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Quiz on Greek food Posted by on Mar 30, 2020

Γεια σας! If you are overwhelmed by watching the news about the COVID, take a break and do the quiz about Greek food. #1. Santorini (Σαντορίνη) is famous for: a. Vinsanto (sweet wine) b. fava (φάβα) c. white eggplant (λευκή μελιτζανα) d. all of the above   #2. You can drink λικέρ κουμκουάτ (kumquat liqueur)…

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Greek compound adjectives Posted by on Mar 11, 2020

Γεια σας! Today we will see some compound adjectives formed by καλο- (good) or κακο- (bad) and an adjective. καλόβολος: easy-going Παράδειγμα: Αν πας διακοπές με την Έλενα, θα περάσεις πολύ ωραία. Είναι καλόβολη και δεν παραπονιέται. / If you go on vacation with Elena, you will have a great time. She is easy-going and…

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News from Greece: election of the President of the Republic Posted by on Jan 22, 2020

Today is an important day for Greece because it is the first time that a woman is elected as President of the Republic (Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας).The new President is Αικατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου (Ekaterini Sakelaropoulou), former president of the Council of State (Συμβούλιο της Επικρατείας). If you read newspapers in Greek, you are likely to find vocabulary…

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Thessaloniki International Fair 2019: listening comprehension activity in Greek Posted by on Sep 5, 2019

The most important event in Greece at the moment is the International Fair in Thessaloniki, which takes place every year in September. It opens on the 7th of September and lasts eight days, it is open for everyone and it attracts visitors not only from Greece but also from the Balkans and Europe. If you…

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Time for a Greek song! Posted by on Aug 29, 2019

Γεια σας! It is time to explore Greek music, so the topic of this post is Με γέλασαν τα πουλιά, a Greek folk song from Thrace (Θράκη). The version I chose to present is by Θανάσης Ζήκας (Thanasis Zikas) and Εύη Σεϊτανίδου (Evi Seytanidou), known as Καντινέλια (Kadinelia). If you ever have the chance…

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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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Basic English phrases translated in Greek Posted by on Jun 30, 2019

Γεια σας! When speaking or writing in a foreign language, one of the biggest challenges is to avoid the direct translation of common expressions. In this post, there is a list of common English phrases translated in Greek. Until next time. The direct translation μέχρι την επόμενη φορά makes no sense in Greek. It’s better…

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