1Yia

Yia means “hello” and it is pronounced Yah. It is one of the most commonly used words in the Greek vocabulary.

2Oi

It means “no” and it is pronounced oee. The actual word of “no” is pronounced Ohi in Greek, however Cretans have a distinguished way of pronouncing some Greek words.

3Ne

Ne means “yes” and it is pronounced Neh. 

4Kalimera

Kalimera is pronounced Kaleemera and comes from the two words “good” and “day.” It is used to say “good morning.” Proper Cretans swap Ls for Rs, so this sounds Kareemera if you want to sound authentic!

5Yia Mas

Yia Mas is pronounced Yah Mas and means “to our health.” It is used to cheer when having a drink! Once again Proper Cretans swap Ys for Zs, so this would sound Zah Mas!!

6Ida

Ida stands for “what” and is pronounced eeda. Greeks from other parts of Greece will not understand this as it is only used in Crete!

7Ante

Ante stands for “come on” and is pronounced ade. 

8Ela

Ela is pronounced as it is written and it means “come” or “come on.” It is often used with “ante” and “pame.”

9Pame

This is the Greek “vamos” which means “let’s go” and is pronounced pameh. 

10Opa

Not actually a word but more of an exclamation! It can also be used to say “stop.”

11Efharisto

This means “thanks” and it is one of the most common Greek words. It is pronounced efhareesto.

12Parakalo

Parakalo means “you’re welcome” and also “please” and its pronunciation is as it reads.

13Re or More

These are slang words and are basically the same. They are pronounced reh and moreh. Their origin is from the Ancient Greek word “moros” which actually means stupid, however they are used commonly used in everyday Greek. No one will take offence, trust us!

14Filia

Filia stands for kisses and it is said like feelia. It can be used as a goodbye. 

15Kalinihta

Kalinihta is pronounced Kaleeneehta and comes from the two words “good” and “night.” It is used to say good night.