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Useful Ancient Greek phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Ancient Greek. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person, pl = said to more than one person, m = said by men, f = said by women.

English Ancient Greek
Welcome Ἀσπάζομαι! (Aspázdomai)
Hello Χαῖρε! (Khaíre!) - sg Χαίρετε! (Khaírete!) - pl
How are you?
Fine, thanks, and you?
Τί πράττεις; (Ti prátteis?) - sg / Τί πράττετε; (Ti práttete?) - pl
Πάντ' ἀγαθὰ πράττω, ὦ φίλε. (Pánt' agathá práttō, ō fíle.)
Long time no see Καιρὸς δέ! (Kairós dé!)

What's your name?
My name is ...

Ὄνομα σοι τί ἐστιν; (Ónoma soi tí estin?)
Ὄνομα μοι… (Ónopa moi ...)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Ποδαπὸς εἶ; (Podapós eí?) - sg
Ποδαποί ἐστε; (Podapoí este?) - pl
Ἐκ … ἔρχομαι. (Ek… érkhomai.)
How old are you?

I'm ... years old
Πηλικὸς εἶ; (Pēlikós eí?) - m / Πηλικὴ εἶ; (Pēlikē eí?) - f
Ἔτεα ... γεγονώς (Étea … gegonōs) - m
Ἔτεα ... γεγονυῖα (Étea … gegonuía) - f
Pleased to meet you Σε γιγνώσκων χαίρω. (Se gignōskōn kaírō)
Good morning
Good night
Goodbye
Ὑπίαινε! (Hypíaine!) - sg
Ὑπιαίνετε! (Hypiaínete!) - pl
Good afternoon/evening Χαῖρε! (Khaíre!) Χαίρετε! (Khaírete!)
Good luck ἴθι εὐτθχής! (íthi eutukhēs!)
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day
Χαῖρε πολλά! (Kaíre pollá!)
Bon appetit Τὸ δεῖπνον ἐστ’ ἐπεσκευασμένον
(Tó deípnon est' epeskeuasménon)
Bon voyage ἴθι χαίρων! (íthi khaírōn!)
I understand Ξυνίημι (Ksyníēmi)
I don't understand Οὐ ξυνίημι (Ou ksyníēmi)
Please speak more slowly Βούλει σχολαίτερον λέγειν; (Boúlei skholaíteron légein?)
Please say that again Aὖθις ἐξ ἀρχῆς λέγε, ἀντιβολῶ (Aúthis eks arkhēs lége, antibolō)
Please write it down Μεταγράφε αὐτὸ, ἀντιβολῶ (Metagráfe autó, antibolō)
Do you speak English?
Yes, a little
Ἀγγλιστί λαλεῖς; (Anglistí laleís?)
Ναί, ὀλίγον τι (Naí, olígon ti)
How do you say ... Πῶς λέγω…? (Pōs légō…?)
Excuse me Συγγνωθί μοι (Syngnōthí moi)
How much is this? Πόσον τι; (Póson ti?)
Sorry Συγγνώμην ἔχε (Syngnōmēn ékhe)
Thank you

Response
Ἐπαινῶ (Epainō)
Οὐδὲν διαφέρει (Oudén diaférei)
Would you like to dance with me? Δὸς ὀρχεῖσθαι τοῦτο μετὰ σοί
(Dós orkheísthai toúto metá soí)
I miss you Ποθεινοτέρως ἔχω σοῦ (Potheinotérōs ékhō soú)
I love you Σε φιλῶ (Se filō)
Get well soon Τοὺς θεοὺς εὔχομαί σοι διδόναι ὑγίειαν
(Toús theoús eúkhomaí soi didónai hygíeian)
Leave me alone! Παῦε! (Paúe!)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Ζεῦ σῶσον! (Zdeú sōson!)
Πῦρ! (Púr!)
Παῦε! (Paúe!)
Congratulations! Εὖγε! (Eúge!)
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Καλὰ Χριστούγεννα! (Kalá Khristoúgenna!)
Happy Easter Καλὸν Πάσχα! (Kalón Páskha!)
Happy Birthday Πόλλ’ ἀγαθὰ γένοιτό σοι! (Póll' agathá génoitó soi!)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Τὸ ἀεροπλοῖον ἐμὸν ἐγχελείων πλῆρές ἐστιν
(Tó aeroploíon emón enkheleíōn plērés estin)
One language
is never enough
Μία γλώττα οὐδεπώποτε ἱκανή
(Mía glōtta oudepōpote hikanē)

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