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Test Your Greek Grammar Knowledge: Subjunctive Mood Quiz Posted by on Oct 29, 2013

This is a grammar quiz about the Subjunctive mood. It’s suitable to A2-B1 students. Select which of the two statements (A or B) is the correct statement for the situation described. You may find the answer key at the end of the quiz. If you need further explanation, feel free to leave a comment or…

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Autumn’s in the Air: Greek Small Talk About the Season Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

The word φθινόπωρο (fthinoporo, autumn)  is of Greek etymology: in ancient Greek φθινόπωρον < φθίνω + οπώρα  (fthino, to lessen + opora, fruits) The months of the autumn are of latin origin though: Σεπτέμβριος (Septemvrios, September), Οκτώβριος (Octovrios, October), Νοέμβριος (Noemvrios, November). Important events September is the first month of the new school year: τα σχολεία…

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Yes or No? How to Give Positive and Negative Answers in Greek Posted by on Oct 16, 2013

The most common Greek words which can be used to give positive or negative answers are «ναι» (“nai”, yes) and «όχι» (“ohi”, “no”).  In oral speech, we use many expressions, polite and formal, or more conversational. Below, there are some examples of the use of these exressions. Positive Answers Ναι (nai) :yes Ex: «Σου αρέσει…

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The 100 Most Common Words in Greek Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

The 100 Most Common Words in Greek For those looking to learn a language quickly, Tim Ferris (of the 4 Hour Work Week) recommends you learn vocabulary based on frequency. For example, the 100 most frequently used words in English writing make up about 25% of all English writing. That’s a huge return on investment…

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The Subjunctive Mood in Modern Greek Posted by on Oct 1, 2013

One of the most challenging Grammar topics, even for C Level students, is the Subjunctive Mood (Υποτακτική, Ipotaktiki) . The Subjunctive Mood is used basically to express wish, hope, expectation, intentions, and also to make suggestions and negative commands. It is formed by placing before the verb one of the following particles and conjunctions: ας…

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