Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Greek conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Greek“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

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Important verbs

(to) beείμαιíme
(to) haveέχωékho
(to) do / (to) makeκάνωkáno
can / (to) know how toμπορώ
ξέρω πώς να
xéro pós na

(to) know (how)ξέρω (πώς)xéro (pós)
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withξέρω
γνωρίζω να
gnorízo na

(to) understandκαταλαβαίνωkatalavéno
(to) speak / (to) talkμιλάω

(to) listen toακούωakúo
(to) hearακούωakúo
(to) seeβλέπωvlépo
(to) feelνιώθωniótho
(to) liveζωzo
(to) wantθέλωthélo
(to) needχρειάζομαιkhriázome
(to) likeμου αρέσειmu arési
(to) loveαγαπώagapó
(to) giveδίνωdíno
(to) takeπαίρνωpérno
(to) playπαίζωpézo
(to) laughγελώyeló
(to) comeέρχομαιérkhome
(to) goπάωpáo
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)περνώpernó
(to) writeγράφωgráfo
(to) readδιαβάζωdiavázo
(to) countμετρώmetró
(to) pronounceπροφέρωproféro
(to) spellσυλλαβίζωsillavízo
(to) conjugateκλίνωklíno
(to) rememberθυμάμαιthimáme
(to) forgetξεχνώxekhnó
(to) eatτρώωtróo
(to) tryδοκιμάζωdokimázo
(to) useχρησιμοποιώkhrisimopió
(to) openανοίγωanígo
(to) closeκλείνωklíno
(to) greet / (to) welcomeχαιρετώ

(to) beginξεκινώxekinó
(to) endτελειώνωtelióno

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