Talk Like a Cretan! 15 Words You Should Learn When You Travel to Crete

Do you want to sound authentic and talk like a local? These are the words you should learn before you travel to the largest Greek island!

Yia

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

Oi

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.

Ne

Ne means “yes” and it is pronounced Neh. 

Kalimera

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!

Yia 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!!

Ida

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!

Ante

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

Ela

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

Pame

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

Opa

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

Efharisto

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

Parakalo

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

Re 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!

Filia

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

Kalinihta

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

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