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Our Everyday Greek: On Mother’s Day we Say our Wishes to Mom in Greek

May 14, 2018
Dimitra Pontoporou

Μ: Την Κυριακή είναι η γιορτή της μητέρας.
TEEnkiriaKEEEEne EE yioRTEE TEES miTEras.
On Sunday it is Mother’s Day.

Π: Ναι, γιορτάζουν οι μαμάδες όλου του κόσμου.
NE, yioRTAzoonOLes EE maMAdes TOO KOsmoo.
Yes, in the whole world moms celebrate.

Μ: Τι δώρο θα κάνεις στη μαμά σου;
TEE DOro THA KAnis STEE maMAsoo?
What gift will you give to your mom?

Π: Ένα μπουκέτο λουλούδια και μία κάρτα με ευχές.
EnabooKEtolooLOOdia KE MEEaKArta ME efHES.
A bouquet of flowers and a card.

Μ: Εγώ, ένα μπουκέτο τριαντάφυλλα και μια κάρτα.
eYOEnabooKEtotrianTAfila KE MEEaKArta.
Me,a bouquet of flowers and a card.

Π: Τι θα γράψεις στην κάρτα;
TEE THA YRApsisSTEEnKArta?
What will you write in the card?

Μ: «Αγαπημένημουμαμά,
ayapiMEni moo maMA,
Mybelovedmom,

Είσαι η καλύτερη μαμά του κόσμου.
EEse EE kaLEEterimaMATOOKOsmoo.
You are the best mom in the world.

Σεαγαπώπάραπολύ.
SE ayaPOPArapoLEE.
I love you very much.

Φιλάκια πολλά και μια μεγάλη αγκαλιά.
fiLAkiapoLA KE miAmeYAliagkaliA.
Lots of kisses and a big hug.

Η κορούλα σου.»
EEkoROOlasoo
Your daughter.

Εσύτιθαγράψεις;
eSEE TEE THA yRApsis?
What will you write?

Π: «Μανούλαμουγλυκιά,
maNOOLa moo ylikiA,
Mysweetmom,

Σε αγαπώ πολύ πολύ.
SE ayaPOpoLEEpoLEE.
I love you a lot.

Να είσαι πάντα καλά και χαρούμενη.
NA EEsePAntakaLA KE haROOmeni.
May you always be well and happy.

Ο γιος σου.»
OyiOSsoo
Your son.

BASIC VOCABULARY
Greek word Pronunciation Meaning
ΤηνΚυριακή TEEN kiriaKEE On Sunday
Είναι EEne is
Ηγιορτή EE yioRTEE celebration
Ηγιορτήτηςμητέρας EE yioRTEE TEES miTEras Mother’s Day
Γιορτάζουν yioRTAzoon they celebrate
Ημητέρα EE miTEra mother
Ημανούλα EE maNOOLa mommy
Ημαμά EE maMA mom
Τηςμαμάς TEES maMAS of my mom, mom’s
Στημαμά STEE maMA to mom
Οιμαμάδες EE maMAdes moms
Ημαμάμου EE maMA moo my mom
Ημαμάσου EE maMAsoo your mom
Όλου Oloo of the whole
Τουκόσμου TOO KOsmoo of the world
Τι TEE what
Δώρο DOro present, gift
Θακάνεις; THA KAnis? will you do?
έναμπουκέτο EnabooKEto a bouquet
ταλουλούδια TA looLOOdia flowers
τατριαντάφυλλα TA triaNTAfila roses
και KE and
μίακάρταMEEa Karta a card
στηνκάρτα STEEN Karta on the card
οιευχές EE efHES wishes
με ME with
θαγράψεις; THA YRApsis? will you write?
αγαπημένημου ayapiMEni moo my beloved, my dear
είσαι EEse you are
ηκαλύτερη EE kaLEEteri the best
σεαγαπώ SE ayaPO I love you
πολύ poLEE very, a lot
πάραπολύ PArapoLEE very much
πολλά poLA many
φιλάκια fiLAkia kisses
μιααγκαλιά miAagkaliA a hug
μεγάλη meYAli big
ηκορούλασου EE koROOlasoo your daughter
γλυκιά ylikiA sweet
ναείσαικαλά NA EEsekaLA may you be well
πάντα PAnta always
χαρούμενη haROOmeni happy
ογιοςσου o yiOSsoo your son

EXERCISE
1. On Mother’s Day write a wishes card in Greek for your mom. Complete the sentences.
«Αγαπημένη μου ……..,
Σε αγαπώ …….
Είσαι ……………….
Να είσαι ……….
Φιλάκια …..
Μια μεγάλη ……..
Ο/ Η ………. σου.»
2. Try to answer the questions in Greek.
Πότε είναι η γιορτή της μητέρας;
………………………………………………….
Τι δώρο θα κάνεις στη μαμά σου;
………………………………………………….
Τι θα γράψεις στην κάρτα;
………………………………………………….

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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