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Uses of the Passive Voice in Modern Greek Posted by on Sep 10, 2020

Γεια σας! It is time to do some grammar, so today we will see the use of the Passive voice (Παθητική φωνή.) The Passive voice includes all the verbs ending in -μαι (έρχομαι, κοιμάμαι, γεννιέμαι)   a. Some verbs are morphologically passive, i.e. they end in -μαι but their meaning is active. Examples: Ο Πέτρος…

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Greek verbs and pronouns: common phrases Posted by on Jul 14, 2020

Γεια σας! To day we will take a look at some common phrases composed by a personal pronoun, used as direct object and a verb. The verb is not conjugated. It is put in the 3rd person, singular or plural, and it takes a subject in the nominative case. Below, there is the conjugation of…

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Celebrate Greek Easter with two recipes Posted by on Apr 16, 2020

Γεια σας! Σήμερα είναι Μεγάλη Πέμπτη (Holy Thursday) και την Κυριακή είναι το Πάσχα (Easter). In Greece, today we make τσουρέκι (Easter bread), κουλουράκια (cookies) and κόκκινα αυγά (we dye boiled eggs red). I would like to share two videos with you, in case you want to make your own τσουρέκι and κουλουράκια. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbU2jHPsK58 Λέξεις…

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News from Greece: election of the President of the Republic Posted by on Jan 22, 2020

Today is an important day for Greece because it is the first time that a woman is elected as President of the Republic (Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας).The new President is Αικατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου (Ekaterini Sakelaropoulou), former president of the Council of State (Συμβούλιο της Επικρατείας). If you read newspapers in Greek, you are likely to find vocabulary…

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Understanding colloquial Greek Posted by on Sep 30, 2019

Do you find it hard to understand the Greeks when they speak, even though your Greek is good? This happens because they speak fast and also because they do not always pronounce the words and phrases as they write them. In this post, we will see how the Greeks speak when they interact in an…

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Ten Common Greek verbs in the Imperative Mood Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

Γεια σας! In this post we will see the Imperative mood of ten passive verbs which are commonly used by native speakers. The tenses given are Ενεστώτας (Present), Αόριστος (Past Simple) and Προστακτική (Imperative).   #1. Ενεστώτας:έρχομαι (to come) Αόριστος:ήρθα Προστακτική:έλα / ελάτε Example:Παιδιά, ελάτε μέσα, βρέχει! / Children, come in, it’s raining!…

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Greek Impersonal Verbs Posted by on Apr 15, 2019

Γεια σας! In this post we will see the use some commons impersonal verbs. They are used in the third singular person and do not have a noun or pronoun as subject.     Ρήματα (verbs)   #1. χρειάζεται : need to do Δε χρειάζεται να έρθεις και εσύ μαζί μας αύριο. / There is…

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