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Welcome to GreekPod101.com’s “Ελληνικά σε 3 λεπτά”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Greek.
Γεια, λέγομαι Χρυσή. Χαίρω πολύ. Hi, I'm Chrissi. Pleased to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Greek expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Greek. There are only two sentences you need to do it, but first it is important to clarify that in Greek there is a difference between formal and informal language.
Let’s first see how Greek people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Γεια, λέγομαι Χρυσή. Χαίρω πολύ. Hi, I'm Chrissi. Pleased to meet you.
[slowly] Γεια, λέγομαι Χρυσή. Χαίρω πολύ.
Start by saying: Γεια, λέγομαι... then, say your name). Γεια, λέγομαι Χρυσή. Finally, say Χαίρω πολύ.
Γεια, λέγομαι Χρυσή. Χαίρω πολύ.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech,
Χαίρετε, λέγομαι Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου. Χαίρω πολύ για τη γνωριμία. Hello, my name is Chrissi Papadopoulou. Pleased to make your acquaintance.
[slowly] Χαίρετε, λέγομαι Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου. Χαίρω πολύ για τη γνωριμία.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a look at close look at these together.
Γεια has been substituted with the formal greeting χαίρετε, Greek for "rejoice"
λέγομαι Χρυσή has not been changed; λέγομαι stands in both cases for "my name is" however during a formal self introduction we also say our last name, so I said Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου. Here, you would say your full name.
Finally, there is one more change to the ending: we added the words για τη γνωριμία to the phrase χαίρω πολύ; in informal cases, we can just say χαίρω πολύ (literally, “I am happy or pleased” but in informal cases it’s good to add για τη γνωριμία which is Greek for “the acquaintance” or in this case “your acquaintance”.
One more time: The informal way to introduce yourself in Greek is Γεια, λέγομαι Χρυσή. Χαίρω πολύ.
The formal way to introduce yourself is
Χαίρετε, λέγομαι Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου.
Now it’s time for Chrissi’s Insights.
Greek people usually shake hands when they meet someone; sometimes extremely vigorously! So accompany your introduction with your best firm handshake and if you’re not sure if you have to use the formal or the informal greeting, the informal greeting (χαίρω πολύ) is not considered rude; it’s acceptable and used widely even in formal situations.
Do you know how we say “thank you” in Greek? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Θα τα ξαναπούμε στο επόμενο μάθημα! See you then!


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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Let's introduce yourself in Greek!

Monday at 1:43 pm
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Hi clare bale,

Thank you for contacting us!

Did you mean these buttons:


These appear on lessons that have a vocabulary list. For example, if you go to the lesson notes, you can see the vocabulary section as a big white and blue table:


This particular video series focuses on phrases and sentences and not on individual words that can be used as vocabulary and therefore added to the Word Bank or Flashcards. This doesn't happen to all video series though. There are some that do come with vocabulary that can be added to your collection.

Tip: While watching this series, if you spot a word that you would like to add, try looking it up on the site's dictionary. If you find it there, you can then add it to your Word Bank:


I hope this helps!


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clare bale
Sunday at 9:35 pm
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Hi There.

I am loving Greek 101. Thank you! I'm just looking at the learn greek in 3 minutes and I can't see the resource button where I can add to word bank and flash cards.It comes up when loading but disapperas as soon as the video starts to load. Any suggestions.



Tuesday at 10:55 am
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Hi Kathleen,

Welcome to GreekPod101.com!

Here's some information you might find helpful since you just signed up:


Feel free to look around our material and let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help!

Kind regards,


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Monday at 12:55 am
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I keep being told to go to greekpod101 and sign up for a free life time account. I HAVE signed up and in!

Tuesday at 3:32 pm
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Hola Gloria,

Gracias por escribirnos.

Desafortunadamente GreekPod101.com se enfoca en la enseñanza del idioma griego usando el inglés solamente. Las únicas series que quizás podrían ser útiles para usted, serían las series de videos para aprender el abecedario griego y la pronunciación:



Usted podría enfocar solamente en la manera de escribir las letras y en el sonido de cada una. Mi sugerencia sería bajar los archivos PDF con las notas de cada lección (haciendo click aca: http://screencast.com/t/oHaAEOrAc ), copiar el texto que está en inglés y pegarlo a Google translate. Con la traducción en español creo que usted podría aprovechar de esos videos y aprender por lo menos a escribir y a leer.

Lo siento mucho que este sitio no puede ayudarla mucho. Cualquier otra pregunta con mucho gusto. Estamos a la orden.

Saludos cordiales,



Monday at 10:38 am
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Tuesday at 8:28 am
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Hello Ricky!

Γεια is pronounced like the "ya" in "yabadabadoo":


Haha, I'm just kidding, but that's pretty close actually!

Here's a video series that will help you perfect your Greek pronunciation:


The link above is lesson #4, but I suggest you watch the whole series.

Also on the video of this lesson ("Self-introductions"), you can hear Chrissi say "γεια" on 00:48.

Practice makes perfect! So go ahead and... yabadabadoo!


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Saturday at 8:02 pm
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How does the Gamma in Geia exactly sound?

(sorry, don't know how to type in Greek letters)

Monday at 1:10 pm
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Γεια σου Yolande!

Χαίρω πολύ! Καλώς ήρθες στο GreekPod101.com

I saw from a different comment of yours that you are from Quebec and that your native language is French. So the "e" letters at the end are silent, right? In that case in Greek that would be written and pronounced:

Γιολάντ Μπρινέλ.

Γεια χαρά!


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Friday at 11:29 pm
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Χαίρετε, λέγομαι Υολανδε Μπρυνελλε, Χάιρω πολύ για τη γνωριμία.

Γεια σας.