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More on Greetings 

You probably noticed that there are two different ways of greeting people and asking their names. These two different forms depend on whether you are asking someone formally or informally or if you ask more than one person:

Informal Formal/ Plural
Πώς σε λένε;
[POS se LE-ne?]
What’s your name?
Πώς σας λένε;
[POS sas LE-ne?]
What’s your name?
Καλώς ήλθες.
[ka-LOS IL-thes.]
Καλώς ήλθατε.
[ka-LOS IL-tha-te.]
Καλώς σε βρήκα.
[ka-LOS se VRI-ka.]
It’s nice to see you.
Καλώς σας βρήκα.
[ka-LOS sas VRI-ka.]
It’s nice to see you.

Note that it’s common in Greece to address an older person or a person you don’t know very well by using κύριε [KI-ri-e] (Mr.)/κυρία [ki-RI-a] (Ms.) + last name, κύριε (Mr.)/κυρία (Ms.) + first name, or κύριε (Mr.)/κυρία (Ms.) + full name. Usually when you address a professor, supervisor, teacher, or doctor you use κύριε (Mr.)/κυρία (Ms.) + last name. When you want to be polite to older people such as your neighbors or the gentleman at the grocery store, you use κύριε (Mr.)/κυρία (Ms.) + first name. In newspapers or on the news they usually use κύριε (Mr.)/κυρία (Ms.) + full name when talking about public figures.