The Lingo – Basic Course

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The Lingo, Basic Course

A quick crash course
We thought you might appreciate a quick crash course in the basics of the local lingo, which is a sort of slang Greek, aka ‘Horthkatika’ which is literally ‘Village Greek’.  Most of the locals speak English but they love it if you make an effort to speak their language.  We do it in English phonetics, so just read in English and speak Greek … Simples! … oh and don’t take it too seriously 😉

Hi, Hello, ByeYas’sou (Yia)
PluralYas’sazz (Yia)
Good day Galli’mer’rah
Good nightGali-nick'tah
TodaySim’mer’rah
TonightBop’seh
TomorrowAv’rion
Hows' it going?Boss B’eye'z?
Best Friend (male)Goumb’bar’ro
Best Friend (female)Goum’errah
Ok, alrightEn’daxi
Very wellBoh'lee Gallah
AwesomeDeh'lee'on
Where are you going?Bou B’eye’z?
PubBee’rah’ria
One beerMia Bee’rah
Two beersTheo Bee’rez
If you please, PleaseShe bara’gal’oh
Thank you Eff-harry’stoh
Three, FourDrie’ah, dess’erah
Five, Sixbendeh, sexey
Seven, Eightef’tah, ock’tou
Nine, Tenen’yah, theh’kah
BeersBeer’rezz
Where am I?Bou ee’meh
DrunkMeh’iz’menoz
We had a laugh !Eh yell’ass’amen!
I'm lost !Eh hath’iega
TaxiTaxi (as always)
LeftArris’ter’rah
RightThek’see’ah
StraightEee’shah
ForwardEf’thia
Do you understand ?Gad’ah’lavies?
I don't understand !Then Gad’ah’lavoh
You are or Are you?Ee’seh! or Ee’seh?
Merchant Banker !Mal’lak’ah
Hurry up mate, Yeh SureHad’deh Reh
I'm in a hurryVia’zou’meh
Do you know ?Ex’ereh’deh?
Where is the ...?Bou e’neh doh?
FootballMap’ahh
LavatoryTou’allet’ta
KeyGlee’thee
SeaThal’lass’ah
HarbourLim’ana’ki
RestaurantEs’tee’ah’dorioh
I'm hungryBin’noh
Welcome, Join usKop’ie’asteh
SitGatt’seh
Do you have?Eh’his, Eh’head’eh
A little bitLee’on
ColdGrie’on
WaterNerr’oh
Ice Ba’yia’key
WineGrass’ie
The bill, TariffLo’hah’yiaz’mos
I agreeSin’fon’oh
How much?Boss’ah?
HOW MUCH????BOSSAAH!!!
ReceiptAb’oh’thek’si
Do you sellBou’laz, Bou’lad’eh
Cigarette, CigarettesT’si’arr’oh, t’si’arr’ah
Lighter Anap’tirra
NewspaperThie’meh’ria
Do you rent?En’igie’az’edeh?
CarAff’toh’kini’doh
MotorbikeMod’or’ah
Fill me upYem’mos meh
BicycleBoh’thil’ah’doh
It's brokenEss-spas’sen
SorrySig’noh’mi
Friend (male)Fill’eh, Fill’eh
Friend (female)Fill’en’athah
My loveAhh’gah’bie Mou
Doesn't matterThen bee’razzi
It is done, FinishedEh-yin’en
What's your name?Boss seh lennie?
Who?B’yozz?
Come onHa’deh!
Get upSi’goss’tou
Come let me tell youEllah na sue boh
FkGha’moh
ItDoh
I'm comingErh’kou’meh
I'm finishingDell’yion’oh
I've finishedDell’yios’ah
Dolls, babes, etcGook’lezz
Boys, guys, etcGob’el’lia
I'm ready (male)Imm’eh eddy’mos
I'm ready (female)Imm’eh eddy’me
Let's goBah’men
House, homeSpidi / Ess’soh
YesNeh
NoOi
Why?Yia’di?
I have a headacheEh’hoh bono’jeff’alo
I want (to)Thel'loh (na)
Let's go to bedBah'men Grev'adi
When?Bod'eh
NowDor'rah
Stop !Stam'adah
What?Dee?
It's niceEe'neh'ohr'eh'on
ThereJam'meh
HereTha'meh
Slowly, slowlySia sia
EnoughGann'ie
ComeEl'lah
TogetherMazzi
Immediately Am'ess'oz
F'in good timeNeh ! Neh! Neh!
We'll talk laterNa'da'bou'men

Bit’s and Pieces
Try piecing a few words together, for example;

Thello mia beerah se’baragaloh …. Can I have a beer please
Thello leon grion nehroh … Can I have a little cold water
Bou e’neh doh es’teea-dorioh? … Where is the restaurant
Ellah thameh amessoz! … Come here immediately
Reh Goumbbarro bahmen spidi? … Hey buddy lets go home
Ha-deh ineh ohreho jammeh … com on its nice there
Signohmi, ehhoh bonojeffalo … Sorry I’ve got a headache

The permutations
are literally endless and don’t worry too much about the grammar.  Raising your voice level and waving your arms about Gesticulatingly adds to the authenticity !! … And as I said earlier, almost everyone speaks English out here, but it’s always worth knowing just a little to get you by, and the Cypriots love it!

By Tony Dynamou

More advanced courses to follow …