What does Eirene mean in Greek

You will hear “Kalimera” all over Greece, from the staff at your hotel to people you see on the street. "Kalimera" used to mean "good day" or "good morning" and derives from both kali or kalo ("Beautiful" or "good") and mera of IMERA ( "Day").

When it comes to traditional greetings in Greece what you say depends when you say it. Kalimera is especially suitable for the morning hours, while " kalomesimeri "Is seldom used, but means" Hello. "Meanwhile," kalispera "is meant for use in the evenings, and" KALINIKTA "Means to say" good night "right before going to bed.

You can combine kalimera (or hear them combined) with "yassas" which is a respectful form of greeting in itself meaning "hello." Yasou is the more casual form, but if you come across someone older than you or in a position of Authority to use yassas as a formal greeting.

Other greetings in Greek

Familiarize yourself with as many common sayings and expressions as you can before your trip to Greece will help you bridge the cultural gap and possibly even make some new Greek friends. To start a conversation on the right foot, you can add month, year and other time sensitive greetings to impress the locals.

On the first day of the month, you will sometimes hear the greeting “kalimena” or “kalo mena,” meaning “have a happy month” or “happy first day of the month.” The greeting probably dates back to ancient times, when the first day of the month Month when mild holidays were observed, a bit like Sundays are in some places today.

When leaving a group for the evening, you could use one of the "good morning / evening" phrases to say a warm goodbye or simply say, "Antio sas," which means "goodbye." Remember, though, is, that KALINIKTA is only really used to say "good night" before going to bed, while kalispera can be used all evening, essentially to say, "See you later."

Respect the benefits of using the language

When traveling to any foreign country being respectful of the culture, history and people is important not only to leave a good impression but to ensure that you have a better time on your trip. In Greece, a little goes a long way when it comes to using the language.

As in American etiquette, remembering two good sentences is “Parakalo” (“please”) and “efkharistó” (“Thank you”). Remembering to ask nicely and be grateful when someone is offered something or a service to you will help you integrate with the locals-and you will likely get better service and treatment.

Also, even if you can't understand much Greek, many of the people who live there also speak English-and speak a number of other European languages. Greecians appreciate that you went through the trouble if you started with the words “Kalimera” (“Good morning”) or if you ended a question in English with “Parakalo” (“please”).

If you need help just ask someone if they speak English by saying " Milas Anglika . “Unless the person you meet is downright rude, they will likely stop and help you.

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