introductions
- Let me introduce myself. Να Σασ συστηθώ. Na sas sustitho.
- My name is (insert name) … το όνομά μου είναι … To onoma mou
- I am called (insert name) … Με λένε … My lenne. (Used interchangeably with το όνομά μου είναι)
- Pleased to meet you. χάρηκα πολύ για τη σου γνωριμία. Harika poli ya to gnorimia
- Let me introduce you to (insert name) … Να σου τη (insert name).
Etiquette Associated With Making Introductions
For those outside of the Greek culture, it is easy to underestimate how important these introductions really are from a cultural standpoint. The formality of it may also seem a little bit unnecessary. In Greece (and also for most of Europe), this is considered pretty standard. Making introductions is a vital part of the culture and of getting along with people while in Greece. Here are some scenarios where you may need to use this vocabulary:
- While checking in at your hotel you will need to introduce yourself to get your room
- During any tours that you may take you might want to introduce yourself to your tour guide.
- If you have restaurant reservations, you will want to introduce yourself to the host or hostess.
- Making introductions is common all over Greece when meeting someone for the first time.
Remember that when you are studying the Greek language, you don’t need to go crazy memorizing a lot of vocabulary words. It is enough to read through this list a few times to familiarize yourself with the words.
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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