Present Tense

Greek Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Greek. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Greek Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Greek, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Greek

Present Greek Audio
I see youΣε βλέπω
Se vlépo̱
I write with a penΓράφω με στυλό
Gráfo̱ me styló
You love applesΣου αρέσουν τα μήλα
Sou arésoun ta mí̱la
You give moneyΔίνεις λεφτά / χρήματα
Díneis leftá / chrí̱mata
You play tennisΠαίζεις τέννις
Paízeis ténnis
He reads a book(Αυτός) διαβάζει ένα βιβλίο
(Af̱tós) diavázei éna vivlío
He understands me(Αυτός) με καταλαβαίνει
(Af̱tós) me katalavaínei
She has a cat(Αυτή) έχει μία γάτα
(Af̱tí̱) échei mía gáta
She knows my friend(Αυτή) ξέρει τον φίλο μου / Αυτή ξέρει την φίλη μου
(Af̱tí̱) xérei ton fílo mou / Af̱tí̱ xérei ti̱n fíli̱ mou
We want to learnΘέλουμε να μάθουμε
Théloume na máthoume
We think Spanish is easyΠιστεύουμε ότι τα Ισπανικά είναι εύκολα
Pistév̱oume óti ta Ispaniká eínai éf̱kola
You (plural) work hereΕσείς δουλεύετε εδώ
Eseís doulév̱ete edó̱
You (plural) speak FrenchΕσείς μιλάτε γαλλικά
Eseís miláte galliká
They drive a carΟδηγούν ένα αμάξι / αυτοκίνητο
Odi̱goún éna amáxi / af̱tokíni̱to
They smileΧαμογελούν


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Greek

Heart attackκαρδιακή προσβολή
kardiakí̱ prosvolí̱
Help meβοηθήστε με
voi̱thí̱ste me
Stomach acheστομαχόπονος


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Daily Conversation in Greek

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Greek Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Greek

Are you okay?είσαι καλά;
eísai kalá?
Call a doctor!κάλεσε ένα γιατρό!
kálese éna giatró!
Call the ambulance!κάλεσε ασθενοφόρο!
kálese asthenofóro!
Call the police!φώναξε την αστυνομία!
fó̱naxe ti̱n astynomía!
Calm down!Ηρέμησε!
I feel sickΑισθάνομαι αρρώστος / άρρωστη
Aisthánomai arró̱stos / árro̱sti̱
It hurts hereΜε πονάει εδώ
Me ponáei edó̱
It's urgent!Είναι επείγον
Eínai epeígon
Where is the closest pharmacy?Πού βρίσκεται το πλησιέστερο φαρμακείο;
Poú vrísketai to pli̱siéstero farmakeío?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Είσαι πολύ ωραία!
Eísai polý o̱raía!
You have a beautiful nameΈχεις ωραιο όνομα
Écheis o̱raio ónoma
This is my wifeΑυτή είναι η σύζυγός μου
Af̱tí̱ eínai i̱ sýzygós mou
This is my husbandΑυτός είναι ο σύζυγός μου
Af̱tós eínai o sýzygós mou

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Greek about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Greek Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Greek homepage.

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