Basic Greek Verbs

Basic Greek Verbs 2017-11-27T08:15:07+00:00

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

EnglishGreekGreek
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
είμαι
íme
(to) have
έχω
ékho
(to) do / (to) make
κάνω
káno
can / (to) know how to
μπορώ
ξέρω πώς να
boró
xéro pós na

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

(to) understand
καταλαβαίνω
katalavéno
(to) speak / (to) talk
μιλάω
συζητάω
miláo
sizitáo

(to) listen to
ακούω
akúo
(to) hear
ακούω
akúo
(to) see
βλέπω
vlépo
(to) feel
νιώθω
niótho
(to) live
ζω
zo
(to) want
θέλω
thélo
(to) need
χρειάζομαι
khriázome
(to) like
μου αρέσει
mu arési
(to) love
αγαπώ
agapó
(to) give
δίνω
díno
(to) take
παίρνω
pérno
(to) play
παίζω
pézo
(to) laugh
γελώ
yeló
(to) come
έρχομαι
érkhome
(to) go
πάω
páo
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
περνώ
pernó
(to) write
γράφω
gráfo
(to) read
διαβάζω
diavázo
(to) count
μετρώ
metró
(to) pronounce
προφέρω
proféro
(to) spell
συλλαβίζω
sillavízo
(to) conjugate
κλίνω
klíno
(to) remember
θυμάμαι
thimáme
(to) forget
ξεχνώ
xekhnó
(to) eat
τρώω
tróo
(to) try
δοκιμάζω
dokimázo
(to) use
χρησιμοποιώ
khrisimopió
(to) open
ανοίγω
anígo
(to) close
κλείνω
klíno
(to) greet / (to) welcome
χαιρετώ
καλωσορίζω
kheretó
kalosorízo

(to) begin
ξεκινώ
xekinó
(to) end
τελειώνω
telióno

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