Yes/No/Ok in Greek should be the first Google search you make before heading to Greece. Why? Can you think of more basic words to learn than these ones in a new language?
Knowing how to say a few words like “yes”, “no,” and “OK”, along with some variations of these words, can be truly life savers. Not only will you be able to express yourself much better and be able to answer straightforward questions in the local language, you have the bonus of scoring a few points with the other person if you show that you’ve taken an interest in learning their language. It is basically a win-win situation.
There are several more words you can learn that will help you during your travels. I know that by simply learning these terms you’ll not be able to have a full conversation in Greek, but you have to start somewhere, right?
If, after this article, you feel that you want to learn more about Greek, then you can always visit our blog, where we explore several topics around the Greek language to help you navigate this ancient culture, such as how to introduce yourself, or some useful Greek travel phrases.
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In the meantime, let’s get back to Earth for a second and take our first steps into this ancient language.
Yes/No/Ok In Greek
How To Say Yes In Greek
If you get asked the question Θέλετε κι άλλο μουσακά; (Thélete ki állo mousaká? – Do you want more moussaka), the only acceptable answer is “Yes!”. But how to say that in Greek? Use the Greek word Ναί (Naí – Yes) to answer affirmatively to this question. Here’s an example:
Person 1: Σου αρέσει το φαγητό? (Sou arései to fagitó? – Do you like the food?)
Person 2: Ναί. Είναι νόστιμο! (Naí. Eínai nóstimo! – Yes. It is delicious!)
How To Say No In Greek
If, in a complete moment of craziness, you decide to say that you don’t want more Moussaka, the word you should use is Οχι (Ochi – No). Here’s an example:
Person 1: Δεν θέλετε να πάτε σήμερα; (Den thélete na páte símera? – Do you want to go today?)
Person 2: Όχι, πάμε αύριο.(Óchi, páme ávrio. – No, let’s go tomorrow)
How To Say Ok In Greek
Another word that is very simple but also very important in your daily routine in Greece is the word Ok. Although if you use this same word in its English form you will be understood. Another word you can use is Εντάξει (Entáxei – Okay) to express agreement with the other person. This option is wordier, but it will definitely show others your expertise in this language! If you don’t want to memorize one more Greek Word, then just use the English Word, and you’ll get along just fine!
Other Useful Greek Words And Phrases
Here are a few basic Greek phrases that will help you during your visit to Greece.
Example Scenarios – Conversations In Greek
Let’s now have a look at some examples of conversations where you can use these simple words to communicate with someone in Greek.
|Person 1: Hello! Person 2: Hi! How are you? Person 1: I’m good. How about you? Person 2: I’m good too. Is this plate of pancakes for you? Person 1: Yes! I’m so hungry!||Person 1: Γεια σας! (Geia sas!) Person 2: Γεια! Πώς είσαι; (Geia! Pós eísai?) Person 1: Είμαι καλά. Εσυ ΠΩΣ ΕΙΣΑΙ? (Eímai kalá. Esy POS EISAI?) Person 2: Κι εγώ είμαι καλός. Είναι αυτό το πιάτο με τηγανίτες για εσάς; (Ki egó eímai kalós. Eínai aftó to piáto me tiganítes gia esás?) Person 1: Ναι! Είμαι τόσο πεινασμένος! (Nai! Eímai tóso peinasménos!)|
|Person 1: Are you okay? You seem hurt. Person 2: No. I fell on the sidewalk and hurt my knee. Person 1: Do you want me to call an ambulance? Person 2: Yes please. Thank you.||Person 1: Είσαι καλά; Φαίνεσαι πληγωμένος. (Eísai kalá? Faínesai pligoménos.) Person 2: Όχι. Έπεσα στο πεζοδρόμιο και πόνεσα το γόνατό μου. (Óchi. Épesa sto pezodrómio kai pónesa to gónató mou.) Person 1: Θέλετε να καλέσω ένα ασθενοφόρο; (Thélete na kaléso éna asthenofóro?) Person 2: Ναι παρακαλώ. Ευχαριστώ. (Nai parakaló. Efcharistó.)|
|Person 1: Are you in the line for the movie? Person 2: No, I’m not! But my friend here is. Person 3: Oh, Okay! Thank you.||Person 1: Είστε στη γραμμή για την ταινία; (Eíste sti grammí gia tin tainía?) Person 2: Όχι, δεν είμαι! Αλλά ο φίλος μου είναι εδώ. (Óchi, den eímai! Allá o fílos mou eínai edó.) Person 3: Ω, εντάξει! Ευχαριστώ. (O, entáxei! Efcharistó.)|
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