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Archive for April, 2014

Building vocabulary with mind maps Posted by on Apr 29, 2014

There are many techniques used while learning new vocabulary, some of which are cloze activites, memorization, use of flashcards, word dominos, use of the new word in sentences, and the list goes on. Mind maps can also be an effective technique that  helps  learners face the challenge of “digesting” the new vocabulary by making connections…

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Use of the conjunction “na” Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

The right use of the conjunctions ότι, πως, να (oti, pos, na) which mean “that” and “to”)  is not always clear and  Greek learners often misuse them (ελπίζω που instead of ελπίζω να etc.). Verbs that express desire, wish, necessity, exhortation, possibility and prohibition are followed by the conjunction να (na, to) and a verb in…

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A touch of Greek Easter Posted by on Apr 15, 2014

The  countdown to Easter (Πάσχα, Pasha) , the most important Greek holiday, has already started.  The Easter traditions have been preserved  and are still followed by most Greeks, religious or not.  Some people, relate Easter to a big open air celebration with music, dance, and of course a meal that is composed of lamb and…

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Say the colors in Greek Posted by on Apr 6, 2014

Ήρθε η άνοιξη! (Irthe i anixi, spring is in the air) Spring is the season of colors and the Greek vocabulary is rich in adjectives and idioms related to colors (χρώματα, hromata). The colors grammatically are adjectives, so they  have genders, singular and plural and cases, i.e. they are not invariable. 1. Form of colors…

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