alternative for τα λέμε

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Senior Member
Dutch, the Netherlands
Τα λέμε is slang for "see ya", I know that. But I'm looking for an alternative. Any suggestions?
  • modus.irrealis

    Senior Member
    English, Canada
    I can think of:

    γεια or γεια σου/σας
    στο καλό

    But these suggestions might be behind the times and not reflect what's commonly said in Greece today.


    Senior Member
    Greek, Greece
    τα λέμε is I guess the most common in written messages.
    Personally I wouldn't use modus's suggestions in writing, but I would if I was talking to someone.

    Another one I often use in email messages is φιλιά/φιλάκια = kisses/little kisses.
    These are informal though, as is "τα λέμε"


    Senior Member
    I guess that τα λέμε must be an ideomatic expression.
    The use of τα before λέμε is a "mystery" to me? Explanation?


    Senior Member
    "τα λέμε" literally means "we chat". It is one of many idiomatic verbal expressions involving an object pronoun that does not necessarily refer to anything specific. "την πάτησα" for instance means "I failed"; "τα μπέρδεψα" means "I got confused"; etc.
    It can be used in all tenses. "Τα λέγαμε συχνά όταν έμενε στη γειτονιά μας" means "We often chatted when he lived in our our neighborhood." "Τα είπαμε χτες / Θα τα πούμε και αύριο" means "We talked yesterday / We will also talk tomorrow."
    But it can be used colloquially as a way of saying good-bye, the implication being "we 'll talk again soon."

    Helleno File

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Very helpful discussion everyone. :thank you: I didn't realise τα λέμε had a more literal meaning.

    Verbs with a third person definite object pronoun (which turn out not to have a definite reference !) seem very useful colloquial expressions. Trouble is remembering whether it's την, το or τα!* I'd be sure English has many equivalent traps for learners!

    *I assume to use a slightly old fashioned English expression, there's no rhyme or reason why it should be any particular one.


    Senior Member
    But it can be used colloquially as a way of saying good-bye, the implication being "we 'll talk again soon."
    Elaborating a little further on Αγγελος’ very good post, since we ignore the very origin of these verbal expressions, we could not surely say that the object pronoun refers to something specific, but I think we could adequately suppose that the object τα of “τα λέμε” refers to “τα νέα μας”, that is “τα λέμε τα νέα μας ξανά σύντομα”. “την πάτησα” that is I failed, obviously having to do with the other colloquial expression “την πάτησα την πεπονόφλουδα (ή την μπανανόφλουδα) = I stepped on the melon (or the banana peel) and slipped over, meaning I was trapped, I was cheated, I was harmed, due to naivety or carelessness, “τα μπέρδεψα” (ενν. τα πράγματα ή τα λόγια μου = I mixed things or my words up), that is I got confused.
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