Language in Cyprus

Greek Language Guide

Worried about not being understood? Nervous about finding your way around? Not sure about the food? Just flick through the page to find the information you need .Or print this quick-reference guide that will help you make the most of your stay in Cyprus.

The word for Cyprus is Keepros – ΚΥΠΡΟΣ

Everyday Cyprus:

ΑΝΟΙΚΤΟ – aneekto – Open

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΟ – kleesto – Closed

Είσοδος – eesodhos – Entrance

ΕΧΟΔΟΣ – eksodhos – Exit

The Greek alphabet can seem daunting. Capital letters are written differently from lower case letters.

ΟΘΗΣΑΤΕ – otheesate – push

ΕΛΞΑΤΕ – alksate – pull

Opening Hours

Δευτ (Monday)– Τεταρ (Wednesday) – Σαββατο (Saturday)

Τριτη (Tuesday)– Πεμπτη (Thursday) – Παρακευη (Friday)

Shops generally open in the morning (8 am until 2 pm) and again in the evening (5-8 pm). They close in the evening and all day on Sunday. However, in busy tourist areas they usually open all day every day.

A kiosk (pereeptero). These kiosk sell all kinds of things including maps, postcards, stamps, cigarettes, snacks and drinks. They often have a payphone and will give directions periptero3

ΤΑΜΕΙΟ – tameeo – Pay Here

TIMH – Teemee – Price

ΦΑΡΜΑΚΕΙΟ – farmakeio – Pharmacy

ΝΟΣΟΚΟΜΕΙΟ – Hospital

The Greek for hotel is ksenodhokheeo. A guest house is panseeon.

ΤΟΥΑΛΕΤΕΣ – Toilets

Days

Δεθτέρα
dheftera

Monday

Τρίτη
treetee

Tuesday

Τετάρτη
tetartee

Wednesday

Πέμπτη
pemptee

Thursday

Παπασκεύη
paraskevee

Friday

Σάββατο
savato

Saturday

Κυπιακή
keereeakee

Sunday

Months

Ιανουάριος
eeanooareeos

January

Φεβροθάριος
fevrooareeos

February

Μάρτιος
marteeos

March

Απρίλιος
apreeleeos

April

Μάιος
maeeos

May

Ιούνιος
eeooneeos

June

Ιούλιος
eeooleeos

July

Αύγοθστος
avghoostos

August

Σεπτέμβριος
septemvreeos

September

Οκτώβριος
oktovreeos

October

Νοέμβριος
noemvreeos

November

Δεκέμβριος
dhekemvreeos

December

Key Talk

Cypriot people frequently say ‘hello’ and ‘how are you?’. Γεία σου (ya sou), means ‘hi’ and ‘bye’, among friends and young people. The formal or plural ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ is γεία (ya sas). When entering shops etc its rude not to first greet the owner.

Good morning , Καλημέρα , kalee mera

Good night, Καλή νύχτα, kalee neekhta

Good evening, Καλησπέρα, kalee spera

Excuse me/sorry!, Συγνώμη, seeghnomee

Hello/goodbye, Γεία σας, ya sas

Hello, Χαίρετε, kherete

Don’t mention it/please, Παρακαλώ, parakalo

Thank you, Ευχαριστώ , efkhareesto

Tip: always try to speak greek, if only ‘hello/bye’ + ‘thanks’. It will be much appreciated. An easy way to shop is to name what you want and add ‘please’ (parakalo). To attract someone’s attention say (seeghnomee) – excuse me! Don’t be shy about talking to Cypriots if you want to find out something. They love to communicate. Use this guide to learn some basic Greek words and phrases before your trip.

Yes, Ne, Ναι

No, Okhee, Όχι

That’s fine/ok, Endaksee, Εντάξει

Do you have…?, Ekhete…?, Έχετε…;

Do you have any milk?, Ekhete ghala?, Έχετε γάλα;

Do you have fuits?, Ekhete froota?, Έχετε φρούτα;

How much is it?, Poso kanee?, Πόσο κάνει;

Where is/are…?, Poo eene…?, Πού είναι;

Where is the toilet?, Poo eene ee tooaleta?, Πού είναι η τουαλέτα;

I need a taxi, Khreeazome taksee, Χρειάζομαι ταξί

Tip: If you ask a question and the person speaks too fast for you to understand, try πιο σιγά παρακαλώ (pyo seegha parakalo). A young person may well reply in English!!

Can I…?, Boro na…, When?

Pote, How are you?, Tee kanete

Fine, thanks, and you?, Kala, efhkareesto, esees

My name is…, Me lene

What is your name?, Pos sas lene

Do you speak English?, Meelate angleeka

Thank you very much, Sas efkhareesto polee

yesterday, khtes, χτες

today, seemera, σήμερα

tomorrow, avreeo, αύριο

this morning, seemera to proee, σήμερα το πρωί

this afternoon, seemera to apoyevma, σήμερα το απόγευμα

tonight, apopse, απόψε

Tip: It will always be appreciated if you learn even a few phrases of Greek to show goodwill. Most Cypriots will be friendly and patient, and will try to help you even more.

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