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Dr. Dimitra Kamarinou

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Our Everyday Greek: Τhirsty For a Fruit Juice? Καρπούζι, Πορτοκάλι,...

Greeks love fruits. Especially in the summer seasonal fruits may quench the thirst. The verb διψάω, I am thirsty, falls into the Conjugation B1 verbs category that can be easily distinguished by the stressed -άς ending of the second person singular. This is how it is conjugated: Greek verb Pronunciation…

Cinema’s and Theater’s Core Concepts are Greek

Though two millennia have passed, much of theater’s and cinema’s terminology, plot elements, and classification into genres have not changed significantly since antiquity. Greeks did not only gave the world the theater, as an idea of enacting in a specific place before a live audience a real or imagined story…

Our Everyday Greek: Μιλάτε Eλληνικά; Do You Speak Greek?

Μιλάτε ελληνικά; This the polite form to ask someone, if he speaks Greek. Possible answers can be: Ναι, μιλάω λίγο. (Yes, I speak a little.) Ναι, μιλάω πολύ καλά. (Yes, I speak very well.) Όχι δε μιλάω καθόλου. (No, I don’t speak Greek at all.) Ξέρω λίγες λέξεις. (I know…

How are Berliners Coping with the Christmas Market Attack?

A few hours after the Berlin Christmas market attack, these lines were posted on facebook by a young Berliner: “Don’t seek answers in fear, listen to all human sorrow, try to ease sufferance any way you can and if you may, empathise before and later understand.” Jesse P. invited people…

The world is shrinking! George Seferis, you are right.

Don’t you feel lately that the world narrows down and is constantly shrinking? Distant terrorists have reached our doorstep, Erdogan is yelling just in front of my gate door, and Scheuble sits in my kitchen criticizing my cooking habits. In Greece we don’t know any more what to expect, what…

Fighting the Flu with a Cretan Herbal Medicine

An increasing number of chemical and pharmacological studies, which strongly support traditional medicinal uses of Greek herbs against various illnesses such as sore throat, cough and gastric ulcer, have been reported recently. One of these herbs is an endemic plant of the island of Crete, which has been widely used…

Connecting Greek-Americans to the Ancient Theaters

The seats of the ancient theaters of Argos and Epidauros were filled by hundreds of citizens of downtrodden Greece, who irrespective of political beliefs came together determined to work for a common goal: the restoration and the revival of the ancient theaters. Among them were the first Greek-American volunteers, who…

A Pasta Party Leads the Trail to Rural Development

Father Aetios of the Panachrantos Monastery stirs the hylopites pasta inside the huge cauldron, fresh made and offered by Ioanna Louvaris for the party, while Chrysa Papaioannou from the Korthi Women Association displays local delicacies and Robert Karalis presents the runners the technical details of next day’s race. On October…

Our Everyday Greek: Order and buy in Greek, from vegetables...

KILO MEANS A THOUSAND The Greek word for one thousand is familiar to you, because it is the first compound of English words like kilo+meter, kilo+gram, kilo+byte. Kilo is the transliteration of the Greek word χίλιο->χίλια (HEElia), which means one thousand. Kilometer is το χιλιόμετρο (TO hiliOmetro) meaning a thousand…

Invasion in Thessaloniki: “They Belong to Us Because They’re Stolen”

  “They all belong to us, because they are all stolen. Occupy villas and abandoned buildings,” and “Common fights of the locals and the refugees” was written on the handouts that the members of the anti-authoritarian groups distributed to the congregation. On July 31 they invaded the Thessaloniki Cathedral during…