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    Modern Greek begins to be taught as a foreign language for
    reasons ... not philological, but purely for making a living and for
    surviving. Various
    methods and handbooks are necessary.

    It's Greek to me

    It is a fact -pleasant and encouraging - that there has recently been a broader interest by foreigners and others (greek communities abroad, Russian-Pontians of Greek origin, people of Northern Epirus, a.o.) to learn Greek; to learn the modern Greek language that is spoken in Greece. In the Balkan countries, the Greek language is being taught more and more - and more than any other Balkan language. Many Europeans (people working for the European Union, tourists, educators, a.o.) of the EU country members select Greek among the so called "small languages" of the Union as a language to learn. People of Eastern Europe show a strong interest. Members of Greek communities abroad and people of Greek origin (especially in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, etc.) seek their linguistic roots -often also identity- through the Greek language. In Albania, in Yugoslavia, Skopje, Bulgaria, Rumania the number of people (young as well as middle aged) trying to learn Greek is rapidly increasing.

    And of course there are many thousands of Russian-Pontians returning to Greece who, coming home, seek to speak the greek language as soon as possible. Same goes for the people of Northern Epirus (for those who didn't learn Greek in their regions) and for the thousands of Albanians who are working in Greece. Also the Polish and the people from Pakistan, and the Kurds, and the workers from Georgia and from the Philippines; they are all trying to ameliorate their status (and their income) by learning Greek. Books about learning Greek are being reprinted multiple times in order to cover world wide demand (US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Russia, etc.)

    All this shows that we as a country should be deeply concerned about the major issue of the spreading and the projection of the modern Greek language and with what such a projection may lead to on a national, cultural, political and social level. What follows is a short list of useful Greek words and phrases for non-speakers who wish to acquire some basic communication skills in Greek.

    For any comments on this list please send email to

    Miscellaneous Basic Words / Phrases

    Please note that we have spelled the words in the Latin and not Greek alphabet.
    The spelling is therefore purely phonetic. The bold letters denote where the accent should be.

    Greek English
    Ego I or Me
    Esi You
    Aftos / Afti He / She
    Ya Hi or Bye depending on context
    Efxaristo Thank you
    Parakalo You're welcome
    Kalimera Good morning
    Kalinichta Good night
    Pame Let's go
    Then katalaveno I don't understand
    Ti kanis How are you
    Fayito Food
    Nero Water
    Pou Where
    Resta Change (money)
    Spiti Home
    Aftokinito Car
    Kalo Good

    Some of these words have been put on this list more for the fun of it and less for their actual usefulness. It is left to the user's discretion to determine which is which.

    Words you may hear, but shouldn't need to use

    Greek English Elaborate
    Ellada , Ellas Greece No comment
    Nisia Islands Some one is probably making plans for the summer.
    Evropi Europe You know, Europeans and all, we use this word a lot.

    Following are some non-Greek words that are nevertheless either commonly used by Greeks or most Greeks will understand. This list is by no means complete.

    International words that will be understood in Greece

    Word Reason
    Taxi Same word. Only difference is in the accent (Taxi), but that's ok.
    Club, Night Club Same word.
    High / Low Quite often used in modern expressions.
    Help People will most probably understand that.
    Country names Universal?
    Hotel, room Very commonly encountered on signs.
    Cool (as in: You are) Pretty common modern expression
    Live Pretty common. Used to describe an event or a broadcast.
    Happening(s) Often replaces its Greek counterpart when wanting to describe cool things that take place in e.g. night clubs.
    Parking Same word.
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