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Archive for September, 2014

Less is More: Adverbs of Quantity (greek) Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

Γεια σας! Today’s topic is the use of the adverbs of quantity, such as very, more, less, almost etc. Below there’s a list with the most common adverbs and some examples of their use. The English phrases are sometimes translated directly and I hope they make sense.     πολύ λίγο αρκετά σχεδόν καθόλου ελάχιστα…

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Deconstructing Greek Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

Most  language learners ask their teacher how long will it take them to learn X language and most teachers reply “it depends”. According to Tim Ferriss’ article How to Learn (But Not Master ) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor) deconstructing a language helps the learners have a better idea on  how…

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Back to the future! Greek irregular verbs you must know Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

A few months ago I posted a list of common irregular verbs in the Past Simple tense (Αόριστος, aoristos). The same verbs have an irregular form in the Simple Future tense (Στιγμιαίος Μέλλοντας, (stigmiaios melontas):   Ενεστώτας(Enestotas) Present Transliteration Definition Μέλλοντας(Melontas) Future Simple Transliteration είμαι ime to be θα είμαι tha eimai έχω eho to…

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How to be polite in Greek Posted by on Sep 9, 2014

One of the first topics Greek students have to learn is the use of the polite form. It is a relatively “new” element, as it did not exist in ancient Greek, and has its origins in French. It is formed by the second plural person. E.g.  «Τι κάνετε κύριε Δήμου;» (Tee kanete  keerie Demou?) How…

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Tzatziki recipe Posted by on Sep 4, 2014

Tzatziki (τζατζίκι)  is related to souvlaki, the most famous Greek fast food and Greeks have a love-hate relationship with it: we love it because it’s creamy, fresh and piquant and we hate it because the garlic smell can turn a romantic moment to a disaster. Some people claim that consuming cinnamon or mint after eating…

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