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Polite Expressions

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had a lovely summer.  The blog is back with lots of exciting and useful tips for communicating in Greek.  For this entry I will provide some useful expressions of politeness that are used in a variety of contexts.  As you can see further down I provide the expressions in standard Greek as well as in the dialect since it is the latter that is more often used.  I hope you find them useful.

Standard Greek

Greek-Cypriot Dialect

Meaning in English

Καλημέρα (kalimera)

Καλημέρα (kalimera)

Good morning

τι κάνεις; (ti kanis)

είν να που καμνείς; (in na pou kamnis)

How are you?

Χαίρω πολύ (hairo poly)

Χαίρω πολύ (hairo poly)

Pleased to meet you

Καλωσορίσατε (kalosorisate)

Καλωσορίσατε (kalosorisate)

Welcome

Καλώς σας βρήκαμε (kalos sas vrikame)

Καλώς σας βρήκαμε (kalos sas vrikame)

Reply (Good to find you here)

Κοπιάστε (kopiaste)

Κοπιάστε (kopiaste)

Come and join us (people use this when they are eating and invite you to join them)

Ευχαριστώ πολύ (euxaristo poly)

Ευχαριστώ πολλά (euxaristo polla)

Thank you very much

Ευχαριστώ για τη φιλοξενία (euxaristo gia ti philoxenia)

Ευχαριστώ για τη φιλοξενία (euxaristo gia ti philoxenia)

Thanks for the hospitality

Πέρασα θαυμάσια (Perasa thaumasia)

Επέρασα θαυμάσια (Perasa thaumasia)

I had a marvelous time

Χάρηκα που σε είδα ξανά (Harika pou se eida ksana)

Χάρηκα που σε είδα ξανά (Harika pou se eida ksana)

Pleased to have seen you again

Μη χανόμαστε (Mi hanomaste)

Όϊ να χαθούμε (Οi na hathoume)

Let us keep in touch (Literally, “let us not lose each other”)

Συγχαρητήρια (Sigharitiria)

Συγχαρητήρια (Sigharitiria)

Congratulations

Να ζήσετε/ να σας ζήσουν (na zisete/na sas zisoun)

Να ζήσετε/ να σας ζήσουν (na zisete/na sas zisoun)

Used in weddings and other ceremonies (may you live long)/ the second part is used when addressing the parents of the couple whilst the first the couple itself)

Γειά μας (gia mas)

Εις υγείαν/ Γειά μας (Eis ygian/ gia mas)

Cheers

Χρόνια πολλά (Hronia polla)

Χρόνια πολλά (Hronia polla)

Happy birthday/name-day

Καλή χρονιά (Kali xronia)

Καλή χρονιά (Kali xronia)

Happy new year

And remember, you do not need to learn the dialect but it helps if you understand it.

Speak to you soon

Marios

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