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It is always useful to know just a few words of a foreign language. Although English is widely spoken in most areas frequented by visitors, in some of the more remote towns and villages you will still find people who only speak Greek . Taking the time to learn a little vocabulary can be very useful and also indicates that you have a deeper interest in the island and it's people.
The following is a rough and ready guide to some commonly used words and phrases Choose a topic - then use your browsers back button to return to this menu.

Greetings Politeness Shopping
Groceries Fruit & Veg Accommodation
Days Months Numbers
Emergencies Directions More?
Greetings - these usually have two forms. Either formal / informal or plural. For instance - if you wish to say hello to a friend you know well, you say ''Yassoo" however if you are speaking to a person you don't know well or more than one person you use "Yassas"
Hello / Goodbye formal Yassas
Hello / Goodbye informal Yassoo
Good morning formal Kalimerasas
Good morning informal Kalimera
Good afternoon formal Kalisperasas
Good afternoon informal kalispera
How are you? formal Ti kanete
How are you? informal Ti kanis
Very well Poli kala
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Politeness
Yes (as in net without t) Ne
No Ohi
Please (word with 2 meanings Parakalo
You are welcome Parakalo
Thank you Efharisto
Good Kala
Very Good Poli kala
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Shopping
I would like....... (th as in thin) Tha eethela
Have you got? Ehis
How much? Poso Kani
Expensive Akrivos
Very Expensive Poli akrivos
Cheap Fthino
Cheaper Fthinotera
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Groceries
Bread Psomi
Butter Vootiro
Coffee (instant) Nescafe
Tea Tsai
Milk Gala
Sugar Zahari
Honey Meli
Jam Marmelatha
Yoghurt Yaorty
Cheese   Teeree
Eggs   Avga
Chicken   Kotopolo
Beef   Vothino
Minced beef   Keema
Pork   Hirino
Sausages   Loukanika
Fish   Psari
Olive oil   Eliolatho
Matches   Spirtha
Toilet paper   Harti Eeyeas
Aspirin   Aspirini
Soap   Sapooni
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Fruit & Vegetables    
Potatoes   Patatas
Tomatoes   Domates
Onions   Kremithia
Garlic   Skortha
Cucumber   Angori
Peppers   Piperies
Aubergines   Melitsanes
Courgettes   Kolokithakia
Lemons   Limonia
Oranges   Portokalia
Peaches   Rothakina
Apples   Mila
Grapes   Stafilia
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Accommodation    
Room   Thomatio

House   Spiti
Hotel   Xenothohio
Studio   Garsoniera
Apartment   Thierisma
Single room   Monoglino
Double room   Thiglino
With breakfast   Me proino
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Days    
Day   Mera
Sunday   Kiriaki
Monday   Thevtera
Tuesday   Triti
Wednesday   Tertarti
Thursday   Pempti
Friday   Paraskevi
Saturday   Savato
Week   Evthomatha
Today   Simera
Tomorrow   Avrio
The day after tomorrow Methavrio
Yesterday   Ekthes
The day before yesterday Prokthes
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Months    
Month   Mina
January   Yianoorarios
February   Flevarios
March   Martios
April   Aprilios
May   My-os
June   Yoonios
July   Yoolios
August   Avgoostos
September   Septemvrios
October   Oktovrios
November   Noemvrios
December   Dekemvrios
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Numbers All 'th' pronunciation as in 'This'
One   Ena
Two   Thio
Three   Dria
Four   Tessera
Five   Penday
Six   Exi
Seven   Evta
Eight   Okto
Nine   Enea
Ten   Theka
Eleven   Entheka
Twelve   Thotheka
Thirteen   Theka-dria
Fourteen   Theka-tessera
Fifteen   Thekapenday
Sixteen   Theka-exi
Seventeen   Theka-evta
Eighteen   Theka-okto
Nineteen   Theka-enea
Twenty   Eekossee
Thirty   Drianda
Forty   Saranda
Fifty   Peninda
Sixty   Exinda
Seventy   Evthominda
Eighty   Ogthonda
Ninety   Eneninda
One hundred   Ekaton
One thousand   heelia
One million   Ena
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Emergencies    
Help   Voyeethea
Police   Astinomia
Fire   Forteear
Doctor   Yiatros
Hospital   Nosokomion
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Directions    
Where is..........?   Poo-inay
Right   Thexia
Left   Aristera
Straight on   Thexion
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So you really are serious about learning Greek? This is rather beyond the scope of this page, but you may find the following links useful: EuroTalk Interactive - provide a wide range of CD ROMs. Their beginners Greek is highly recommended for those wishing to learn the basics in an effective and enjoyable manner.
Hellenic Electronic Center (HEC) - offers Greek tutorials and lessons online in both English and Italian versions.
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