You know how we English speakers say " It's Greek to me"? Well, Greeks say "It's Chinese to me"
There are many good texts on the Demotic (modern) Greek language. This guide is only intended to offer you the basics necessary to enhance you trip. I figure if you really want to learn Greek, you'll go out and find a book (try the public library) or one of the many good pocket size phrase books available.
In Greece in general, and on maps and street signs, place names are spelled differently by everybody including me... its a long story having to do with different conquerors trying to label things. A little bit of each language is left over. When not sure people guess how to spell things... its so darn hot!
Greeks are totally used to foreigners and don't really expect you to speak Greek but you'll have a better time if you know even a little. Just print this out and use it when you need it!
Many signs that you'll see are in both latin alphabet and Greek. They will help you figure out relationships between the alphabets. There are some letter combinations in upper case that are pronounced differently as well as single letters that are pronounced differently than the English; NT=D, B=V for example. A "g" is an upside down" L", an "L" is an upside down V, . A "th" sound is a O with a small horizontal bar in the middle of it.
A semicolon; is a question mark in Greek, they put periods where we would put commas in writing sums.
|Water||Ne-rho||First class||Pro-tos The-si-os||No||O-hee|
|Hello||Ya-sou||Second class||Def-ter-os The-si-os||Shit||Skata|
|Good Bye||Ya-sou||Third Class||Tri-ti The-si-os||Jerk off||Ma-la-kas|
|Good Evening||Kali-spera||My name is||Me lene ______.||Fuck off||A ghamesou|
|Good Night||Kali-neek-ta||What's your name?||Pos-se lene||Fuck them||ghameesetous|
|How are you?||Tee-caneese||I have a boyfriend||Eh-Ho Fee-lo||one||en-ne|
|How are you? Plural||Ti ka-ne-te||I am not free(f)||Then ei-me elef-ther-ee||two||thee-o|
|How much is it?||Po-so ka-ni||Leave me alone(f)||A-se me e-se-hi||Three||tree-a|
|Where is it?||Pou e-ne to||Help||Vo-eeth-ia||Four||te-se-ra|
|Beach||Plage||I want that||Thelo afto||Six||ex-ee|
|Bank||E Tra-pe-za||I want a little||Thelo le-gha-kee||Seven||ep-ta|
|Bus||to Le-o-for-ee-o||What is that?||Ti eine afto||Eight||oc-to|
|Station||Stath-mo||I don't want||Den thelo||Ten||De-ka|
|Port/Harbor||Li-ma-ni||Let's go||Pa-me||ass hole||kathekee|
|Ticket||E-ci-ti-ree-o||I want to leave||Thelo na fi-gho|
|Train||to Tre-no||I don't feel well||Den es-tha-nou-me Ka-la|