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Our Everyday Greek: This November we Speak in Greek on Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2017
Dimitra Pontoporou

Try to match the Greek words with their translation in English.

Α. Ποιοι είναι οι προσκαλεσμένοι στο τραπέζι, την Ημέρα των Ευχαριστιών; Who is invited toThanksgiving dinner?

1.O αδελφόςτουμπαμπάμου.          1. My friend’s cousin, male.

  1. H αδελφήτηςμαμάςμου. 2. Myuncle.
  2. O ξάδελφος της φίλης μου. 3. My cousin, female.
  3. H ξαδέλφημου. 4. My mom’s sister.
  4. O θείοςμου. 5. My aunt.
  5. H θείαμου. 6. Mydad’sbrother.
  6. Η φίλη μου η Γιωργία. 7. MyfriendNikos.
  7. Ο φίλος μου ο Νίκος. 8. My friend Georgia.
  1. Now make two lists and classify the above persons by answering the questions: Who are your relatives? Whoareyourfriends?

Οι συγγενείς μου είναι:

Οι φίλοι μου είναι:

  1. What do you do on Thanksgiving Day?

Την Ημέρα των Ευχαριστιών:

  1. Εμείς τρώμε γαλοπούλα. 1. We don’t have school.
  2. Τρώμεκολοκυθόπιτα. 2. Do you eat sweet potatoes?
  3. Εσείςτρώτεγλυκοπατάτες; 3. We don’t work.
  4. Δεν δουλεύουμε. 4. Weeatpumpkinpie.
  5. Δεν έχουμε σχολείο. 5. Weeatturkey.
  6. Πάμε βόλτα στο δάσος. 6. We offer a meal.
  7. Eμείςκάνουμετραπέζι. 7. We thank God.
  8. Εμείςτρώμεόλοιμαζί. 8. All relatives we eat together.
  9. Όλοι οι συγγενείς τρώμε μαζί. 9 We eat all together.
  10. ΕυχαριστούμετοΘεό. 10. We go for a walk in the woods.
  11. Εμείς κάνουμε βόλτα στο πάρκο. 11. We stroll in the park.
  1. Whom do you thank?

1.Ευχαριστώ το Θεό.           1. IthankCostas.

  1. Ευχαριστώ τη μαμά μου. 2. Ithankyou.
  2. Ευχαριστώ τη φίλη μου. 3. I thank God.
  3. Ευχαριστώ τον Κώστα. 4. I thank my friend.
  4. Σεευχαριστώ. 5. I thank my mom.

BASIC VOCABULARY

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

η ημέρα / μέρα           EE iMEra / MEra day

των Ευχαριστιών      TOOn efharistiON Thanksgiving

εμείς κάνουμε τραπέζι         eMEES KAnoome traPEzi we offer a meal

στο σπίτι        STO SPEEti in our house, at home

οικαλεσμένοι, -ες      EE kaleSMENi, -es  guests

Ο αδελφός     O adelPHOS brother

Η αδελφή       EE adelPHEE           sister

Τα αδέλφια     Ta aDElphia  siblings

Τα ξαδέλφια   Ta xaDElphia            cousins

Ο ξάδελφος   O XAdelphos            Male cousin

Η ξαδέλφη     EE xaDElphi Female cousin

Ο θείος           O THEeos      uncle

Η θεία EE THEEa     aunt

Ο μπαμπάς    O baBAs        dad

Του μπαμπά  TOO baBA     dad’s

Η μαμά           EE maMA      mom

Της μαμάς      TEES maMAs           mom’s

Ο φίλος                      O FEElos       friend (male)

Η φίλη            EE FEELi      friend (female)

Μου    MOO   my, mine

Σου     SOO   your

(εγώ) ευχαριστώ       (eYO) efhariSTO                  (I) thank

Σε ευχαριστώ            SE efhariSTO           I thank you

Εμείς ευχαριστούμε             eMEES efhariSTOOme      we thank

ο Θεός            O theOS         God (Nominative case)

το Θεό            TO theO         God (Accusative case)

εμείς έχουμε  eMEES Ehoome      we have

δεν DEN        not

εγώ δουλεύω            eYO dooLEvo           I work

εμείς δουλεύουμε     eMEES dooLEvoome          we work

δεν έχουμε     DEN Ehoome           we don’t have

το σχολείο      TO shoLEEo school

εμείς τρώμε   eMEES TROme        we eat

εσείς τρώτε    eSEES TROte          you eat

οι συγγενείς   EE sigeNEES           relatives

η γαλοπούλα EE yaloPOOla          turkey

οι γλυκοπατάτες       EE ylikopaTAtes       sweet potatoes

η κολοκυθόπιτα        EE kolokiTHOpita    pumpkin pie

Η βόλτα          EE VOlta        walk, stroll

Το δάσος       TO dAsos       forest

Το πάρκο       TO PArko       park

Πάμε   PAme let’s go, we go

Κάνουμε βόλτα         KAnoome VOlta                   we go for a walk, stroll

Στο      STO    at, in

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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