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Our Everyday Greek: This February We Speak in Greek about Persons We Love

February 19, 2018
Dimitra Pontoporou

Η μαμά μου με αγαπάει means My mom loves me. Αγαπάει is loves, μου is my and με is me.

WHO ELSE LOVES YOU?

Greek phrase            Pronunciation          Meaning

Ο μπαμπάς μου με αγαπάει.           O baBAS moo ME ayaPAi. My dad loves me.

Ο αδελφός με αγαπάει.           EE maMA moo ME ayaPAi.           My brother loves me.

Η αδελφή μου με αγαπάει.      EE adelFEE moo ME ayaPAi.       My sister loves me.

Ο άντρας μου με αγαπάει.       O Antras moo ME ayaPAi.  My husband loves me.

Η γυναίκα μου με αγαπάει. EE yiNEka moo ME ayaPAi.          My wife loves me.

Ο φίλος μου με αγαπάει.     O FEElos moo ME ayaPAi.            My friend loves me.

Η φίλη μου με αγαπάει. EE FEEli moo ME ayaPAi.           My friend loves me.

Η γιαγιά μου με αγαπάει. EE yiayiA moo ME ayaPAi.       My grandma loves me.

Ο παππούς μου με αγαπάει. O paPOOS moo ME ayaPAi.                      My grandpa loves me.

WHOM DO WE LOVE?

Εμείς αγαπάμε τη γιαγιά.        EMEES ayaPAme TEE yiayiA.      We love grandma.

Εσείς αγαπάτε τη γιαγιά;        eSEESayaPAte TEE yiayiA?         Do you love grandma?

Τα παιδιά αγαπάνε τον παππού.   TA pediAayaPAne TON paPOO.  Kids love grandpa.

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

Keep in mind that the object (whom?) where the verb’s action goes is in the accusative case. The articles τον and την 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. Therefore, we don’t say τονπαππούς, but τονπαππού.

BASIC GRAMMAR: ΑΓΑΠΑΩ

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

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Εγώ αγαπάω/αγαπώ            eYO ayaPAo, ayaPO           I love

Εσύ αγαπάς   eSEE ayaPAS          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        The kids love

VOCABULARY

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Μαμά  maMA             mom

Μπαμπάς       baBAS           dad

Παππούς       paPOOS        grandpa

Γιαγιά yiayiA grandma

Αδελφός         adelFOS        brother

Αδελφή                       adelFEE                    sister

Φίλος  FEElos           friend (male)

Φίλη    FEEli  friend (female)

Άνδρας           Andras           husband

Γυναίκα                      yiNEka           wife

Ταπαιδιά        TA pediA        kids

Ποιον              piyON?           Whom?

Με       ME      me

Μου    MOO   my

Τον      TON    the (acc. masculine)

Την      TEEN the (acc. feminine)

GREEK WORDS IN ENGLISH

The Greek word άντρας or άνδρας means both man and husband and occurs in English words like androgen, androgyny. The Greek word γυναίκα or γυνή in ancient Greek occurs in words like gynecology, androgyny.

EXERCISES

Answer the question Who loves you? Ποιοςσεαγαπάει; Match the Greek phrases with their translation in English.

1.Ο μπαμπάς μου με αγαπάει.                   1. My friend Helen loves me.

  1. Η αδελφή μου με αγαπάει. 2. My grandma loves me.
  2. Ο άντρας μου με αγαπάει. 3. My husband loves me.
  3. Η γυναίκα μου με αγαπάει. 4. My grandpa loves me.
  4. Η φίλη μου η Ελένη με αγαπάει. 5. My dad loves me.
  5. Η γιαγιά μου με αγαπάει. 6. My sister loves me.
  6. Ο παππούς μου μ εαγαπάει. 7. My wife loves me.

Put the article in the correct case. Example: Ο Πέτρος αγαπάει την Ελένη.

  1. Η Ελένη αγαπάει … Πέτρο.
  2. Εγώ αγαπώ … Ειρήνη.
  3. Εσύ αγαπάς .. μαμά σου;
  4. Εμείς αγαπάμε … γιαγιά.
  5. Εσείς αγαπάτε … παππού;
  6. Τα παιδιά αγαπούν … μπαμπά.

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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