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Our Everyday Greek Review: This May we Speak in Greek about Sunny and Rainy Days

May 28, 2018
Dimitra Pontoporou

Unlike English in Greek we don’t say “What’s the weather today?”, but “What weather does it do today?”. Τι καιρόκάνεισήμερα; We use the verb κάνει, does, third person singular of the verb κάνω, to describe the weather. A common mistake is to say τικαιρόςείναισήμερα; Which is a direct translation from English, the weather is…

WHAT’S THE WEATHER?

Greek phrase            Pronunciation          Meaning

Τι καιρόκάνει TEE keROKAni        What’s the weather like

σήμερα;          SEEmera?     today?

Έχειήλιο.        EhiEElio        It is sunny, sunshine, shining

Έχειλιακάδα. EhiliaKAda.   It is sunny.

Έχεισυννεφιά.           EhisinefiA.    It is cloudy.

Έχειομίχλη.   EhioMEEhli. There is fog.

Έχειυγρασία. EhiiyraSEEa.            There is humidity.

Kάνεικρύο.     KAniKREEo.             It is cold.

Κάνειζέστη.    KAniZEsti.     It is hot, warm

Βρέχει.            VREhi.           Ιt is raining

Έχειήλιο         EhiEElio.       It is sunny, sunshine, shining

Θα έχει ήλιο   THAEhiEElio.           It will be sunny

Δεν έχει ήλιο  DENEhiEElio.          It isn’t sunny

Έχειλιακάδα. EhiliaKAda.   It is sunny.

Θα έχει λιακάδα.       THAEhiliaKAda.       It will be sunny.

Δεν θα έχειήλιο.        DEN THA EhiEElio.            There won’t be any sun.

Δεν θα έχει λιακάδα. DENTHAEhiliaKAda.          Itwon’tbesunny.

Δεν θα έχει συννεφιά.          DENTHAEhisinefiA.           It won’t be cloudy.

Θα βρέχει.      THA VREhi.  it will be raining

Βρέχει πολύδυνατά. VREhipoLEEdinaTA.          It is raining heavily.

Ρίχνει καρεκλοπόδαρα.       PEEhnikarekloPOdara.      It is raining cats and dogs.

Ψιχαλίζει. PsihaLEEzi. It is dropping.

Τι καιρό θα κάνει       TEE keRO THA KAni          What will the weather be like

αύριο; Avrio? tomorrow?

BASIC GRAMMAR

In order to form a question about the weather, we keep the word order and we just add the question mark at the end of the sentence.

Kάνει κρύο σήμερα. Κάνει κρύο σήμερα; -Ναι, κάνει κρύο.- Όχι, δενκάνεικρύο.

In order to form the negative form of the verb, we just put the word δεν in front of it.

In order to form the Future Tense we add the word θα in front of the verb. Θα κάνεικρύο. Δεν θα κάνεικρύο.

We omit the article before the weather nouns.

EXERCISES

Choose the right answer.

1.Κάνειπολύκρύοσήμερα;   1. Αύριο θα κάνει ζέστη.

Θα κάνει κρύο αύριο; 2. Σήμερα κάνει πολύ κρύο.
Κάνει ζέστη σήμερα; 3. Ναι, έχει ήλιο.
Έχει λιακάδα σήμερα; 4. Όχι,σήμερακάνεικρύο.

Match the Greek phrases with their translation in English.

1.Τι καιρό κάνει σήμερα;      1. Is it very cold?

Κάνειπολύκρύο; 2. Is it sunny?
Έχειλιακάδα; 3. What is the weather today?
Έχεισυννεφιά; 4. Is there humidity?
Έχειυγρασία; 5. It is cold.
Κάνειπολύκρύο. 6. Is it cloudy?
Έχειομίχλη. 7. It is foggy.
Βρέχειπολύ. 8. It is raining cats and dogs.
Ρίχνεικαρεκλοπόδαρα. 9. It is raininheavily.
Δεβρέχειπολύ. 10. It is not raining a lot.

Match the Greek phrases with their translation in English.

Τι καιρό θα κάνει αύριο; What will be the weather tomorrow?

Θα έχει λιακάδα όλη μέρα. 1. It will be sunny in the morning.
Θα έχει ήλιο το πρωί. 2. It will be sunshine all day.
Θα έχειομίχλη. 3. It will be foggy.
4.Θα κάνειζέστη.       4. It will be cold.

5.Θα κάνεικρύο.        5. It will be hot.

6. Θαβρέξειλίγο. 6. Itwillrainalittle.

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