Little Greek Lexicon ☼

Anoula’s travel notebook.

The official language in Crete is Greek, the translation English-Greek you will find below, is just a phonetic translation of the Greek language.
Before leaving, I advise you to familiarize with the Greek Alphabet, it is very useful, cause you will find many transparent words.
For example : the word ‘sandwich’ in Greek, if you don’t know the Greek alphabet, it won’t be possible for you to recognise the word, but if you know the Alphabet, the word will appear to you naturally and without any effort!

Little everyday words:

yes nai
no ochi
hello kalimera
good evening kalispera
good night kalinikhta
hi yassou
good bye athîo
please parakalo
thank you efkharisto
sorry signomi
I’m French (Male) / French (Female). Imé ghalos / ghalida.
Do you speak French? Milatè ghalika ?
I don’t understand Greek. Then katalavéno ta hellinika

To go a bit further:

My name is… Mé léné…
How are you? (sg) Ti Kanis ?
How are you? (pl) Ti kanété ?
Fine. kala
How much is it? Posso kani ?
A bier, please. Mia bira parakalo.
The bill, please. To logariasmo parakalo.
red wine kokino krasi
white wine aspro krasi
Where is it? Pou inè ?
right dhéksia
left aristera
straight ahead efthia
a room, please Ena dhomatio parakalo
What time is it? Ti ora inè ?



1 éna 6 eksi 20 ikossi 70 evdhominda
2 dhio 7 efta 30 trianda 80 oghdhonda
3 tria 8 ochto 40 saranda 90 énéninda
4 tessera 9 énia 50 péninda 100 ékato
5 pendé 10 dhéka 60 eksinda

Week days:


Monday deftera today simera
Tuesday triti tomorrow avrio
Wednesday tetarti yesterday chtès
Thursday pemptio morning proï
Friday paraskevi noon mésiméri
Saturday savato evening vradhi
Sunday kiriaki night nikta

Be careful, when Greek people say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ they do movements which are hard to understand: to say ‘no’, they raise their head and their eyes up to the sky. To say ‘yes’, they tilt their head slightly.