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Greek blog is back! Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Geia sas! (Hello)

 

It’s been a long time since this blog was last updated. Now it’s time to bring it back in life!

My name is Dareios (Δάρειος) and I am the new writer for the Greek blog (Ελληνικό blog).

I would like to introduce myself since we are going to spend much time together learning about the beautiful Greek language and culture (Ελληνική γλώσσα και πολιτισμό).

I was born and grew up in a small city 10km to the west of Athens  (Αθήνα) and next to Pireus (Πειραιάς). As you may already know Athens is the capital city (πρωτεύουσα) of Greece and Pireus is the biggest harbor (λιμάνι) of the country.

I have lived with my parents and my older brother until the age of 18. I had a lovely life back there throughout both of its stages, childhood and teenage! But there was something more. I used to spend every summer (καλοκαίρι) in my grandparents’ house which is located in Salamina or Salamis. Salamis (Σαλαμίνα) is the closest island to Athens and it takes only 15 minutes travelling by boat (15 λεπτά ταξίδι με το καράβι) to reach it. My grandparents’ house is 10 min walking from the beach (παραλία). Needless to say that I had the best summers of my life there.

After I have finished high school (λύκειο) I moved to another city for my studies. I studied in Evia (Εύοια) which is also an island (νησί) 100km to the north of Athens and it is connected with the mainland of Greece by two bridges.

When I finished my studies I had to do my military service for a year and afterwards I left for Germany, where I live now, to do my graduate studies in Engineering.

So, that’s all about me, more or less.

Some basics about Greece and Greek:

Greece (Ελλάδα) is located to the southeast end of Europe (Ευρώπη). It is surrounded by the Aegean Sea (Αιγαίο Πέλαγος) from the east, the Ionian Sea (Ιόνιο Πέλαγος) frοm the west and the Mediterranean Sea (Μεσόγειος θάλασσα) from the south. Greece consists of 6000 islands and islets frοm which only 227 are inhabited.

The population of Greece is around 11 million people. Greek (ελληνικά) is spoken all over the country. There are some differences in the pronunciation and the vocabulary in some islands and cities, but this is not a problem in communication.

Together we are going to explore several aspects of Greek tradition and culture. Additionally we are going to learn some basic grammar and vocabulary. I hope to meet your expectations with my posts and have nice time together. Your suggestions on what you would like to be posted are very welcome.

Eis to epaneidin! (Until next time)

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Comments:

  1. Edward Ronish:

    so nice to have a Greek blog.

  2. Polyglot:

    looking forward to reading your next post

  3. Bianca:

    Γειά σου ! Αγαπάω η ελληνική γλώσσα, αλλά δεν μιλάω καλά ελληνικά και γι’αυτό θέλω να πάω του χρόνου στην Ελλάδα, να σπουδάσω.

    I from Romania and I love everything that has to do with Greece or the Greek language.
    I hope the blog will give interesting information about Greek culture and tradition.

  4. Zénobie:

    Hello,
    The blog is a nice idea. I started to learn the language – old greek – after reading “AJAX” …
    But I have problems with the accentuation :o( could you help?
    And if not, never mind, I’ll visit your blog anyway.
    Have a nice week
    Zénobie

    • dareios:

      @Zénobie Hi Zénobie,
      always happy to help.
      You said you are learning old Greek.
      The problems with the accentuation that you have are with the polytonic system (eg. ἡμῶν) or the simplified accentuation (eg.ημών)?