More than footprints?phrasebooks have been lovingly compiled by readers from around the world to arm you with a few words and phrases for your next destination. From basic vocabulary such as 'Yes', 'No' and 'Thank-you', and simple structures like, 'Where is the..?' and 'How much is this?' to the more advanced, 'Are you sure this is a different temple?' and 'Is that a ghost?!'. Enjoy, or as they say in France, 'Cafe au lait!'
Compiled for More than footprints by Kleopatra Kalogeropoulou (Greece)
Pronunciation: It would be impossible to adequately express, in text, the correct pronunciation of the phrases below, so to avoid being misinterpreted by the old woman at the bus stop, break the ice on your next train journey and have a local talk you through the correct pronunciation.
yes - Nai no, thank you - Ochi, eucharisto please - Parakalo thank-you - Eucharisto hello - Herete / Gia goodbye - Antio Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Signomi, mporite na me
voithisete? Excuse me (Sorry) - Signomi Good morning - Kalimera Good afternoon - Kalispera Good evening - Kalispera Good night - Kalinichta How are you? - Pos iste;/ Ti kaneis I'm fine, thanks - Ime kala Do you speak English? - Milate agglika? I don't understand - Den katalaveno What's your name? - Pos se lene? My name is... - Me lene... I'm from... - Ime apo... I'm a... (student) - Ime … (phititis) How do you pronounce this? -
passport - Diavatirio visa - Visa Where is the...? - train station - Stathmos trenou bus station - Stathmos leophoriou bus stop - Stasi leophoriou airport - Aerodromio taxi stand - Stasi taxi gas station - Vensinadiko Where can I get a ticket? - Pou mporo na agoraso ena
issitirio? Can I have a ticket to...? - Ena issitirio gia ….
parakalo? one way/return - Mono pigene / pigene-ela second class - Economy class Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Mporite na mou pite pou
na katevo? Does this bus go to (the town center)? - To leophorio pigeni sto…
(kentro)? Which platform? - Pia apovathra? Which carriage? - Pio vagoni? Which gate? - Pia pili? Is it on time? - Ehi kathisterisi? How long will it be delayed? - Poso tha kathisterisi? car - Autokinito petrol - Venzini oil - Ladia garage - Garaze flat tyre - Eskase to lastiho No, we don't have time to visit your friend's/brother's/uncle's shop - Ochi den echoume kero na
pame stou filou/aderfou/thiou sou to magazi I'm in a hurry. I'm meeting friends at the hotel and I'm already late. - Prepi na sinantiso filous
sto ksenodohio ke eho idi argisi
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Pou ine to
pio kontino internet café Do you have WiFi? - What's the WiFi password? - I want to phone... - Thelo na tilefoniso… Can I check my email? - Mporo na do to email mou? Can I print something? - Mporo na ektiposo kati? How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Poso kostizi
to lepto / e ora? What's the code for (the UK)? - Pios ine o kodikos gia
(Anglia)? The sim-card doesn't work - E karta sim
den doulevi Where can I buy a phone card? - Pou mporo n’agoraso mia
tilekarta? (Always at a “Periptero” in Greece!)
Can I have a single/double room? - Mporo na eho ena
mono/diplo domatio? Can I have a dorm bed? - private bath - Idiotiko banio shared bath - Kino banio How much is it? - Poso kani? Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - Ine pio ftino an mino (5)
vradia? Can I see another room? - Mporo na do kapio alo
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Ena asthenoforo! Call the police! - Kalese tin astynomia! Help! - Voithia! Fire! - Fotia! My (wallet) has been stolen - Kapios eklepse to
(portofoli) mou I'm meeting my husband/wife - Tha sinantiso to ssizigo
mou/ti gineka mou I feel ill - Esthanome arostos diarrhea - Diaria vomitting - Emetos I/My friend needs a - Chriazome ena…/O filos
mou chriazete ena…. doctor - Giatros hospital - Nosokomio chemist - Chimikos dentist - Odontiatros ophthalmologist/optician - Ophthalmiatros/Optikos condoms - Profilaktika contact lenses - Fakous epafis mosquito repellent -Kounoupiera Where is the embassy? - Pou ine I presvia?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Tha ithela ena trapezi
gia ena/dyo atoma Can I order? - Mporo na paragkilo Can I have..? - Mporo na eho ena…? Can I pay? - Na sas pliroso? Cheers! - Gia mas Can I have another..? - Mporo na eho alo ena…? beer - water - I'm a vegetarian - Ime hortofagos I don't eat... - Den troo... I'm allergic to... - Ime alergikos sto...
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - Mporo na eho ena...? How much is it? - Poso kani? Do you take credit cards? - Pernete pistotiki? Where can I change money? - Pou mporo n’alakso
sinalagma? What's the exchange rate today? - Poso ine i sinalagmatiki
isotimia simera? Where is the nearest...? - Pou ine to kontinotero...? What time does the ...open/close? - Ti ora anigi/klini to...? post office - Tahidromio bank - Trapeza travel agency - Taksidiotiko grafio museum - Mousio mosque/temple/synagogue/church - Tzami/Naos/Synagogi/Eklisia shop - Magazi zoo - Zoologikos kipos swimming pool - Pisina beach - Paralia cafe - Kafe restaurant - Estiatorio That's too expensive - Ine poly akrivo Still too expensive - Ke tora ine poly akrivo Do you have anything cheaper? - Ehete kati pio ftino?
Are you sure this is a different temple? - Ise sigouros oti ine diaforetikos naos?! Does anyone know what happened in the football? - Ti egine sto podosfero Is that a ghost?! - Auto ine phantasma?! It says here in the newspaper that back home it's minus five degrees and raining. Hahahahahahaha! - Lei stin efimerida oti spiti ehi mion pente ke vrechei. Hahahahahaha!