When travelling to a foreign country, it is always good to pick up the local language beforehand. Knowing one or two key phrases can aid you in narrowing the language barrier when you are asking for directions, purchasing souvenirs, or ordering food at a restaurant.
In part 1 of our Need-to-know Phrases series, we explore the Greek alphabet.
For English speakers, you are likely to encounter difficulties with Greek. The Greek alphabet does not follow the Latin alphabet, which means you probably can’t decipher letters or words at all without a basic knowledge of the language.
Do not fret. Here is a basic pronunciation guide for some of the commonly used Greek words and phrases you will likely need when travelling in the country.
Hello (Formal, polite, respectful)
Hello (Informal, friendly)
How are you?
Do you speak English
Say: Mee-la-teh Ang-glee-kar
I don’t understand
Say: Ten Kah-tah-lah-vey-noh
Where is the toilet?
Που ειναι η τουαλετα?
Say: Poo Εee-ne Ee Tu-ah-ley-ta?