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“Come on! Hey! Come again?” Examples of the use of ela. Posted by on Sep 26, 2013

One of the most common Greek words is έλα  (ela). It is the imperative of the verb έρχομαι (erhomai, to come) and literally it means come (in the second singular person):  “Έλα! Το λεωφορείο φεύγει!»  (Ela! To leoforeio fevgei. Come! The bus is leaving!) The plural of έλα is ελάτε (elate, come): «Ελάτε παιδιά, φεύγουμε!»…

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Greek idiomatic expressions describing feelings and mood Posted by on Sep 18, 2013

When someone asks «τι κάνεις» (ti kaneis, how are you) the answer they get is «καλά» (kala, well).  This is one of the first words that people learn in Greek. The Greek language is very rich in idiomatic and slang expressions used when we talk about our mood. Below, there’s a list of some…

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Texting and Tweeting in Greek Posted by on Sep 11, 2013

What does TLM mean? Does S AGP  has anything to do with graphics? What if someone sends you FLK? The first mobile phones appeared in Greece in the mid 90’s and a few years later they were accessible to anyone. Texting was very popular among younger users , who were using prepaid SIM cards, but…

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Reading Suggestions for Greek Learners Posted by on Sep 4, 2013

Καλό φθινόπωρο! (Kalo fthinoporo= enjoy autumn in free translation) Autumn is the  season of apple picking, watching season premieres and reading. This post is about material related to reading. My list is rather limited, I’m afraid, as material for A1 students is almost inexistent. For C2 level students, on the contrary, the list never ends…

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