Useful Greek Phrases for Travelers

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Tourist Girl with Greek Flag
Tourist Girl with Greek Flag

Learning these Greek phrases could greatly improve the quality of your trip.

If you are in a greek restaurant and want to say “Bill, please”.

Bill, please: λογαριασμός παρακαλώ (Logariasmós parakaló) (Lo-Gar-Yaz-Mo Para-Ka-Lo)?

Where is the bathroom?: Πού είναι η τουαλέτα (Poh-EE-nay ee tua-LEH-tah)?

Helpful hint: “Poh-EE-nay” means “Where is?” so you can ask for help with locating something by saying this while pointing to a specific location in your guidebook or on a map.

Do you speak English? Μιλάτε αγγλικά (Mee-LAH-teh ag-li-KAH)?

Cheers!: Στην υγειά μας! (STIN-eh YAH-mas)

This literally means “To our health!” If addressing a group of people not including yourself, say “STIN-eh YAH-sas,” which means “To your health!”

Bottoms up! Ασπρο πάτο (AHS-pro PAH-toh)

Meaning literally “white bottom,” if you use this with a new Greek acquaintance, you’ll be sure to impress.

How much is it?: Πόσο κάνει αυτό (POH-soh KAH-nee af-TOH)?

You can get by with asking “POH-soh KAH-nee” (How much?). Adding the “af-TOH” just means “How much is it?”

I don’t understand: Δεν καταλαβαίνω (Then Kah-tah-lah-VEH-noh)

Help! Βοήθεια (voh-EE-thee-yah)

I love Greece: Αγαπώ την Ελλάδα (Ah-gah-POH teen Eh-LAH-tha)

Oops!: Ωπα (OH-pa)

If there’s one Greek word you may have heard before, it’s likely opa. Originally meaning “oops” or “whoops,” it’s now also used frequently as an exclamation of enthusiasm or joy in celebrations or to show appreciation for music, dancing, food, and drinks. For example, when you’ve thoroughly impressed your waiter with your new Greek skills, and he offers you a round of ouzo shots on the house, you can say, “Opa!” in appreciation.


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