Greek Language Phrases You’ll Need While Visiting Greece

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It can take years to learn a language fluently, but that should stop you from learning a few words or phrases ahead of your trip! It’s true that the Greek people do know English pretty well, especially in areas where there are a lot of tourists. However, you still might want to learn a few basic Greek words and phrases ahead of your trip.

Greeks love to see people try to speak their language, and you’ll definitely earn some bonus points from the people for trying things out. Here’s a few basic words and phrases you should know while in Greece:

Simple Greek Language Words and Phrases to Learn:

  • Hello – Γειά σου – Ya Soo
  • Hi – Γειά – Ya
  • How are you? Πώς είσαι; Pos Eesai
  • How are you? Tι κανείς – Ti kanees (colloquial)
  • Nice to meet you. – Χάρηκα πολύ – Harika poli
  • Good morning – Καλημέρα – kalimera
  • Good afternoon/evening – Καλησπέρα – kalispera
  • Good night – Καληνύχτα – goodnight
  • Yes – Ναί – Ne
  • No – Οχι – Ohi
  • Please / You’re Welcome – Παρακαλώ – Parakalo
  • What is your name? – πως σε λένε? – Pos se lene
  • My name is … – Με λένε … – Me lene ….
  • Excuse me/ sorry – Συγνώμη – seegnomi
  • Bye – αντίο – adio

While in Greece, it is a good idea to learn some Greek. You’ll enjoy your vacation so much more! The good news is that you don’t need to memorize these words and phrases if you don’t want. Just refer back to this article whenever you need and use the words and phrases listed here whenever you get the chance.


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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