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Learn Greek (Part 1)

It is nice to be greeted & spoken to in your language, so we decided to upload some words in Greek for using them whenever appropriate.We hope you enjoy them and .. efcharisto* for visiting our post!

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Kalimera – Have a good day!

We are introducing one of the most common used Greek words. 

K A L I M E R A !!!

"Kalimera" means "Good day!" or "Good morning!" It comes from kali or kalo, meaning beautiful or good, and mera, from "imera," meaning "day." Just repeat it back to whoever has greeted you, and you've successfully spoken Greek.

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Efcharisto – Thank you

"Efcharisto" means "thank you" and if you would like to be even more polite, you may add "Efcharisto poly" which means "thank you very much"! Repeat it a couple of times until you are ready to use it comfortably. 

Everyone appreciates a thank you in their language!

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Me sinchorite – Excuse me

"Me sin-cho-ri-te" is a very common and polite phrase, meaning "Pardon" or "Excuse me" or "Forgive me"

It can be used when you do an accidental movement, spill coffee or similar or when you would like to ask or state something.

Examples:

a. Με συγχωρείτε ! Τι ώρα είναι; [Me sinchorite! Ti ora ine?]

Excuse me!What time is it?

b. Με συγχωρείτε, δε μιλάω ελληνικά. [Me sinchorite, de milao elinika]

Excuse me!I do not speak Greek

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Kalo Mina – Happy New Month

"Kalo Mina" (or Kalo Mena) is a Greek greeting, used traditionally on the first day of each month.

It literally mans 'Happy Month' and it has its origins in ancient times.

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Yassou – Hi

Yasou" is a very commonly used phrase, used as a greeting (Hi). It roughly means 'Your health' and some times (less frequently) it can be used as a toast when drinking Cretan raki (aka tsikoudia). "Yassas" is considered to be more respectful greeting, usually used when addressing an older person or a honored guest. "Yamas" literally means "to our health" and is mostly used in the context of drinking.

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  1. Excellent post! Efharisto poly 🙂

    PS One thing: I’d be careful about using ‘ch’ to represent χ, as in English it is nearly always pronounced like in ‘cheese’, and you might be responsible for some very strange mispronunciations! 🙂




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