Greek verbs

The Greek verb “to become bad” might not seem very useful, but you actually hear it a lot in Greek. This is, because this verb is used also in various expression.
But let’s start to learn the verb and conjugate it.
When you learn a language, you will soon understand that you need to learn verbs, in order to make sentences.

The Greek verb “χαλάω”

This is an interesting Greek verb that we use either in its literal or its metaphorical meaning
“Χαλάω” means to “go bad” or to “break down”. Here below we will learn how to conjugate it and how to use it in everyday expressions.

Watch the video below and listen to teacher Eva. She teaches you how to conjugate the verb “χαλάω” and the correct pronunciation in Greek.

A little bit of Greek grammar:

In the present tense the verb is conjugated like the verbs ending in –άω. So what you have tο do is to add the following endings to the stem “χαλ-”: -άω, -άς, -άει, -άμε, -άτε, -άνε.

In the future and past tenses, the stem is “χαλάσ-”. It is a regular verb, so it has the regular endings of future and past tenses.

Here below you can see how the verb is conjugated:

Future Simple Simple Past
εγώ χαλάω θα χαλάσω χάλασα
εσύ χαλάς θα χαλάσεις χάλασες
αυτός, αυτή, αυτό χαλάει θα χάλασει χάλασε
εμείς χαλάμε θα χαλάσουμε χαλάσαμε
εσείς χαλάτε θα χαλάσετε χαλάσατε
αυτοί, αυτές, αυτά χαλάνε θα χαλάσουν(ε) χάλασαν/ χαλάσανε


Most students will use the verb χαλάω mainly in the present and simple past tense, but more advanced students can also have a look at the other tenses.

Present χαλάω
Past Continuous χαλούσα
Past Simple χάλασα
Future Simple θα χαλάσω
Future Continuous θα χαλάω
Present Perfect έχω χαλάσει
Past Perfect είχα χαλάσει
Future Perfect θα έχω χαλάσει


Let’s see some examples with the verb “χαλάω”:

Tο γάλα χάλασε = The milk has gone bad.

Tο αυτοκίνητο χάλασε = The car broke down.

Ο καιρός θα χαλάσει αύριο = The weather will become bad tomorrow.


Some Greek expressions with the verb “χαλάω”:

Δεν χάλασε ο κόσμος!                                                   = It is not the end of the world!

Ο κακός καιρός χάλασε τα σχέδιά μας για πικ νικ. = The bad weather ruined our plan for a picnic.

Αυτό το γλυκό μού χάλασε το στομάχι                      = This sweet upset my stomach.

Χάλασε πολλά λεφτά στο ταξίδι                                  = He spent a lot of money during his trip.

Μπορείς να μου χαλάσεις κατοστάρικο;                    = Can you change a 100 euro (a banknote of 100 euro)?

Δεν έπρεπε να της το πεις! Χάλασες την έκπληξη!   = You shouldn’t have told her! You spoiled the surprise!

Τα σχόλιά του μού χάλασαν την μέρα.                        = His comments ruined my day.



Now that you started learning Greek verbs in different tenses,
it is the perfect time to proceed and start using more Greek verbs.

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