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Our Everyday Greek: Do you Love Me? Say it in Greek!

February 24, 2018
Dimitra Pontoporou

Με αγαπάς; Do you love me?

I love you is Σε αγαπάω or Σε αγαπώ.

WHOM DO YOU LOVE?Ποιοναγαπάς;

ΑγαπάωτονΚώστα. I love Kostas.

Αγαπάω την Ελένη. IloveEleni.

Αγαπάω τη μαμά μου. I love my mom.

Αγαπάω τον μπαμπά μου. I love my dad.

Αγαπάω τον άντρα μου. Ilovemyhusband.

Αγαπάω τη γυναίκα μου. I love my wife.

Τhe articles το (ν) and τη (ν) refer to the accusative case of the person’s name. Τον is for men and την for women. Note that the masculine names in the accusative case omit the final -ς. We don’t say τονΚώστας, but τονΚώστα.

DΟES HE/SHE LOVE ME? Μεαγαπάει;

Αγαπάει is the third person singular present tense of the verb αγαπάω. Με isme, μου ismy.

Ο άντρας μου με αγαπάει.               Myhusbandlovesme.

Η γυναίκα μου με αγαπάει.             My wife loves me.

WHO LOVES WHOM?Ποιον αγαπάει;

Η Μαρία αγαπάει τον Πέτρο. MarialovesPetros.

Η Ελένη αγαπάει τον Κώστα. Eleni loves Kostas.

IS HE/SHE IN LOVE? Είναι ερωτευμένη;Είναιερωτευμένος;

Ερωτευμένος is the male person who is in love and ερωτευμένη is the female person, who is in love. With is με and always goes with the accusative case of the person.

Είμαι ερωτευμένη με τον άντρα μου. I am in love with my husband.

Ο άντρας μου είναι ερωτευμένος με εμένα. My husband is in love with me.

Είμαι ερωτευμένος με τη γυναίκα μου. I am in love with my wife.

Η γυναίκα μου είναι ερωτευμένη με εμένα. My wife is in love with me.

WHOM DO THE KIDS LOVE?

Εμείς αγαπάμετηγιαγιά.       EMEES ayaPAme TEE yiayiA.      We love grandma.

Εσείς αγαπάτετηγιαγιά;       eSEESayaPAte TEE yiayiA?         Doyoulovegrandma?

Τα παιδιά αγαπάνε τον παππού.   TA pediAayaPAne TON paPOO.  Kidslovegrandpa.

Τα παιδιά αγαπάνε τη γιαγιά.          TA pediAayaPAne TEE yiayiA.     Kids love grandma.

BASIC GRAMMAR: ΑΓΑΠΑΩ

This is how the verb αγαπάω, I love, is conjugated

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Εγώ αγαπάω/αγαπώ           eYOayaPAo, ayaPO            I love

Εσύ αγαπάς  eSEEayaPAS           you love

Η Μαρία αγαπάει/ αγαπά    EE maREEaagaPAi, ayaPA          Maria loves

Εμείς αγαπάμε                      eMEESayaPAme     we love

Εσείς αγαπάτε          eSEESayaPAte        you love

Τα παιδιά αγαπάνε/αγαπούν          TA pediAayaPAne/ayaPOON        Kids love

VOCABULARY

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Είμαι ερωτευμένος.  EEmeerotevMEnos.            I am in love. (male)

Είμαι ερωτευμένη.    EEmeerotevMEni.    I am in love. (female)

Είσαι ερωτευμένος;  EEseerotevMEnos?            Are you in love? (male)

Είσαι ερωτευμένη;    EEseerotevMeni?    Are you in love? (female)

Είναι ερωτευμένος.  EEneerotevMEnos. He is in love.

Είναι ερωτευμένη.    EEneerotevMEni.    She is in love. (female)

Με ποιον;       ME piyON?    With whom?

Μαμά  maMA             mom

Μπαμπάς       baBAS           dad

Παππούς       paPOOS        grandpa

Γιαγιά yiayiA grandma

Άνδρας           Andras           husband

Γυναίκα                      yiNEka           wife

Ταπαιδιά        TA pediA        kids

Μου    MOO   my

Με       ME      me, with

Τον      TON    the (acc. masculine)

Την      TEEN the (acc. feminine)

Εμένα eMEna           me

EXERCISE

WHOM DOES SHE LOVE? Ποιον αγαπάει; Form your answer like in the given example.
Ποιον αγαπάει η Δήμητρα; (Γιώργος)

Η Δήμητρα αγαπάει το Γιώργο.

Ποιον αγαπάει ο Πέτρος; (Μαρία)

Ποιον αγαπάει η Μαρία; (Πέτρος)

Ποιον αγαπάει η Ελένη; (Κώστα)

Ποιον αγαπάει ο Κώστας; (Ελένη)

WHO IS IN LOVE? Answer the below questions like in the given example.
Με ποιον είναι ερωτευμένη η Μαρία; (Νίκος)

Η Μαρία είναι ερωτευμένη με τον Νίκο.

Με ποιον είσαι ερωτευμένη; (Γιώργο)

Είμαι ερωτευμένη με τον Γιώργο.

Με ποιον είναι ερωτευμένη η Ελένη; (Κώστα)
Με ποιον είναι ερωτευμένος ο Κώστας; (Ελένη)

PRONUNCIATION KEY

i (ill), ee (beer), e (ever), o (organ), oo (boot), y (yes), h (helium), th (theory), d (the). The capitalized syllables are accented.

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