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3 ways to welcome someone in Greek

That moment! When you finally arrive in Greece and you meet your Greek friends or relatives! What a special feeling! 🥰 Here are three ways you will hear people use to welcome you, in both informal (2nd person singular) and formal for two or more people (2nd person...

How to apologize in Greek

Ας δούμε τη δεύτερη και πολύ σημαντική χρήση των λέξεων - φράσεων «συγνώμη», «με συγχωρείς/είτε» και του ρήματος «λυπάμαι». Όταν θελουμε να απολογηθούμε δλδ να ζητήσουμε συγνώμη για κάτι θα ξεκινήσουμε την πρόταση μας χρησιμοποιώντας μια από αυτές τις τρεις φράσεις οι...

How to say “excuse me” in Greek

What do we say when we want to interrupt someone in a polite way or get someone’s attention? Well, next time you want to order something at your favorite cafeteria or taverna and want to get the attention of the barista or the waiter choose one of the two phrases...

Δυς ή δις;

Στην ελληνική γλώσσα υπάρχουν αρκετές σύνθετες* λέξεις με πρώτο συνθετικό το δ ι (σ)- ή το δ υ σ - τις οποίες γράφουμε πολλές φορές λάθος (εννοείται και οι φυσικοί ομιλητές!) καθώς τα δύο αυτά συνθετικά είναι ομόηχα (ακούγονται το ίδιο) . •Δι(σ) (με γιώτα) προέρχεται...

Talk about your favorite person or thing in Greek

How to talk about your favorite person or thing in Greek. Remember: Think beforehand if what you are going to talk about is masculine, feminine or neutral so that you choose the correct form from the three options corresponding to the three genders. So for example: if...

How to introduce someone in Greek

What to say when you want to introduce someone in Greek? Well, here are the three basic ways! Να σου συστήσω/ να σου γνωρίσω = let me introduce you to + name & article in accusative Να σου συστήσω / γνωρίσω (τον φίλο μου) ΤΟΝ Κώστα - (τη φίλη μου) ΤΗΝ Ελένη. (In...

Motivational quotes to help you with your study in Greek

You all have been there! That day or days that we didn’t feel like studying, felt unmotivated or tired. Here are some quotes when you need an extra boost on your motivation to help you continue or start your study! Remember, it’s not intelligence it’s persistence! An...

Make questions in Greek

Make questions in Greek! Here are all the words we use to make questions, to ask someone something. Don’t be shy! Go ahead and ask! Greeks are really direct, sometimes too much that they may embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable! But don’t worry, they don’t...

How to answer to (almost) all wishes in Greek

The obvious and the not so obvious (3rd on the list) which is used really often! Να’σαι καλά! = να είσαι καλά = Literally means “I wish you to be well” something like “take care” Να’στε καλά! = να είστε καλά! = formal way or addressing two or more people. Remember to...

7 ways to ask how someone is in Greek

As you already may know in Greek language we have to be precise about the context when we are talking or writing, meaning is it an informal comunicative situation (friends, family, people I know) or formal situation (my professors, employees in public places, older...

How to say “no” to an invitation in Greek

You are invited to go out by your Greek friend(s) but unfortunately you are busy. You have to say no, but you don’t want to sound rude or insult your friend(s) Remember to express either with the intonation, the tone of your voice, your facial expressions your...

How to accept an invitation in Greek

At last! You are invited by your Greek friends, or that guy or girl you met the other day and you cannot stop thinking about! So, what are we doing now? No worries! Here is how to accept an invitation in Greek, be polite and friendly!

How to invite someone in Greek

You want to go out with your new Greek friend or you want to ask out that Greek guy or girl you met the other day that you cannot stop thinking about! Here are some phrases to help you out and I think that you will be successful! You will use the the 2nd person of the...

5 ways to introduce yourself in Greek

Here are 5 ways to introduce yourself in Greek! So, let’s start with the most common one! *Με λένε + your name WITHOUT ARTICLE & WITHOUT the ending -S for the Greek male names *Είμαι + ALWAYS WITH ARTICLE *«Λέγομαι» και «ονομάζομαι» WITHOUT ARTICLE Number 1 and 2 are...

4 ways to ask someone’s name in Greek

4 ways to ask someone’s name in Greek, both in informal and formal way. No 1 is the most commonly used Number 2 and 3 are slightly formal, so you can use them in a more formal comunicative situations like with an employee in the post office, tax office etc The last...

Καύσωνας! Heatwave in Greece! All you need to know!

It is extremely hot today, and it’s going to be like that for the next days! So what better opportunity to learn some vocabulary about hot weather and the heat in Greek? Let’s start! Ο καύσωνας [kàfsonas] = the heat wave, swelter, sizzler (generally over 35C). It’s in...

Fun ways to learn Greek!

8 ways that transform language learning and traditional studying into fun, and having fun while you learn is globally known as highly effective! So drop that text book down and explore new fun ways to learn Greek!    

