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28 [twenty-eight]

In the hotel – Complaints

 


28 [είκοσι οκτώ]

Στο ξενοδοχείο – εξέκφραση παραπόνων

 

 
The shower isn’t working.
Η ντουζιέρα δεν λειτουργεί.
I ntouziéra den leitourgeí.
There is no warm water.
Δεν έχει ζεστό νερό.
Den échei zestó neró.
Can you get it repaired?
Μπορείτε να το φτιάξετε;
Boreíte na to ftiáxete?
 
 
 
 
There is no telephone in the room.
Στο δωμάτιο δεν υπάρχει τηλέφωνο.
Sto domátio den ypárchei tiléfono.
There is no TV in the room.
Στο δωμάτιο δεν υπάρχει τηλεόραση.
Sto domátio den ypárchei tileórasi.
The room has no balcony.
Το δωμάτιο δεν έχει μπαλκόνι.
To domátio den échei balkóni.
 
 
 
 
The room is too noisy.
Στο δωμάτιο έχει πολλή φασαρία.
Sto domátio échei pollí fasaría.
The room is too small.
Το δωμάτιο είναι πολύ μικρό.
To domátio eínai polý mikró.
The room is too dark.
Το δωμάτιο είναι πολύ σκοτεινό.
To domátio eínai polý skoteinó.
 
 
 
 
The heater isn’t working.
Η θέρμανση δεν λειτουργεί.
I thérmansi den leitourgeí.
The air-conditioning isn’t working.
Το κλιματιστικό δεν λειτουργεί.
To klimatistikó den leitourgeí.
The TV isn’t working.
Η τηλεόραση είναι χαλασμένη.
I tileórasi eínai chalasméni.
 
 
 
 
I don’t like that.
Αυτό δεν μου αρέσει.
Aftó den mou arései.
That’s too expensive.
Αυτό είναι πολύ ακριβό για μένα.
Aftó eínai polý akrivó gia ména.
Do you have anything cheaper?
Έχετε κάτι πιο φτηνό;
Échete káti pio ftinó?
 
 
 
 
Is there a youth hostel nearby?
Έχει εδώ κοντά ξενώνας νεότητας;
Échei edó kontá xenónas neótitas?
Is there a boarding house / a bed and breakfast nearby?
Έχει εδώ κοντά πανσιόν;
Échei edó kontá pansión?
Is there a restaurant nearby?
Έχει εδώ κοντά εστιατόριο;
Échei edó kontá estiatório?
 
 
 
 
 


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