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Quiz on Greek idioms Posted by on Sep 22, 2020

Γεια σας! Do you understand Greek idioms and phrases? Do this quiz to find out: Pick (a) or (b) to translate the English phrases in Greek.   #1. I will start the washing machine. a. Θα βάλω μπρος το πλυντήριο. b. Θα αρχίσω το πλυντήριο. #2. I will make a lot of money. a. Θα…

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Uses of the Passive Voice in Modern Greek Posted by on Sep 10, 2020

Γεια σας! It is time to do some grammar, so today we will see the use of the Passive voice (Παθητική φωνή.) The Passive voice includes all the verbs ending in -μαι (έρχομαι, κοιμάμαι, γεννιέμαι)   a. Some verbs are morphologically passive, i.e. they end in -μαι but their meaning is active. Examples: Ο Πέτρος…

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Street vendors in Greece Posted by on Aug 31, 2020

Γεια σας! Do you like shopping? How often do you go to the stores when you are in Greece? Perhaps you have noticed that there are a lot of street vendors, especially in the big cities. This form of trade is not illegal, provided that the sellers possess the state documents which give them permission…

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Greek vocabulary: uses of the verb to clean Posted by on Aug 20, 2020

Γεια σας. Today we will look at the meanings and the derivatives of the verb to clean.     Καθαρίζω means to clean. Example: Πάντα να καθαρίζεις την καφετιέρα όταν τη χρησιμοποιείς. / Always clean the coffee maker after using it. It can be also used to mean: ξεφλουδίζω: to peel Καθάρισα τα αγγούρια για…

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Word families in Greek: Part Two Posted by on Aug 12, 2020

Γεια σας! A few weeks ago we looked into words families and some of you requested a second part. In this post we will see some commonly used word families.   κοινωνώ (= participate): κοινωνία (society), κοινωνικός (sociable), επικοινωνία (communication), επικοινωνώ (to communicate), ακοινώνητος (unsociable), συγκοινωνία (public transport), τηλεπικοινωνία (telecommunication) , κοινωνικοποίηση (socialization), κοινωνιολογία (sociology)…

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Greek phrases to use in a hotel Posted by on Jul 28, 2020

Γεια σας! August is coming and some of you are probably going to visit Greece despite the difficult situation. In this post, there are some common phrases you might use with the owner or the employees at a holiday resort.   You can listen to the phrases here:    

Greek vocabulary: duration Posted by on Jul 23, 2020

Γεια σας! In this post we will look into some words and phrases we use when talking about duration.     Διάρκεια (η): duration. Examples: Η διάρκεια της ταινίας είναι 90 λεπτά. / The duration of the movie is 90 minutes. Οι φίλοι της τής χάρισαν μια δωροεπιταγή για ένα μασάζ διάρκειας μιας ώρας. /…

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