We’ve written about this before, but figured now is a timely reminder because with the show airing in Australia we’ve had a few people asking if they need to speak Greek to get the most out of a holiday there.
During the making of My Greek Odyssey, we noticed that the more remote the island, and often the older the people we meet, the less English that’s spoken. For tourists this can make things a little tricky when trying to find your way around, or when wanting to be courteous. In the cities or amongst the youth, you’re never really going to have any issues, because the majority of folks speak at least a small amount of English. But venture into the smaller villages and faraway isles and things are very different. By no means am I suggesting that you can’t have a great time in these places without speaking Greek, however a few simple phrases will not only make life a little easier, but it also shows you’re embracing a bit of the local culture, which is always going to be appreciated.
Below is a list of key phrases that are used on an almost daily basis. Try learning them before your holiday to Greece. The non-Greek crew from My Greek Odyssey also have them on a piece of paper in their back pockets. By the end of most trips they’re almost fluent….well, at least with these few words anyway!
How are you?
Ti kanis? tee-KAH-nis
Poli kala po-LEE kah-LAH
You’re welcome / please
Do you speak English?
Milas Anglika? mee-LAHS Ang-lee-KAH?
Pou ine? POO EE-neh
How much is it?
Poso kani poh-soh KAH-nee