It’s not ALL Greek to me – getting along with the locals in Greece.

It’s not ALL Greek to me – getting along with the locals in Greece.
2017-07-05

Sailing in foreign climes is both exhilarating and fun. Being able to communicate, even just a little, with the locals can make your experience even more memorable; and the Greeks are always appreciative of anyone who makes an effort. The further afield you go, the more it may be necessary to have a few phrases to communicate with the older generation or the people in more remote areas.

Here is a list of the most useful words and phrases for sailing in Greece; the spelling is phonetic:

Greetings and Salutations

1. Yásas/Ya – Hello/Hi and also Goodbye

2. Kaliméra – Good morning

3. Kaliníchta – Good night

4. Kalós Irthaté – Welcome

5. Kaló sas vríkamé – the answer to welcome (we find you well)

6. Ti kaneté?  - How are you ?

7. Eimé kalá, Isís ? I’m good , and you?

8. Kalá – Good

9. Endáksi – OK/Fine/Whatever

10. Milaté Angliká – Do you speak English?

11. Télos – It’s done!

12. Pollí Oréa – very nice

13. Pos se léne? – What’s your name?

14. Apo pu eisté – Where are you from?

15. Eimé apó….. – I am from…..

16. Óla Kalá? - Is everything ok? This also an answer. Yes everything is ok

17. Then katalavéno – I don’t understand

18. Neh – Yes

19. Óchi – No (the ‘ch’ is soft as in ‘character’)

20. Efharistó – Thank you

21. Parakaló – Please/It’s a pleasure/Excuse me

22. Signómi – sorry/excuse me

23. Na se kalá – may you be well

24. Sigá sigá – slowly/take it easy/there’s no rush but just one SIGA! Is Watch Out!

25. Ávrio – tomorrow

26. Kaló taxídi – Have a good journey

Boating Terms

1. Istiofóro – sailing boat

2. Paní– sail

3. Áeras/Ánemos – wind

4. Limáni – harbour

5. Petréleio – diesel

6. Ládi kinitíra – engine oil

7. Brostá – ahead

8. Písso – astern

9. Simadúra – Buoy

10. Voriá-Anatolí-Nótos-Díssi  -  North-East-South-West

11. Pixítha – compass (‘th’ as in ‘Then’)

12. Hártis – map

13. Kerós– weather

14. Kaló – good 

15. Polí– a lot/many/much/very

16. Vrohí– rain

17. Thálassa – sea

18. Kímata - waves

19.  Liminarhío – Port police

20. Asfáleia – insurance

21. Epikiróno – register

22. Éngrafa skáfous – boat papers

Useful phrases for sailing

1. Parakaló , boró na théso ethó? – (the ‘th’ as in ‘then’)  Can I moor here, please?

2. Póso makriá iné ya ………..how far is it to?

3. Poso kostízi aftó?/ Póso Káni – how much does this cost?

4. Iné Vathía? – is it deep?

5. Parakaló, piáste toh skiní mu…please take my line

6. Pú boró na páro ….where can I get?

7. Parakaló , na plirósso?  Can I pay, please?

8. Pú einé …… - Where is…?

9. Póté - When

10. Ti óra..? – What time..?

Out and about

1. Pú borúmé na fame? – Where can we eat?

2. Ti sinistaté ? – what do you recommend?

3. Tha ithelé ena trapeze ya……. – I would like a table for….

4. Tha ithela na dthó to catalog – I would like to see the menu

5. Tha ithela na parangiló – I would like to order

6. Birá – Beer

7. Lefkó Krassí – white wine

8. Kokkinó Krassí – red wine

9. Glykó – sweet/dessert

10. Tó logarismó, parakaló - The bill, please.

 

Now you are ready to book that charter holiday in Greece and get gabbing!


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