Questions

Greek Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Greek which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. 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.

Questions

Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Greek. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Greek

Questions Greek Audio
How?πώς;
pó̱s?
What?τι;
ti?
When?πότε;
póte?
Where?πού;
poú?
Who?ποιος;
poios?
Why?γιατί;
giatí?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Greek sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Greek Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?Μπορώ να έρθω;
Boró̱ na értho̱?
Can I help you?Μπορώ να σε βοηθήσω;
Boró̱ na se voi̱thí̱so̱?
Can you help me?Μπορείς να με βοηθήσεις;
Boreís na me voi̱thí̱seis?
Do you know her?Την ξέρεις; / Την γνωρίζεις;
Ti̱n xéreis? / Ti̱n gno̱rízeis?
Do you speak English?Μιλάς αγγλικά;
Milás angliká?
How difficult is it?Πόσο δύσκολο είναι;
Póso dýskolo eínai?
How far is this?Πόσο μακρυά είναι;
Póso makryá eínai?
How much is this?Πόσο κοστίζει; / Πόσο κάνει;
Póso kostízei? / Póso kánei?
How would you like to pay?Πώς θα θέλατε να πληρώσετε;
Pó̱s tha thélate na pli̱ró̱sete?
What is this called?Πώς λέγεται αυτό;
Pó̱s légetai af̱tó?
What is your name?Πώς σε λένε;
Pó̱s se léne?
What time is it?Τι ώρα είναι;
Ti ó̱ra eínai?
When can we meet?Πότε μπορούμε να συναντηθούμε;
Póte boroúme na synanti̱thoúme?
Where do you live?Πού μένεις;
Poú méneis?
Who is knocking at the door?Ποιος χτυπά την πόρτα;
Poios chtypá ti̱n pórta?
Why is it expensive?Γιατί είναι ακριβό;
Giatí eínai akrivó?

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Greek, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Greek

Misunderstanding Greek Audio
Can you repeat?Μπορείτε να επαναλάβετε;
Boreíte na epanalávete?
Can you speak slowly?Μπορείτε να μιλήσετε αργά;
Boreíte na milí̱sete argá?
Did you understand what I said?Κατάλαβες τι είπα;
Katálaves ti eípa?
Don't worry!Μην ανησυχείς!
Mi̱n ani̱sycheís!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)Με συγχωρείτε;
Me syncho̱reíte?
How do you say "OK" in French?Πώς λες ΟΚ στα Γαλλικά;
Pó̱s les OK sta Galliká?
I don't know!Δεν ξέρω!
Den xéro̱!
I don't understand!Δεν καταλαβαίνω!
Den katalavaíno̱!
I need to practice my FrenchΤα Γαλλικά μου χρειάζονται εξάσκηση
Ta Galliká mou chreiázontai exáski̱si̱
Is that right?Είναι σωστό;
Eínai so̱stó?
Is that wrong?Είναι λάθος;
Eínai láthos?
MistakeΛάθος
Láthos
My French is badΤα Γαλλικά μου είναι άσχημα
Ta Galliká mou eínai áschi̱ma
No problem!Κανένα πρόβλημα!
Kanéna próvli̱ma!
QuicklyΓρήγορα
Grí̱gora
SlowlyΑργά
Argá
Sorry (to apologize)Συγνώμη
Sygnó̱mi̱
To speakΜιλάω
Miláo̱
What does that word mean in English?Τι σημαίνει αυτή η λέξη στα Αγγλικά;
Ti si̱maínei af̱tí̱ i̱ léxi̱ sta Angliká?
What is this?Τι είναι αυτό;
Ti eínai af̱tó?
What should I say?Τι πρέπει να πω;
Ti prépei na po̱?
What?Τι;
Ti?
What's that called in French?Πώς λέγεται αυτό στα Γαλλικά;
Pó̱s légetai af̱tó sta Galliká?
Write it down please!Γράψτο σε παρακαλώ!
Grápsto se parakaló̱!

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Daily Conversation in Greek

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Greek Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Greek

English Greek Audio
Thisαυτό
af̱tó
Thatεκείνο
ekeíno
Hereεδώ
edó̱
Thereεκεί
ekeí
In The Morningτο πρωί
to pro̱í
In the eveningτο βράδυ
to vrády
At Nightτη νύχτα
ti̱ nýchta
Really!Αλήθεια!
Alí̱theia!
Look!Κοίτα!
Koíta!
Hurry up!Βιάσου!
Viásou!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

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