Greek Phrases

Acropolis, photo by Danielle Smit

Are you looking to visit Greece soon or just want to learn some Greek phrases? then this post is definitely for you. We gathered all the beautiful Greek words and Phrases in one post.

Before we jump in directly into Greek phrases, we are going to answer some of your questions regarding Greek words and Greek phrases. What is the Greek word for power? It is “Εξουσία” pronounced as “Exousía”

  • How do I say I love you in Greek?  ” Σε αγαπάω” pronounced as “Se agapáo”
  • What would be the word for fire?  “Φωτιά” pronounced as “Fotiá”
  • How is Thank you in Greek?  “Σε ευχαριστώ” pronounced as “Se efcharistó”
  • How can I say Hello? “Γειά σου” pronounced as “Geiá sou”
STEGI in Athens Greece, photo from @alex_tsl

Another reader had an amazing question of what does Meraki or “Μεράκι” in Greek means. So Meraki is putting all of your love and effort into something that has also a lot of meaning to you, in order to do something with Meraki it means that you have a strong desire to do it and of course that you are getting a lot of pleasant feelings when you are actually doing it.

A few more Greek Phrases:

  • How is Goodbye in Greek? “Αντίο” pronounced as “Αdío”
  • How can we say Life? “Ζωή” pronounced as “Ζoí”

Simple words are “Ναί” pronounced “Ne” which means Yes, “Δύναμη” which means “Strength”, “Γή” which means “Earth” and “Ήλιος” which means “Sun”

There were many of you that were interested to know what does “OPA” means. A common Greek expression that is frequently used in Celebrations such as weddings and big gatherings of traditional Greek music(often accompanied with some plate smashing), it is a way of expressing joy and could have another meaning in the everyday interactions. In those could also be used as a gentle way to say to someone to stop on a specific context.

Take a look also at the below Greek phrases and words that we gathered for you that could be proved useful on your trip!

  • Water: “Nero”
  • Wine: “Krasi”
  • Drink: “Poto”
  • What is your name: “Poseh Lene”
  • How are you? Ti kanis, if you are good then you say “Kala” if you are not feeling good “Etsi kayetsi”
  • Please: “Parakalo”
  • Sea: “Thalassa”

Facts about the Greek Language: It has the longest documented history for more than three thousand years of records, written evidence was found between 1450 and 1350 before Christ making it the world’s oldest living language. There are not a lot of speakers though, bad for us, we are only 13.4 Million.

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