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Examples on the use of Greek verbs Posted by on Feb 1, 2016

The use of the conjunctions να (to), ότι and πως (that) confuses the learners. Some verbs are followed only by να, some others are followed only by ότι or πως and some others can be followed by the three conjunctions. In this post there is a list of some common verbs and examples of their…

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Use of the Greek articles Posted by on Jan 27, 2016

One of the challenges beginners and intermediate students face is the right use of the definite and the indefinite articles. When it comes to articles, Greek is very particular. For example, the definite article is always used with people names, in the nominative, genitive and accusative cases: ο Πέτρος. / Το βιβλίο του Πέτρου. /…

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New Year’s Day with a Greek song Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

It’s time to listen to Greek music! If you want to practice listening comprehension, you can fill in the blanks with the missing verbs. Listen to the song a couple of times first, and then do the exercise. If you are not in the mood for a listening comprehension exercise, feel free to see the…

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About feminine nouns Posted by on Nov 30, 2015

Most feminine nouns which end in –η form the plural in –ες: η κόρη, οι κόρες (daughter, daughters), η φίλη, οι φίλες (friend, friends), η ανάγκη, οι ανάγκες (need, needs) etc. However, some of them have their own declination. They form two groups: 1. They are stressed on the penultimate syllable. Examples: Αυτό το κλειδί…

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Speak Greek to your teacher! Posted by on Sep 14, 2015

Most beginners try to avoid using their first language when addressing the teacher, but sometimes they are discouraged because of their limited vocabulary. In this post, there are some common phrases that you can use in class. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment. English Greek (informal) Greek (formal) We can speak…

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Use of Greek: verb to switch on Posted by on Aug 10, 2015

Sometimes students are not sure which verb means to turn an appliance on. The most common verb is ανοίγω (aneego) which means “to open” but also “to turn/switch on”: Ανοίγω τα μάτια μου. (Anigo ta matia mou). I open my eyes. / Ανοίγω το παράθυρο. (Anigo to parathiro). I open the window. With some nouns…

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Phrases to use at a Greek hotel Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

In most Greek hotels service speak English so travelers can communicate their needs. However, sometimes the service in small, family-run hotels are not fluent in English so the knowledge of basic Greek could be useful. Below, there is a list of some common requests and simple questions in Greek with a transliteration. It’s not a problem…

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