8 ways to stop translating in your head

A common mistake adult language learners do, is to translate from their native language to the target language, the language that they are studying and trying to learn. This approach can only be accepted for simple words, at beginners level, like nouns or verbs but...

Της ή τις;

Της» ή «τις»; 🤪 «Της» Si riferisce alla terza persona femminile (sia per esprimere il proprio possesso (suo,sua,suoi,sue) - το σπίτι της (=la sua casa) oppure ad esprimere il complemento indiretto (a lei, le) της δίνω (=le (a lei) do). «Τις» si riferisce sempre al...

Pillole di grammatica

Όταν έχουμε δύο αντικείμενα βάζουμε πρώτα την αντωνυμία στην γενική (μου, σου, του, της, του, μας, σας, τους) και έπειτα στην αιτιατική (τον, την, το, τους, τις, τα). Se ci sono due complementi oggetti si mette prima l’indiretto e poi il diretto cioè prima la persona...

Ancient Greek and Modern Greek through etymology

Στα Αρχαία Ελληνικά το ουσιαστικό «λύπη» δήλωνε πρωτίστως τον σωματικό πόνο! «θώρακες μὴ λυποῦντες ἐν τῇ χρείᾳ» = θώρακες που δεν ενοχλούν στη χρήση (όταν τους φορούν). Στα Νέα Ελληνικά δηλώνει πλέον το έντονο συναίσθημα μεγάλου ψυχικού πόνου, που προέρχεται συνήθ....

Expressing love in Greek ❤️

Are you in love? Do you love someone? Do you want to express your feelings in Greek? Well, then these phrases are just what you need! Love phrases in Greek! ❤️ Είσαι η γυναίκα της ζωής μου! = you are the woman of my life! Είσαι ο άντρας της ζωής μου! = You are the man...

Irregular verbs in Simple Future and Subjunctive Mood 1

First of all, there are 3 Future tenses: Simple, Continuous and Future Perfect. In this blog post we will see ONLY how some irregular verbs form the Simple Future Tense and the Simple Subjunctive Mood Just a quick reminder: The first part of the Simple Future (as in...

My Greek computer

Most useful vocabulary for computers in Greek plus examples! Enjoy! Internet: Διαδίκτυο (το) we use also quite often the English word. Σύνδεση: connection  computer: υπολογιστής (ο) We also use here the English word. Laptop: φορητός υπολογιστής (ο)  folder: φάκελος...

Προσωπικές αντωνυμίες / Personal pronouns

“I see you!” = Σε βλέπω but “ I talk to you!” Σου μιλάω Some verbs have a direct object (like «βλέπω») while others indirect (like «μιλάω») and some can get both, (like «παίρνω») Wow! Slowly you will distinguish them. I hope that this image will help you! Remember we...

Από το γλωσσικό μας παρελθόν

Η ελληνική γλώσσα φέρνει στο σώμα της τα γλωσσικά στοιχεία που χρησιμοποίησε ο ελληνικός λαός από τότε που άρχισε να μιλάει ως σήμερα. Όπως φέρνει στο σώμα της και όλες τις πολοτιστικες κληρονομιές της διαδρομής του ελληνικού λαού μέσα στους αιώνες. Είναι δίκαιο να...

Cosmos, beauty and ornaments!

Το ρήμα «κοσμώ» σημαίνει τακτοποιώ, διευθετώ, αλλά και στολίζω, καλλοπίζω. Οι αρχαίοι Έλληνες, που θαύμαζαν ιδιαίτερα την τάξη, ισορροπία και αρμονία του σύμπαντος, το ονόμασαν «κόσμον», δηλαδή «στολίδι». Ο Πλάτων αποκαλεί τον ουρανό [: το σύμπαν] κόσμον αληθινόν...

«Ωραίος» Beauty for Ancient Greeks

«Ώρα» και «ωραίος». Τι σχέση έχουν; Στα αρχαία ελληνικά το επίθετο «ωραίος» δηλώνε αυτόν που γίνεται την κατάλληλη στιγμή, την κατάλληλη εποχή κι επίσης «αυτόν που βρίσκεται στην ακμή του, τον ώριμο». Έτσι και η λέξη "ώρα» δήλωνε κάτι που γίνεται τον κατάλληλο χρόνο,...

«Φιλοσοφώ»

Φιλοσοφώ: Στην αρχική του ετυμολογική σημασία (φιλώ + σοφία) το ρήμα σημαίνει «αγαπώ τη σκέψη και τη γνώση». Η φιλοσοφία είναι φιλία, επιθυμία σοφίας. Ο Αριστοτέλης συνδέει άμεσα τη φιλοσοφική δραστηριοτητα με την αναζήτηση της αλήθειας. Γι’αυτον η φιλοσοφία αποσκοπεί...

“Ο λόγος” The rhetoric art in Ancient Greece

Ο πολιτισμός της πόλεως και ο λόγος. Το πιο σημαντικό χαρακτηριστικό του κοινωνικού συστήματος της ελληνικής πόλεως (ανεξάρτητα από το ιδιαίτερο πολίτευμα εκείνης ή της άλλης πόλης) είναι το γεγονός πως ο λόγος αποκτά εδώ μια εξαιρετική και μοναδική σημασία σε σχέση...

