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Old prepositions in Modern Greek Posted by on Feb 16, 2022

The prepositions used in daily life are taught at an early stage. When Greek learners deepen their progress, they start using prepositions from ancient Greek or from καθαρεύουσα (katharevousa). Some of these prepositions are used in standard expressions. In this post you can see all the “older” prepositions with examples of their use. If you like…

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Listening Comprehension: The Village Coffee Shop Posted by on Feb 9, 2022

Usually Greek students find it difficult to practice listening comprehension. Most authentic resources contain video or audio files which are suitable for fluent speakers. In this post, there is an audio file and a listening comprehension activity, suitable for upper-intermediate students. It is a multiple choice exercise. First, read all the questions and then listen…

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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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Common phrases in Greek Posted by on Jan 24, 2022

Idiomatic expressions are difficult to learn. In this post, there is a list of phrases that a Greek native speaker uses in daily life. If you want to see more expressions, check this and this.     #1. πιάνω την πάρλα: to chatter, to talk a lot Παράδειγμα: H Μαργαρίτα έπιασε την πάρλα με τη…

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Greek vocabulary: Winter Solstice Posted by on Dec 21, 2021

Γεια σας! Happy winter solstice! This year I will deviate from the Christmas-vocabulary posts and I will give you a list of words related to earth as a planet. If you want prefer to learn about Christmas check here, here and here.   #1. θερινό ηλιοστάσιο (το): summer solstice Παράδειγμα: Σε πολλές χώρες γιορτάζουν το…

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Quiz: The story of yusurum Posted by on Dec 7, 2021

One of the most famous Athens landmarks is Μοναστηράκι (Monastiraki). This area is known for the flea market and for street fair which takes place every Sunday at πλατεία Αβησσυνίας. The street fair is also known as γιουσουρούμ (yusurum). Γιουσουρούμ was a Jewish merchant who lived in Athens in the 19th century. In this post…

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Word family in Greek: present Posted by on Nov 30, 2021

Γεια σας. We are going through a period of gratitude, which is materially by offering presents. Therefore, it is a nice opportunity to meet word family in Greek, whose kernel is the word “present”. If you interested in words families, check the post Word families in Greek: Part One and Word families in Greek: Part…

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