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Our Everyday Greek: This October we Speak, Read, Write and Celebrate in Greek

October 28, 2017
Dimitra Pontoporou

Use the vocabulary below and try to match the phrases in English with their translation in Greek:

DO YOU SPEAK, DO YOU READ, DO YOU WRITE IN GREEK?

1.Μιλάω λίγα ελληνικά.        1. I speak a little Greek.

  1. Μιλάω καλά ελληνικά. 2. I write in Greek very well.
  2. Γράφω λίγο στα ελληνικά. 3. I write a little Greek.
  3. Γράφω καλά στα ελληνικά. 4. I read very well in Greek.
  4. Διαβάζω λίγο στα ελληνικά. 5. I write Greek very well.
  5. Διαβάζω καλά στα ελληνικά. 6. I speak Greek very well.
  6. Γράφεις στα ελληνικά; 7. Do you speak Greek?
  7. Μιλάς ελληνικά; 8. Do you read in Greek?
  8. Διαβάζεις βιβλία στα ελληνικά; 9. Do you write in Greek?

YES, WE DO READ AND WRITE IN GREEK

  1. Γράφουμε ασκήσεις στο σπίτι. 1. We write with chalk on the board.
  2. Γράφουμε στο βιβλίο με μολύβι. 2. We write in the notebook with a pen.
  3. Γράφουμε στο τετράδιο με στυλό. 3. We read words.
  4. Γράφουμε στον πίνακα με κιμωλία. 4. We write homework.
  5. Διαβάζουμε λέξεις. 5. We write in the book with a pencil.
  6. Μαθαίνουμε φράσεις στα ελληνικά. 6. We read the exercises.
  7. Διαβάζουμε τις ασκήσεις. 7. We learn phrases in Greek.

WHO IS MARIA’S TEACHER?

  1. Ποιο δάσκαλο έχει η Μαρία; 1. Who teaches biology?
  2. Ποια δασκάλα έχει η Μαρία; 2. Mr. Nikos teaches geography.
  3. Ποιος διδάσκει Βιολογία; 3. Mr. George teaches math.
  4. Ο κ. Νίκος διδάσκει Γεωγραφία. 4. Mrs. Dimitra teaches English.
  5. Ο κ. Γιώργος διδάσκει Μαθηματικά. 5. Who is Maria’s teacher?
  6. Η κ. Δήμητρα διδάσκει Αγγλικά. 6. Which teacher does Maria have?

IS YOUR NAME DAY ON ST. DEMETRIOS DAY?

1.Ο Δημήτρης γιορτάζει σήμερα.   1. Dimitra celebrates her nameday today.

2.Εγώ γιορτάζω του Αγίου Δημητρίου.     2. I have my nameday today.

3.Εγώ έχω τη γιορτή μου σήμερα. 3. Demetris celebrates his nameday today.

  1. Η Δήμητρα γιορτάζει σήμερα. 4. I celebrate on St. Demetrios day.

BEST WISHES!

1.Χρόνια πολλά.       1. Health and happiness!

  1. Με υγεία και χαρά. 2. Live long and happily!
  2. Χρόνια πολλά και χαρούμενα. 3. Live long!

BASIC VOCABULARY

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Ποιος  piOS who (male)

Ποια    piA      who (female)

Η δασκάλα     EE daSKAla  teacher (male)

Ο δάσκαλος   O DAskalos   teacher (male)

Εγώ μαθαίν-ω           eYO maTHEno         I learn

Εσύ μαθαίν-εις          eSEE maTHEnis      you learn

Εσύ μαθαίν-εις;                     eSEE maTHEnis?   do you learn?

Η Μαρία μαθαίνει     EE maREEa maTHEni Maria learns

Εγώ μιλ-άω   miLAo I speak

Εσύ μιλ-άς     miLAs you speak

Ο Πέτρος μιλ-άει       O PEtros miLAi         Petros speaks

Εγώ διαβάζ-ω                       eYO diaVAzo            I read

Εσύ διαβάζ-εις          eSEE diaVAzis         you read

Η Μαρία διαβάζ-ει    EE maREEa diaVAzi                      Maria reads, studies

Εγώ γράφ-ω  eYO YRAfo   I write

Εσύ γράφ-εις eSEE YRAfis            you write

Εσύ γράφ-εις;            eSEE YRAfis?          Do you write?

Η Μαρία μαθαίνει     EE maREEa maTHEni       Maria learns

Η Μαρία γράφ-ει       EE maREEA YRAfi  Maria writes

Η Μαρία διδάσκ-ει    EE maREEa diDAski                      Maria teaches

Λίγο, λίγα       LEEgo            a little

Καλά   kaLA   good

Εγώ γιορτάζ-ω          eYO yioRTAzo          I celebrate

Εσύ γιορτάζ-εις         eSEE yioRTAzis      you celebrate

Η Δήμητρα γιορτάζ-ει           EE DEEmitra yioRTAzi       Dimitra celebrates

Ο Δημήτρης γιορτάζ-ει         O diMEEtris yioRTAzi          Dimitris celebrates

Του Αγίου Δημητρίου          TOO aYEEoo dimiTREEoo            on St. Demetrios day

Έχω τη γιορτή μου   Eho TEE yioRTEE moo      I have my nameday, my nameday is

Χρόνια πολλά           HROnia poLA           long live (wish)

Η Υγεία          EE iYEEa      health

Η χαρά           EE haRA       joy

Χαρούμενα    haROOmena joyful

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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