Greek verb to go

Let’s learn the verb « to go », and at the same time some easy sentences and expressions.
The Greek language has a lot of grammar, long words, an accent on every word with more than 1 syllable, a very rich vocabulary,
expressions and difficult spelling. However, do not worry!
Let’s look at it from the positive side, since there are also some easy things you can quickly learn and use on a daily basis.

Below you can find various sentences with the Greek verb Πάω”  (« Pao ») or “I go”, in combination with daily vocabulary.
You will also find a video with AUDIO text, so you also can listen to the correct pronunciation.

The Conjugation of the verb to go – πάω

First, it is useful to learn to conjugate the verb “to go” in the present tense… is not that hard!
In Greek it is not necessary to say the personal pronouns (I, you, we, etc…), you just say the verb with the correct conjugation.

(εγώ) πάω

(ego) pao I go

(εσύ) πας

(esy) pas You go

(αυτός/αυτή) πάει

(avtos/avti) paei

He/she goes

(εμείς) πάμε (emeis) pame

We go

(εσείς) πάτε (eseis) pate

You go

(αυτοί) πάνε (avtoi) pane

They go

The verb + simple daily Greek vocabulary

Click here to listen to the video how to conjugate the verb, as well as the correct pronunciation

greek verb to go

Now you know to conjugate the verb,  you can easily learn some expressions by adding simple daily vocabulary.

Ι. Πάω/Πάμε για… (to “go for”)
(Listen to the correct pronunciation on the AUDIO below)

1. Πάω για μπάνιο [pao gia banio] (*) I am going for a swim
2. Πάω για ύπνο [pao gia ypno] (**) I am going to sleep
3. Πάω για ψώνια [pao gia psonia] I am going for shopping
4. Πάω για καφέ [pao gia kafe] I am going for a coffee
5. Πάω για ποτό [pao gia poto] I am going for a (alcoholic) drink
6. Πάω για φαγητό [pao gia fagito] I am going to eat (out)
7. Πάω για κούρεμα [pao gia kourema] I am going for a haircut
8. Πάω για τρέξιμο [pao gia treksimo] I am going to run/ for jogging
9. Πάω για μάθημα [pao gia mathima] I am going for/to my lesson

(*) In case you really “swim a distance” (and not just sit/play in the water/sea), then you say : [pao gia kolumbi]

(**) If you have difficulties memorizing the word “ypno” (sleep), think of “hypnotize” and you will now realize how many Greek words you use in your own language!

II. Even easier, in the following sentences you do not need any preposition:
(Listen to the correct pronunciation on the AUDIO below)

Πάω σπίτι. [pao spiti] I am going home.
Πάω θέατρο. [pao theatro] I am going to the theatre.
Πάω σινεμά. [pao cinema] I am going to the cinema.
Πάω διακοπές [pao diakopes] I am going on holidays
Πάω βόλτα [pao volta] I am going for a walk/stroll

Click here to listen to  the AUDIO text of the conjugations
and also  listen to the correct pronunciation of  the sentences  mentioned in I. and II. here above.


III. Let’s go for a coffee! Shall we go for a coffee?

In case you would like to say: Let’s go for a coffee, Let’s go for a drink, etc…you simply use the “we form” of the verb:
Πάμε για καφέ  – “Pame gia kafe”, “Pame gia poto”, etc…
You can also change your intonation and make it a question : Πάμε για μπάνιο; “Pame gia banio?” (shall we go for a swim?)

IV. When do we go on holiday? Where do we go for holidays?

If you want to ask “when” (Πότε – pote) or “where” (Πού – pou) then just add the words in front of the sentence:
Pou pas? (Where are you going?)
Pou pame gia diakopes? (Where are we going on holidays?)
Pote pas gia fagito? (When are you going for food?)

Be careful: When you use “pote” (when), make sure the stress is on the “O”.
In case you pronounce it with the stress on the “e”, you actually say “never”.

Hope you will soon be motivated to speak Greek!
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Now that you started learning Greek verbs in different tenses,
it is the perfect time to proceed
and start using more active Greek verbs,
A, B1 and B2 category.
Take a look at the verb eBooks, including videos (as here above),
which will help you to communicate in Greek.


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