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Short Introduction to the Greek Language with pronunciation recordings

The modern Greek language is spoken by about 13 million people worldwide (basically citizens of Greece and Cyprus as well as Greek emigrants worldwide). I tried to find out how many words does the Greek language have, but I couldn't... they are probably many more than the average language, but it seems difficult or impossible to count due to the characteristics of the language and the unclear definition of what a unique word is... (strange!) Fortunately, I will make things simple here, and try to teach you the necessary ones...

The modern Greek language is based in the Ancient Greek language, but its quite different. Even though every Greek is learning ancient Greek in High-school, not many can read or speak ancient Greek. Its quite difficult for the modern Greek language speaker.

Following are some basic phrases / words that may be useful to the visitor, even though most Greeks in Rhodes Island speak basic English. Of course most older people and especially in villages, dont speak English, but when you get in a difficult situation, someone around will be able to help.

Knowing some basic words like Hello, Good morning, Good night, Excuse me, of course will make you look good and will bring you a bit closer to the already friendly Greek!!

  The Greek Alphabet
Upper Case Greek
Α
Β
Γ
Δ
Ε
Ζ
Η
Θ
Ι
Κ
Λ
Μ
Ν
Ξ
Ο
Π
Ρ
Σ
Τ
Υ
Φ
Χ
Ψ
Ω
Lower Case Greek
α
β
γ
δ
ε
ζ
η
θ
ι
κ
λ
μ
ν
ξ
ο
π
ρ
σ
τ
υ
φ
χ
ψ
ω
Similar English Letter
a
b
g
d
e
z
e
th
e
k
l
m
n
x
o
p
r
s
t
e
f
h
ps
o

In the following list, First is the English word, followed by -> and the Greek word in Greek, followed by -> and the pronunciation.
In bold is the syllable where you should give emphasis. With dash (-) we separate the syllables of a word. You have the option to hear the pronunciation of the phrases and words through our recordings, as you read them, just click the play button under the heading of each category below.

Various Phrases
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Hello -> Γειά σας -> Yah sahss -> Literally: health to you, is used to say hello to many people (plural), or say hello formall
Hello -> Γειά σου -> Yah soo ->  More informal hello, is used to say hello to one person
How are you? -> Τι κάνετε? -> Tee kah-neh-teh? -> Plural or formal how are you
How are you? -> Τι κάνεις? -> Tee kah-nehs? -> Single how are you, when you say how are you to a person
Good, Fine -> Καλά -> Kah-lah
Good day -> Καλημέρα -> kah-lee-meh-rah
Good evening-> Καλησπέρα -> kah-lee-speh-rah
Good night -> Καληνύχτα -> kah-lee-neekh-tah
Thank you -> Ευχαριστώ -> ef-khah-rees-toh
Excuse me -> Συγνώμη -> see-ghnoh-mee
I am sorry -> Λυπάμαι -> lee-pah-meh
See you later -> Τα λέμε -> tah le-me
What's your name? -> Πως σε λένε? -> pohs seh leh-neh?
My name is... -> Το όνομά μου είναι... -> toh oh-no-mah-mou eh-neh...
Nice to meet you-> Χάρηκα -> ha-ree-kah
I don't understand-> Δεν καταλαβαίνω -> dehn kah-tah-lah-veh-no
I am lost -> Έχω χαθεί -> eho hah-theeh
I love you -> Σ' αγαπώ -> seh ah-gah-poh

Various Words
CLICK PLAY->   To hear the pronunciation of the words below
Yes->Ναί -> neh
No-> Όχι -> ohee
Please -> Παρακαλώ -> pah-rah-kah-loh
Help! -> Βοήθεια! -> voh-ee-thee-ah
Police -> Αστυνομία -> ah-stih-noh-mih-ah
Emergency-> Επείγον -> eh-peeh-ghon
Doctor -> Γιατρός -> yiah-trohs
Hospital - > Νοσοκομείο -> noh-soh-koh-mee-oh
Telephone -> Τηλέφωνο -> tee-leh-foh-noh
Ticket -> Εισιτήριο -> eeh-seh-tee-ree-oh
Restaurant-> Εστιατόριο -> eh-stee-ah-toh-ree-oh
Water -> Νερό -> neh-roh
Beer-> Μπύρα -> bee-rah
Beach -> Παραλία -> pah-rah-lee-ah
Hotel-> Ξενοδοχείο ->ksee-noh-doh-hee-oh
Room -> Δωμάτιο -> doh-mah-tee-oh
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