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Reproduced with the kind permission of Authentic Greek Recipes. Please visit the site for excellent Greek recipes.

Now, when you entertain people to a Greek meal, you can impress them with your knowledge of Greek! The letters in bold italics show where the accent should go when you pronounce it.



 

almond - ameegdalo (soft d)
 
aniseed - anitho
 
apple - meelo
 
apricot - vereekoko
 
artichoke - aggeenara (hard g)
 
asparagus - sparangee (hard g)
 
aubergine - mellitzana
 
banana - banana (!!)
 
barley - kritharri
 
basil - vassiliko (from the Greek word for royal)
 
bean - fassolli
 
beetroot - batzarri
 
berry - mooro
 
biscuit - biskotto
 
blackberry - vatomooro
 
brandy - conniak
 
bread - psommee
 
broccoli - broccolo
 
bun - psommakee
 
cabbage - lahano
 
carp - kipreenos
 
carrot - karrotto
 
cauliflower - koonoopeedee (soft d)
 
celery - selleeno
 
cereal - deemeetreeaka (soft d)
 
cheese - teeree
 
chicken - kottopoolo
 
chick peas - reveethia
 
chocolate - sokolatta
 
cinnamon - kannella
 
cod - bakkaliaros
 
coffee - kaffe
 
cook (verb) - mayeerevo
 
cook (person) - mayeeras
 
cookery - mayeereekee
 
corn - kalambokki
 
courgette - kollokeethee
 
crab - kavooras
 
cream (whipped) - santigee (soft g)
 
cucumber - angooree
 
currant - staffeeda (soft d)
 
cuttlefish - soopya
 
dessert - epidorpio (soft d)
 
dill - aneetho
 
dough - zeemaree
 
drink (verb) - peeno
 
drink (alcoholic) - potto
 
drink (other) - roffima (usually used for hot drinks, such as cofee, tea etc)
 
duck - pappya
 
eat - traw
 
egg - avgaw (soft g)
 
eggplant - melitzana
 
feast - fagopotti (soft g)
 
feed - ta - eezo
 
fennel - maratho
 
fenugreek - treegonella (soft g)
 
fig - seeko
 
fish - psarree
 
flour - allevree
 
food - fa-ee (common); troffima (general)
 
fowl - pooleriko
 
fried - teeganito (soft g)
 
fruit - frooto
 
fry - teeganeezo (soft g)
 
gastronomy - gastronomeea (the English word came from the Greek)
 
ginger - piperoreeza
 
grain - siteera
 
grape - stafeelee
 
gravy - zomos
 
grill (n) - schara
 
grill (v) - pseeno
 
haddock - bakaliaros
 
ham - zambon
 
hazelnut - foondooki
 
herb - vottano
 
herring - renga
 
honey - melli
 
hors-d'oeuvre - orektiko
 
horseradish - hranno
 
ice cream - pagotto (soft g)
 
jam - marmelada (soft d)
 
jelly - zelle
 
juice - heemos
 
kidney - nefro
 
kipper - renga
 
lamb - arnee
 
leek - prassa
 
lemon - lemoni
 
lettuce - marroolee
 
lime - gleekolemonno
 
liver - seekotti
 
loaf - frantzola
 
mackerel - skoobree
 
margarine - margareenee
 
marjoram - mantzooranna
 
marrow - kollokeethee
 
mastic - masteeha
 
meal - yevma
 
meat - kreas
 
melon - pepponi
 
milk - galla (soft g)
 
mince - keemas
 
mint - deeosmos (soft d)
 
mullet (red) - barbooni
 
mushrooms - manitaria
 
mussels - meedia (soft d)
 
mustard - moostarda (soft d)
 
nectarine - nektareenee
 
nuts - xeeroos karpoos
 
nutmeg - mos-hokarido (soft d)
 
oats - vromi
 
octopus - htapodi (soft d)
 
oil - ladee (soft d)
 
olive - elya
 
olive oil - elyolado (soft d)
 
onion - kremeedi (soft d)
 
orange - portokali
 
oregano - reegani (soft g)
 
oyster - streedi (soft d)
 
pancake - teeganeeta (soft g)
 
parsley - mydanos
 
pastry - zeemee
 
peas - bizelia
 
peach - rodakeeno (soft d)
 
pear - ahladee (soft d)
 
pepper - piperi
 
pie - peeta
 
plaice - glossa (soft g)
 
plum - damaskeeno (soft d)
 
pomegranate - rodee (soft d)
 
pork - heereeno
 
potato - patata
 
poultry - poolerika
 
prawn - gareeda (soft g & d)
 
pumpkin - kollokeetha
 
radish - repanaki
 
raisin - staffeeda (soft d)
 
raspberry - smeooro
 
recipe - seentagee (soft g)
 
rice - reezee
 
rosemary - thendrolivano
 
salmon - solomos
 
salt - alati
 
sardine - sardella (soft d)
 
sauce - saltsa
 
sausage - lookaniko
 
seafood - thalassina
 
sesame - soosami
 
shrimp - garida (soft g)
 
skate - salahi
 
snapper - leethreeni
 
soup - soopa
 
spice - bahariko
 
spicy - peekantiko
 
spinach - spanaki
 
squash - kollokeetha
 
squid - kalamari
 
starter - orektiko
 
sugar - zahari
 
sweet - gleeko
 
tarragon - trahoori
 
tea - tsaee
 
thyme - theemaree
 
tomato - domata
 
tripe - patsas
 
trout - pestrofo
 
truffle - troofa
 
tuna - tonno
 
turkey - gallopoola (soft g)
 
turnip - gogilli (soft g)
 
veal - moscharee
 
vegetable - lahaniko
 
venison - kreas elafioo
 
vinegar - xeedee
 
walnut - kareedee
 
water - nerro
 
wheat - starri
 
whiting - merloongios
 
wine - krassee
 
yeast - maya
 
yoghurt - yaoortee
 
zucchini - kolokeethaki