It must have occurred to you to come to Greece for holidays and to encounter a salesman that doesn't speak English. Fortunately for the past few years, this is an increasingly rare case. Nevertheless, here are the most basic Greek words that might be of use to you on vacation.

Basic terms: - no - ohi

  • yes - ne
  • please - parakalo
  • thanks - efharisto
  • I do not understand - den katalaveno
  • I do not know - den xero
  • Excuse me - signomi
  • today - simera
  • tomorrow - avrio
  • now - tora
  • left - aristera
  • right - dexia

Greetings: - hello - yasou (if it is addressed to single person)

  • hello - yasas (if it is addressed to an older person or a group of people)
  • Good morning - kalimera
  • Good afternoon and good evening - kalispera
  • Good night - kalinihta
  • How are you - ti kanis (if it is addressed to single person)
  • How are you - ti kanete (if it is addressed to an older person or a group of people)

Emergencies: - police - astinomia

  • doctor - yatros
  • hospital - nosokomio
  • Pharmacy - farmakio
  • medicine - farmako
  • post office - tahidromio
  • telephone - tilefono

Shopping: - Bakery - fournos

  • fresh - fresko
  • bread - psomi
  • milk - gala
  • sparkling water - soda
  • bookstore - vivliopolio
  • bank - trapeza
  • money - lefta
  • size - megetos
  • big - megalo
  • small - mikro
  • cheap - ftino
  • expensive - akrivo