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Our Everyday Greek: Review – Survival Guide for Vegans Traveling in Greece

August 25, 2018
Dimitra Pontoporou

Greece produces lots of fruits and vegetables you can buy fresh. Below are the names of the most common vegetables, fruits and vegan dishes and simple phrases you may use to buy or order them.

IMPORTANT VOCABULARY
Greek word  Pronunciation  Meaning

VEGETABLES

Οι ντομάτες E E doMAtes  the tomatoes
Οι πατάτες EE paTAtesthe potatoes
Οι πιπεριές EE piperyiES the peppers
Οι μελιτζάνες EE meliTZanes the eggplants
Οι ελιές EE eliES   the olives
Το αγγούρι TO aGOOri the cucumber
Τα κρεμμύδια TA kreMEEdia the onions
Τα κολοκύθια TA koloKEEthia the zucchini

FRUITS

Το καρπούζι TO kaRPOOzi the watermelon
Το πεπόνι TO pePOni the melon
Τα ροδάκινα Ta roDAkina the peaches
Τα σταφύλια TA staFEElia the grapes
Τα σύκα TA SEEka the figs
Τα λεμόνια TA leMOnia the lemons
Οι μπανάνες EE baNAnes the bananas

DEFINE THE QUANTITY
Greek word Pronunciation Meaning
Ένα Ena one
Δύο DEEo two
Τρία TREEa three
Μισό κιλό miSO kilo half a kilo
Ένα κιλό Ena kilo one kilo
Δύο κιλά DEEo kiLA two kilos

BUYING VEGETABLES
Θέλω ένα αγγούρι.
THElo Ena aGOOri.
I want (would like) one cucumber.

Θέλω δύο αγγούρια.
THElo DEEo aGOOria.
I want (would like) two cucumbers.

Θέλω ένα κιλό ντομάτες.
THElo Ena kiLO doMAtes.
Ι want (would like) a kilo of tomatoes.

Θέλω δύο πιπεριές.
THElo DEEo piperyES.
I want (would like) two peppers.

Θέλω δύο κρεμμύδια.
THElo DEEo kreMEEdia.
I want (would like) two onions.

Θέλω δύο μελιτζάνες.
THElo DEEo meliTZAnes.
I want (would like) two eggplant.

Θέλω ένα κιλό πατάτες.
THElo Ena kiLO paTAtes.
I want (would like) a kilo of potatoes.

Θέλω μισό κιλό κολοκύθια.
THElo miSO kiLO koloKEEthia.
I want (would like) half a kilo of zucchini.

BUYING FRUITS
Θέλω ένα καρπούζι.
THElo Ena kaRPOOzi.
I want (I would like) one watermelon.

Θέλω ένα πεπόνι.
THElo Ena pePOni.
I want (I would like) one melon.

Θέλω μισό κιλό σταφύλια.
THelo miSO kiLO staFEElia.
I want (I would like) half a kilo of grapes.

Θέλω δύο κιλά ροδάκινα.
THElo DEEo kiLA roDAkina.
I want (I would like) two kilos of peaches.

VEGAN DISHES
Greek wordPronunciationMeaning
Η σαλάτα EE saLAtathe salad
Η χωριάτικη σαλάταEE horyiAtiki saLAtathe Greek salad
Η τυρόπιτ-αEE tiROpitathe cheese pie
Η σπανακόπιτ-αEE spanaKOpitathe spinach pie
Η χορτόπιτ-αEE hoRTOpitathe greens pie
Τα χόρταTA HOrtagreens
Η πίτσ-αEE PEEtsathe pizza
Οι κολοκυθοκεφτέδεςEE kolokithokeFTEdesthe zucchini balls
Οι ρεβυθοκεφτέδεςEE rebithokeFTEdesthe chick peas balls
Οι ντοματοκεφτέδεςEE domatoKeFTEdesthe tomato balls
Το σαγανάκιTO sayaNAkifried yellow cheese
Το τζατζίκιTO tzaTZEEkiyogurt spread
Η μελιτζανοσαλάταEE melitzanosaLAtaeggplant salad
Η φασολάδαEE fasoLAdathe bean soup
Πατάτες τηγανητέςpaTAtes tiyaniTEsFrench fries

ORDERING VEGAN DISHES
Θέλω πατάτες τηγανητές.
THElo paTAtes tiyaniTES.
I want fried potatoes.

Θέλω μία χορτόπιτα.
THElo MEEa hoRTOpita.
I want a greens pie.

Θέλω μία χωριάτικη σαλάτα.
THElo MEEa horyiAtiki.
I want a Greek salad.

Θέλω κολοκυθοκεφτέδες και ένα τζατζίκι.
THElo kolokithokeFTEdes KE Ena tzaTZEEki.
I want zucchini balls and one order of tzatziki.

Θέλω μία πίτσα.
THElo MEEA PEEtsa.
I want one pizza.

PRONUNCIATION KEY
i (idiom), ee (needle), e (energy), o (organism), oo (boot), y (yes), h (helium), th (theory), d (the). The capitalized syllables are accented.

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