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“Animal” verbs in Greek Posted by on Mar 8, 2018

Γεια σας! A few years ago I wrote a post about animal words used when describing people. In this post, there is a list of slang words deriving from animal words. They are verbs and we use them everyday but when translated, they are less “revealing”.   If you use similar expressions in your language, feel…

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16 Greek expressions with the word black Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Γεια σας! In this post there are sixteen expressions and idioms with the adjective black (μαύρος, μαύρη, μαύρο). Some of them are common but others are rather old-fashioned.   Μαύρος can mean: #1. black Ο αδερφός μου αγόρασε ένα ωραίο μαύρο πουκάμισο. My brother bought a nice, black shirt. #2. dirty Αυτό το μπλουζάκι θέλει…

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Common Greek verbs: to fly Posted by on Jul 20, 2016

On of the most common Greek verbs is the verb πετάω (πέταξα in the Past Simple). It can take different meanings. In this post there are just a few examples of its use. Active voice to throw Πετάω τα σκουπίδια. To throw out the garbage. Πέτα μου τη μπάλα! Throw me the ball! to fly…

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Asking for Opinions Posted by on Jan 5, 2016

In Greek there are many phrases that can be used to ask for someone’s opinion. Some of these are followed by για, να or ότι. In this post, there are some of the most common phrases and examples of their use. The verbs are put in the second person singular. In a formal context, they…

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Describe your mood in Greek Posted by on Mar 16, 2015

One of my posts was about Geek idiomatic expressions related to feelings and mood. This post is about “mainstream” expressions that we use in order to express our feelings. We use the verb είμαι (to be) with a masculine or feminine adjective but sometimes we use a verb. In this case, the verb είμαι cannot…

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Greek Christmas vocabulary Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

Χρόνια πολλά! It will be Christmas soon so this post is about Christmas vocabulary. If you want to send wishes to your friends and family in Greek, below there are some common phrases that we use: Καλά Χριστούγεννα (kala hristougena): Merry Christmas Σου εύχομαι καλά Χριστούγεννα (sou efhomai kala hristougena): I wish you Merry Christmas…

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As cold as ice: standard expressions and idioms Posted by on Dec 18, 2013

There are seven days until Christmas and in Athens the temperature is nine degrees Celcius., i.e. it’s freezing cold. The weather has been people’s favorite topic of conversation in the last days. There are many standard phrases about cold that most learners are familiar with: 1. Κάνει κρύο (kani krio)= it’s cold. 2. Κρυώνω (kriono)=…

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