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Once upon a time Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Vocabulary

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The Greek culture is very rich in fairy tales (παραμύθια) and stories. Together with these stories, some of which are common in the area of the Balkans, one can find the classic ones which have their origins in Western Europe. For those of you who like fairy tales, in this post there is a list of ten titles of popular fairy tales translated in Greek and a vocabulary related to fairy tales.


Ten classic fairy tales

1. Η Σταχτοπούτα= Cinderella

2. Η Χιονάτη και οι επτά νάνοι= Snow White and the seven dwarfs

3. Τα Τρία Γουρουνάκια= Three Little pigs

4. Η Κοκκινοσκουφίτσα= Red Riding Hood

5. Ο Κοντορεβιθούλης= Little Thumbling

6. Η Πεντάμορφη και το Τέρας= Beauty and the Beast

7. Η Τοσοδούλα= Thumbelina

8. Η Mικρή Γοργόνα= The Little Mermaid

9. To Κοριτσάκι με τα Σπίρτα= The Little Match Girl

10. O Παπουτσωμένος Γάτος= Puss in Boots



Μια φορά κι έναν καιρό= once upon a time

Κι έζησαν αυτοί καλά κι εμείς καλύτερα= and they lived happily ever after (lit: they lived well and we lived better)

ο βασιλιάς= king

η βασίλισσα= queen

ο πρίγκιπας= prince

η πριγκίπισσα= princess

ο μάγος= wizard

η μάγισσα= witch

η νεράιδα= fairy

το ξωτικό= elf

ο νάνος= dwarf

ο γίγαντας= giant

ο δράκος= dragon

η κακιά μητριά= evil stepmother

το παλάτι= palace

το κάστρο= castle

η καλύβα= hut

ο κυνηγός= hunter

το άλογο= horse

ο βάτραχος= frog

ο λύκος= wolf

ο γάτος= cat

το ποντίκι= mouse

τα πουλιά= birds

το δάσος= forest

το σπαθί= sword

το μαγικό ραβδί= magic wand

ο καθρέφτης= mirror

το κρυστάλλινο γοβάκι= glass slipper

η κολοκύθα= pumpkin

το φιλί= kiss


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If you want to read children stories in Greek, check these links:


Beauty and the Beast in Greek (song)


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Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.