15 Cypriot phrases to help you get by
The official languages of Cyprus are Greek, Turkish and English, with Turkish being the mother tongue in the north of the island and Greek in the south. Cyprus was a British colony from 1878 to 1960 and still retains British military bases as well as many an expat. In the north especially, English is seen as the second language.
While in most parts of Cyprus you’ll have no trouble communicating in English, the ability or even willingness to say even a few words in Cypriot will be warmly welcomed and you’ll gain local friends very quickly.
The Greek words below are spelled phonetically to show you what the word sounds like rather than the word in Greek which is nigh-on impossible to read unless you know the Greek alphabet.