Greek Conversational Phrases


Teachers of ancient Greek who wish to incorporate some simple phrases into classroom discussion may find some suggestions here. See also Greek Grammar Terms.


Native Language Ancient Greek course:

Biblioteca Arcana:

English-Greek Dictionary, S. C. Woodhouse

Compiled by Lynn Gallogly.

hello/goodbye - χαῖρε, χαίρετε

please - εἰ δοκεῖ

thank you - χαρὶς σοὶ / ὑμῖν

excuse me - συγγνῶθι μοι

yes - ναί

no - οὒ, ἥκιστα

no thank you - ἐπαινῶ

what is your name? - τί ἐστὶ τὸ ὄνομά σου;

how are you? - πῶς ἔχεις;

I am well, unwell - εὖ /καλῶς, κακῶς ἔχω

I (don’t) know - (οὐκ) οἶδα

good luck - τυχὴ ἀγαθή

What happened? - τί ἐγένετο;

health! - ὑγίεια

okay - εὖγε

How can I help? - τὶ δ’οὐ μελλῶ;

What are you looking for? - τί ζητεῖς;

I’m looking for... - ζητῶ ...

I have to/you have to - μοι δεῖ /σοι δεῖ

See to it! - σκόπει /σκοπεῖτε

Let’s read - ἀναγιγνώσκωμεν

I’m reading - ἀναγιγνώσκω

Read! - ἀναγιγνῶθι

Recite! - λέγον

book - ὁ βίβλος

What is it? - τί ἐστί;

who - τἰς;

where - ποῦ;

when - πότε;

why - τί;

how - πῶς;

go (away)! - ἰθι (ἐκποδῶν)

come! - ἄγε, φέρε

Doesn’t it seem to you? - ἦ οὔ σοι δοκεῖ;

Yes, it does - ἐμοὶ γε

oh, wow - τοτοτοῖ

How much does this cost? - πόσον τοῦτο δίδως;

It’s raining - ὕει

It’s sunny - ἐστὶν ἡ αἴθρη

hot, cold - θέρμος, ψυχρός

I’m hungry - πεινῶ

I’m thirsty - διψῶ

I’m tired - ἀποκάμνω

again - αὖθις

quickly - τάχα

slowly - βραδύς

truly - εὐθύς