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francescool

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Greeks are so open hearted and willing to help you out that you don't need to know many Greek words when visiting Greece, they will try to help you and you will usually find a common understanding. Some basic words that might be helpful to know are...

Thank you = efxaristo
Hello and goodbye = ya
How are you? = ti kaneis?
Good = kala
Where is... = pou eene

I suggest that you check out google translate or some YouTube videos so you can see how to actually pronounce some of these words. It is difficult to understand from the spelling as a non native speaker.
 

k_tsoukalas

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This is perfect! It's nice to speak some Greek while in Greece, even if it is just a little bit.
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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These are good, but for people who can't read Greek, they will still have trouble with this.

i hate to be "that person", but efxaristo is actually efharisto, and ti kaneis should be ti kanees for consistency so people can say/read them.
 
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blopez34

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These are good, but for people who can't read Greek, they will still have trouble with this.

i hate to be "that person", but efxaristo is actually efharisto, and ti kaneis should be ti kanees for consistency so people can say/read them.
You're right. Its very difficult to spell phonetically with English letters. I think only videos will do the trick .
 

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