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Snowstorm in Greece: Vocabulary Posted by on Jan 31, 2022

The last days of January have been challenging. A heavy snowstorm hit Greece, especially Athens, and the country was totally unprepared to face the challenge. The snowstorm that was, ironically, called “Ελπίς” (i.e. “Hope”) , left many areas without electricity, blocked the streets of Athens, letting many drivers trapped in their cars and debunked the…

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A farewell to Mikis Theodorakis Posted by on Sep 6, 2021

Greece is mourning for the loss of Mikis Theodorakis who passed away on the 2nd of September. He was known worldwide as the composer of the music of the film Ζorba the Greek (1964). He was born in 1925 and he had origins from Crete and Minor Asia. He composed chamber music, operas, oratorios, symphonies…

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News from Greece: Greek Easter Posted by on Apr 30, 2021

Γεια σας και καλό Πάσχα! On Sunday the Greeks celebrate Easter. The government has imposed rules in order to avoid the spread of COVID. There is a curfew (απαγόρευση κυκλοφορίας) from 22:00 to 5:00. We can relocate after sending a text message to 13033 stating the code 6 and our name and address. A group…

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1821-2021: Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution Posted by on Mar 25, 2021

Γεια σας! Today it is bog day for Greece! We celebrate the Annunciation of Mary (Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου) but also the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution (200 χρόνια από την Ελληνική Επανάσταση) against the Ottomans, which started in 1821. The pandemic did not allow people to participate in the celebrations. However, many foreign politicians honored…

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Clean Monday in lockdown: Listening comprehension Posted by on Mar 15, 2021

Γεια σας! Σήμερα είναι Καθαρά Δευτέρα (Clean Monday) .We celebrate the beginning of the Lent and traditionally we spend the day with our family, we fast and children fly a kite (χαρταετός). This year, the lockdown restrictions prevented us from celebrating. However, some people managed to go to the park with their families. In this…

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Hear the voice of Greek women Posted by on Mar 8, 2021

Γεια σας! Ευχές για την Ημέρα της Γυναίκας! Happy Women’s Day! This year, the anniversary of International Woman’s Day (Παγκόσμια Ημέρα της Γυναίκας) has followed the “birth” of the #metoo movement in Greece. Greece is a conservative country where the concepts of patriarchy (πατριαρχία), and inequality (ανισότητα) grow without limitations. The lockdown restrictions have worsen…

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International Greek Language Day Posted by on Feb 9, 2021

Γεια σας! Today we celebrate the International Greek Language Day (Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Ελληνικής Γλώσσας). In the post you can read seven facts about the Greek language.   #1. Ελληνιστική Κοινή (Koine Greek) was the first international language (lingua franca). It is the language of the New Testament (Καινή Διαθήκη) and the Gospels (Ευαγγέλια).   #2…

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