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Use of Greek Quiz Posted by on Jul 31, 2014

You are invited for dinner by some Greek friends. Which phrase would you use in the following contexts? For questions 1-10 choose the answer which is more suitable. The answers are not transliterated so the quiz is suitable for learners who are able to read the Greek alphabet. Intermediate and advanced students might find it…

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What can vegans eat in Greece? A list of vegan summer foods Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

Most foreigners have connected Greek food to seafood, fish, cheese and meat. It’s true that the most typical dishes, such as souvlaki (σουβλάκι), moussaka (μουσακάς) and Greek salad (χωριάτικη σαλάτα) are animal-based products and cannot be consumed by vegans. Traditional Greek cuisine is based on the fasting periods during which people were not allowed to…

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Reflexive pronouns in Modern Greek Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

If you have already come accross the  reflexive pronouns (αυτοπαθείς αντωνυμίες, aftopathees antonimies), this means that you are at an intemediate level. Well done! You can take a look at this article if you’re in the mood for a quick review. The reflexive  pronouns are formed by the noun  «εαυτός» (eaftos) which means “self” and…

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A love letter to olive oil Posted by on Jul 7, 2014

Dear olive oil,   You are the best-known product of Greece and a basic component of the Mediterranean diet. Scientists relate you to good health,  big eaters to pleasure and cosmetologists to beauty. For me you are the indispensable ornament of my favorite comfort food, which is greens with feta cheese, and of my…

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Question words in Modern Greek Posted by on Jul 2, 2014

Πόσο μακριά είναι το χωριό;

Question words are placed at the beginning of the sentence. Sometimes their use is confusing because some of them are declined, i.e. they have singular and plural, genders and cases. Note that we use the Greek question mark:  ; 1. Ποιος, ποια, ποιο (pios, pia, pio): who, which Ποιος είναι αυτός ο άντρας; (pios ine…

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