Τι ζέστη!

Τρίτη μέρα που παραμένουν οι υψηλές θερμοκρασίες στην Ελλάδα και όπως καταλαβαίνετε κάνει πολλή ζέστη! Να λοιπόν μερικές φράσεις (δίγλωσσο θεματικό λεξιλόγιο ελληνικά-ιταλικά) που ελπίζω να σας φανούν χρήσιμες! Ecco un lessico bilingue, greco -italiano con delle...

Τι είναι «επικοινωνία»;

Πολλές φορές στην πορεία για την κατάκτηση μιας καινούργιας γλώσσας, διαφορετική από την μητρική μας, παρασυρόμαστε από την προσπάθεια και ξεχνάμε τον βασικό σκόπο που οφείλει να υπηρετεί μια γλώσσα και κατ’επέκταση οι χρήστες-ομιλητές της. Η γλώσσα είναι ένας...

Τα βασικά χαρακτηριστικά της επικοινωνιακής προσέγγισης

Θεωρητικό υπόβαθρο και χαρακτηριστικά της Επικοινωνιακής Προσέγγισης Κάποιες από τις βασικές θεωρητικές αρχές στις οποίες βασίζεται η ΕΠ είναι οι παρακάτω: (α) Ο προφορικός λόγος έχει προτεραιότητα έναντι του γραπτού. (β) η χρήση της γλώσσας για επικοινωνία είναι πιο...

The most important verbs to know in Greek language

Here’s my list with the most common verbs in the Greek language. Once you know how to coniugate them, use them in sentences, write them down, stick them around the house, register your voice pronouncing them. Listen to the Greek you! Enjoy! είμαι – ìme – to be / Είμαι...

My 10 secrets for learning Greek!

My 10 secrets to create your little Greek world, when you are away from Greece and also tips and tricks for your study! Fill your ears. get as much input in your target language, in this case Greek, as you possible can! What does a small baby before starting to speak?...

Come mantenere la motivazione per imparare una lingua nel tempo?

Come mantenere la motivazione ad imparare una lingua nel tempo, in questo caso con il greco moderno? 🇬🇷 L’apprendimento di una lingua straniera è un processo che si sviluppa sul lungo periodo e ha bisogno di vari mesi, vari anni, di lavoro. Sfortunatamente invece, ci...

What happens when we speak a foreign language?

Speaking a foreign language is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. It gives you: *A deep connection with a new culture and the people that they speak the language (in this case, modern Greek and Greeks) *The chance to travel with ease *A sense of...

7 consigli per imparare il greco moderno

Imparare una lingua straniera è un compito che richiede tempo e impegno ma non è impossibile. Ecco alcuni consigli che ti saranno veramente utili, se studi la lingua greca! 1. Non perdere la fiducia in te stesso: Se hai intenzione di imparare il greco moderno, è...

La chiave di un apprendimento di successo

Molti fattori entrano in gioco quando si tratta di apprendere una lingua. Spesso quelli che vengono citati sono tra l’altro la personalità, l’età, la capacità ecc. Io sono convinta dopo più di dieci anni di insegnamento di lingue straniere sia a degli studenti adulti...

Βάλτε χρώμα στα ελληνικά!

Come usare i colori nello studio del greco moderno e in preciso come sfruttare il rapporto che c’è tra i colori e il processo di apprendimento così da usarli nel modo più efficace e rendere il tuo studio il più efficiente possibile. Vediamo insieme questo articolo...

Η ποικιλομορφία της γλώσσας

Ένα βασικό χαρακτηριστικό της γλώσσας είναι η ποικιλομορφία της. Η γλώσσα αλλάζει μέσα στον χρόνο (διαχρονικά) και έτσι έχουμε τις διάφορες φάσεις στην ιστορία της γλώσσας. Αλλά ακόμη και την ίδια εποχή (συγχρονικά) σε ένα κράτος που θεωρείται γλωσσικά ομοιογενές και...

So, what is a Language Retreat?

  You may have heard this new term if you are a language learner or into languages in general, but you’ve been wondering what excactly is it and most importantly is it worth it. So, let’s get it all clear for you, with this article from eurolinguist which explains it...

Language learning tips. Write down your goals.

Those who write down their goals accomplish significantly more than those who don’t. We know this instinctively, and there are plenty of studies to prove it.  Be specific, be small, measurable and with a certain deadline. So instead of writing “I want to learn Greek”...

No pain, no gain!

You get what you give! Do you apply this saying also to language learning? If you don’t commit yourself, if you hardly find time to study, to listen to write and to talk in Greek, how can you expect to have any progress in learning Greek? If you give no time and...

Tips from effective language learners #1

•They fail often, however •They celebrate their mistakes •They see mistakes as an opportunity to get better! Effective learners value mistakes and misunderstandings as opportunity to learn and improve. It’s not a failure to use the wrong grammar, or make a blatant...