Cypriot Phrases and Basics

If you have just arrived here, or have been here for a few weeks or months and you need to learn the basic phrases, just to get by, then this is the place to be..

Here are a few Cypriot basics to help you.

English

Translation in Greek

Pronunciation

Yes

Ναι

No

Όχι

Óhi

Please

Παρακαλώ

Parakaló

OK, agreed

Εντάξει

Endáxi

Thank you

Ευχαριστώ

Efharistó

You are welcome

Παρακαλώ

Parakalo

I don’t understand

Δεν Καταλαβαίνω

Den katalavéno

Do you speak English?

Μιλάτε Αγγλικά;

Milate angliká?

Excuse me / I’ m sorry

Με συγχωρείτε / Συγγνώμη

Me sihorite / Signómee

Today

Σήμερα

Símera

Tomorrow

Αύριο

Ávrio

Yesterday

Χθες

Kthes

Now

Τώρα

Tóra

Open

Ανοικτό

Aniktó

Closed

Κλειστό

Kleestó

Hello

Χαίρετε / Γεια σας

Hérete / Yá sas

Goodbye

Αντίο

Andio

Good Morning

Καλημέρα

Kaliméra

Good afternoon

Καλό απόγευμα

Kalo Apogevma

Good evening

Καλησπέρα

Kalispéra

Good night

Καληνύκτα

Kaliníkta

How are you?

Πως είστε;

Pos íste?

Fine and you?

Καλά, εσείς;

Kalá esís?

Nice to meet you

Χαίρω Πολύ

Hero Poli

What is your Name?

Πώς σε λένε

Pos se lene

My name is…

Με λένε…

Me léne…

I don’t know

Δεν ξέρω

Den kséro

Let’s go

Πάμε

Páme

Enjoy your meal

Καλή όρεξη

Kalí óreksi

Cheers!

Γεια μας!

Yá mas!

How much is…?

Πόσο κάνει…;

Póso káni?

It is expensive

Είναι ακριβό

Íne akrivó

It is cheap

Είναι φτηνό

Íne ftinó

It is good

Είναι καλό

Íne kaló

It is nice

Είναι ωραίο

Íne oréo

What is that?

Τι είναι αυτό;

Ti íne aftó?

I need help

Θέλω βοήθεια

Thélo voíthia

What time is it?

Τί ώρα είναι

Ti ora ine

Where am I?

Πού είμαι

Pou ime

Help

Βοήθεια

Voithia

Need more phrases? Need to know to ask for directions or even to tell someone you want ONE of something? These will certainly help you out…

English Phrase GreEnglish Phrase Cypriot Phrase

Transport

What   time does the XYZ leave/arrive?  ti   ora fevyi/ftani to XYZ?
Plane  aeroplano
Boat  karavi
Car Aftokinito Αυτοκίνητο
Bus  astiko
Train  treno
Taxi  taksi Ταξί
I’d   like..  tha   ithela
A   return ticket  isitirio   me epistrofi
First   class  proti   thesi

Directions and Places

How   do I get to.?  pos   tha pao sto/sti.?
Where   is..?  pou   ine..?
Is it   near?  ine   konda?
Straight   ahead  efthia
Left  aristera Αριστερά
Right  dexia Δεξιά
Behind  piso
Long Makrino Μακρινό
Short Kondino Κοντινό
Up Pano Πάνω
Down Kato Κάτω
Far Makria Μακριά
Near Konda Κοντά
 Beach Paralia Παραλία
Sea Thalassa Θάλασσα

Accommodation

Where   is.?  pou   ine..?
I’d   like..  thelo   ena ..
A   good hotel  kalo   xenodohio
Single  mono
Double  dhiplo
Room  dhomatio
How   much is it?  poso   kani?
Is   breakfast included?  symberilamvani   ke pro-ino?
May I   see it?  boro   na to dho?
 Hotel  Ksenodohio  Ξενοδοχείο

Time

What   time is it?  ti   ora ine?
It’s  ine
1   o’clock  mia i   ora
7:30  efta   ke misi
today  simera
tonight  apopse
now  tora
yesterday  hthes
tomorrow  avrio

Food

Breakfast  pro-ino
Lunch  mesimvrino
Dinner  vradhyno
Bread  psomi
Beer  byra
Cheese  tyri
Chicken  kotopoulo
Milk  ghala
Water  nero
Tea  tsai
Restaurant  Estiatorio  Εστιατόριο
Bar Baraki Μπαράκι

Numbers

0 Μηδέν Miden
1  Ένα enas   (m) mia (f) ena (n)
2  Δύο dhio
3  Τρία tris   (m&f) tria (n)
4  Τέσσερα teseris   (m&f) tesera (n)
5  Πέντε pende
6  Έξι eksi
7  Εφτά efta
8  Οκτό ohto
9  Εννιά enia
10  Δέκα dheka

This next section provides you with an introduction to Basic Greek  which includes the Greek alphabet (you will thank us later), weekdays, months names and a few other phrases to help you out.

Greek Alphabet

Letters

Greek   Pronunciation

Α

Alpha

Β

Beta

Γ

Gamma

Δ

Delta

Ε

Epsilon

Ζ

Zita

Η

Ita

Θ

Thita

Ι

Yiota

Κ

Kapa

Λ

Lamda

Μ

Mi

Ν

Ni

Ξ

Ksi

Ο

Omikron

Π

Pi

Ρ

Ro

Σ

Sigma

Τ

Taf

Υ

Ipsilo

Φ

Fi

Χ

Hi

Ψ

Psi

Ω

Omega

Days of the Week

English Greek Greek Pronunciation
Monday Δευτέρα Deftera
Tuesday Τρίτη Triti
Wednesday Τετάρτη Tetarti
Thursday Πέμπτη Pempti
Friday Παρασκευή Paraskevi
Saturday Σάββατο Savato
Sunday Κυριακή Kiriaki

 

Months of the Year

English Greek Greek Pronunciation
January Ιανουάριος Genaris
February Φεβρουάριος Fevraris
March Μάρτιος Martis
April Απρίλιος Aprilis
May Μάιος Mais
June Ιούνιος Iounis
July Ιούλιος Ioulis
August Αύγουστος Avgoustos
September Σεπτέμβριος Septevris
October Οκτόμβριος Oktovris
November Νοέμβριος Noemvris
December Δεκέμβριος Dekemvris

and now that you have master that..here’s some other important words / phrases that you may need

English  Greek  Greek Pronunciation
Police Αστυνομία Astinomia
Fire brigade Πυροσβεστική Pirosvestiki
Hospital Νοσοκομείο Nosokomio
Ambulance Ασθενοφόρο Asthenoforo
Airport Αεροδρόμιο Aerodromio
Port Λιμάνι Limani
Passport Διαβατήριο Diavatirio
Identity Card Ταυτότητα Taftotita
Shop Κατάστημα Katastima
Church Εκκλησία Eklisia
Bus λεωφορειο Leoforio
Bus Stop Στάση λεωφορειο Stasi Leoforiou
Pharmacy Τράπεζα Trapeza
Museum Μουσείο Mousio
Bank Τράπεζα Τράπεζα
Road Δρόμος Dromos
Toilets Τουαλέτα Toualeta
Water Νερό Nero
Food Φαγητό Fagito
Mountain Βουνό Vouno
Valley Κοιλάδα Kilada
Map Χάρτης Hartis

 

(Sources for the above include Cyprus Island.net and Cyprus.com)