These are the lyrics of the song we traditionally sing on New Year’s Eve, at midnight, when the lights turn off. «Πάει ο παλιός ο χρόνος, ας γιορτάσουμε παιδιά…» = “The old year is gone, let’s celebrate…”. Below are the lyrics translated in English.Though at a first glance the words sound strange and unknown, most of them are roots of modern English words. This is explained below to facilitate your learning.
THE NEW YEAR’S EVE SONG
Greek phrase Pronunciation Meaning
Πάειοπαλιόςοχρόνος PAi O paliOS O HROnos The old year is gone
αςγιορτάσουμεπαιδιά. AS yioRTAsoome pediA let’s celebrate, kids.
ΉρθεονέοςμεταδώραEErthe O NEos ME TA Dora The new year has come with gifts
μετραγούδιακαιχαρά. ME traYOOdia KE haRA with songs and joy.
Γέρεχρόνε, YEre HROne Old year,
φύγετώρα, FEEye Tora go now,
πάει η δική σου η σειρά. PAi EE dikEE soo EE siRA your turn is gone.
Ήρθεονέοςμεταδώρα EErthe O NEos ME TA Dora The new year has come with gifts
με τραγούδια και χαρά. ME traYOOdia KE haRA with songs and joy.
Καλήχρονιά, kale horniA Happy new year,
Χρόνιαπολλά. HROnia poLA live long.
Χαρούμενη haROOmeni Happy
η χρυσή Πρωτοχρονιά. EE hriSEE protohroniA Golden New Year’s Day.
Greek word Pronunciation Meaning
Πάει PAi is gone
Ο παλιός OpaliOS old
Ονέος O NEos new, young
Ο χρόνος OHROnos year
Ήρθε EErhte has come
Ταδώρα TA DOra gifts
Τατραγούδια TA traGOOdia songs
Ηχαρά EE haRA joy
Γέρεχρόνε YEre HROne old year
Φύγε FEEye go, go away
Τώρα Tora now
Ησειρά EE siRA the turn
Η δική σου EEdiKEEsoo your
Καλή kale good, happy
Χρονιά hroniA year
Χρόνιαπολλά HROnia poLA live long
Χαρούμενη haROOmeni happy, joyful
Ηχρυσή EE hriSEE golden
ΗΠρωτοχρονιά EE protohroniA New Year’s Day
GREEK WORDS IN ENGLISH
Though they seem unfamiliar, most of the lyrics’ words are used in English.
Παλιός: In English we find this Greek word in paleography (ηπαλαιογραφία), which means the study of old texts or in paleontology (ηπαλαιοντολογία), paleolithic (ηπαλαιολιθική).
Γέρος: In Greek means old in terms of the humans’ life span, while παλαιός refers to old objectsand as a first compound it refers to distant times of prehistory (see above). In English we find the word γέρος in the term Geriatric, the branch of Medical Science that specializes in the treatment of old men.
Οχρόνος, ηχρονιά, ταχρόνια: all three words means the year,-s. Derivatives in English are words like the chrono+logy, the chronicle, the chrono+meter.
Παιδιά: It is the first compound of derivatives in English like pediatric and pedagogy.
Νέος: In English new.
Δώρα: The English name Dora from Theodora (=Θεοδώρα), which means God’s gifts (Θεός =God+δώρα).
Τραγούδια: A similar word, which also exists in English is tragedy, ητραγωδία. Etymologically, the tragedy, in Greek ητραγωδία and τατραγούδια as well come from the word τράγος, which means male goat and ωδή, ode, the song. The roots of both tragedy and τραγούδια are in Dionysus cult; priests and men in goat skin would sing and dance during Dionysus ceremonies.
Χαρά: from this verb derive in English the words charisma, charismatic.
Καλή:In English we find this word as a compound in words like calligraphy.
Χρυσή: Besides the name Chrysoula, the Greek word χρυσή is to be found in the name Croesus.
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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