June 13, 2005

Survival phrases in Greek(slightly altered by me)

Writing about web page http://www.transparent.com/languagepages/greek/FSGreek.htm

Whenever you see the letter "i" it is pronounced like "ee" like in "tea"
whenever "e" alone pronounce it as e high which sounds like "ae" as in "Aegian"
Whenever you try to pronounce the letter "h" try to aspire it like it is arabic like in the word "hero"
Capital letters give you the hint to raise your tone.

Basic phrases

ne. Yes.

Ohee. No.

parakaLO. Please.

efhariSTO. Thank you.

parakaLO. You're welcome.

siGNOmee. Excuse me.

siGNOmee. I am sorry.

kaliMEra. Good morning.

kaliSPEra. Good evening.

kaliNIhta. Good night.

Phrases for Meeting and Greeting

miLAte angliKA? Do you speak English?

miLAee kaNIS aPO eSAS angliKA? Does anyone here speak English?

eGO miLO MOno LEEgo eliniKA. I only speak a little Greek.

pos se LEne? What is your name?

to ONoma moo EEne FLOra. My name is Flora.

tee KAnis? How are you?

EEme kaLA, efhariSTO. I'm fine, thank you.

HEro poLEE ya tee gnoriMIa. I am very glad to meet you.

den katalaVEno. I don't understand.

tee EEpate? What did you say?

boRIte na miLAte LEEgo pio aRGA? Can you speak more slowly?

katalaVEno poLEE kaLA. I understand perfectly.

Dialog

Mrs. gianoPOUlou: kaliMEra. miLAte angliKA?
Good morning. Do you speak English?
Store Clerk: leePAme, aLA den miLO angliKA.
I'm sorry, I do not speak English.
Mrs. gianoPOUlou: distiHOS, eGO miLO MOno LEEga enliniKA.
Unfortunately, I only speak a little Greek.
Store Clerk: den peeRAzee. sas katalaVEno.
That's all right. I understand you.


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  1. This is very nice and quite useful too.

    13 Jun 2005, 12:33


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