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Greece on lockdown: vocabulary from the news Posted by on Nov 6, 2020

Γεια σας! Greece will be put on lockdown tomorrow. In this post there is a list of words found in almost every newspaper article and newscast. Each word or phrase is followed by an example of its use in a sentence. In some cases the translation of the examples is literal. διάγγελμα (το)= formal speech…

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Greek history quiz Posted by on Oct 28, 2020

Γεια σας! Today is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus and we celebrate the refusal of Greece to allow the Italian forces to occupy Greek territories. In this post, there is a history quiz about Greece in World War II (Β’ Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος).     #1. The name of the Greek ship that was…

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Greek vocabulary: to be out of line Posted by on Oct 13, 2020

Γεια σας! We all know people who often act inappropriately and create problems to the others. Today we will see the most common phrases we use when someone “goes beyond the limits”, as we say in Greek.     Most of these expressions are formed by the prefix παρα- and a verb. Παρα- means excessively…

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Greek News: Education during the pandemic Posted by on Oct 5, 2020

Γεια σας! The school year has started on the 14th of September (14 Σεπτεμβρίου). In this post we will see some words and phrases related to the precautions taken due to the rise of the COVID cases (κρούσματα κορωνοϊού) in Greece.   Όλα τα παιδιά άνω των τεσσάρων ετών και οι εκπαιδευτικοί φοράνε μάσκες. Οι…

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Quiz on Greek idioms Posted by on Sep 22, 2020

Γεια σας! Do you understand Greek idioms and phrases? Do this quiz to find out: Pick (a) or (b) to translate the English phrases in Greek.   #1. I will start the washing machine. a. Θα βάλω μπρος το πλυντήριο. b. Θα αρχίσω το πλυντήριο. #2. I will make a lot of money. a. Θα…

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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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Street vendors in Greece Posted by on Aug 31, 2020

Γεια σας! Do you like shopping? How often do you go to the stores when you are in Greece? Perhaps you have noticed that there are a lot of street vendors, especially in the big cities. This form of trade is not illegal, provided that the sellers possess the state documents which give them permission…

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