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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: 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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Cotton candy or old woman’s hair? Greek idioms Posted by on Jul 14, 2019

The word μαλλί takes different meanings depending on the context. It can mean hair, wool and yarn. There are many idioms and proverbs used in colloquial Greek. Πόσο πάει το μαλλί; (How much does it cost?) «Βρήκα δωμάτια στο καινούργιο ξενοδοχείο.» «Πόσο πάει το μαλλί;» (“I found rooms at the new hotel.” “How much do…

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Greek Idioms: verb to see Posted by on May 31, 2019

Γεια σας! One of the most common verbs is βλέπω (to see). In this post we will see the different meanings and uses of this verb.   #1. to see Βλέπεις εκείνο το σπίτι; / Do you see that house? #2. to watch Βλέπω τηλεόραση. / I am watching television. #3. to look at Μου…

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Use of the Greek verb to want Posted by on Sep 7, 2018

The verb θέλω (to want) is one of the first verbs to learn. In this post, we will explore how it can be used in different contexts.     θέλω: to want it is followed by: a) a noun E.g: Θέλω παγωτό. / I want an ice-cream. b) να + verb in the Subjunctive Mood…

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Greek verbs: to see Posted by on Oct 6, 2017

Greek verbs can be used in different contexts. Βλέπω (to see, to look, to watch) is one of the first verbs beginners learn and sometimes they find its meaning confusing. In this post there are some examples of the use of this verb in different contexts. Βλέπεις εκείνο το σπίτι; Do you see that house?…

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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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