Not to be confused with Calamari, from an earlier post. 😉
Today, I thought it would be fun to offer a basic Greek vocabulary lesson. It had been my intention to learn a bit of the language before we embarked on our two-week tour of Greece. Sadly, this old brain refused to cooperate, particularly since the Greek alphabet is completely different. No wonder when people don’t understand something they say “It’s all Greek to me!” Fortunately, most people do speak English there, as it is taught in schools, along with other languages.
The Greek alphabet is the script that has been used to write the Greek language since the 8th century BC. It was derived from the earlier Phoenician alphabet and was in turn the ancestor of numerous other European and Middle Eastern scripts, including Cyrillic and Latin. Apart from its use in writing the Greek language, both in its ancient and its modern forms, the Greek alphabet today also serves as a source of technical symbols in many domains of mathematics, science and other fields. – Wikipedia
Kalimera: Good Morning/Day/Afternoon
Kalispera: Good Evening
Kalinychta: Good Night
Yiamas: To Your Health – a drinking toast.
γειά σου / γειά σας
Yassou / Yassas: Hello or goodbye
singular & familiar / plural & formal
(Many languages have two styles. The familiar for friends and relatives and the formal for strangers)
Efharistó: Thank you
Πού είναι η τουαλέτα
Poú eínai i̱ toualéta?: Where is the bathroom?
πόσο είναι αυτό
Póso eínai af̱tó?: How much is this?
Den katalavaíno̱: I don’t understand
Got all that? LOL I thought so! 😀
A few spoken words, courtesy of Wolter’s World:
Are you interested in other languages? Which ones?
Looking forward to your comments!