Our Everyday Greek We learn to Speak Greek at the Teacher-Parents Conference

October 14, 2017
Dimitra Pontoporou


Maria’s mother (MM) visits the school and asks the school’s secretary (Γραμματέα) information about the teachers she wants to meet. Who teaches Maria? Which classes does she attend? Is she responsible as a student? Has she got good notes?

Greek phrase            Pronunciation          Meaning

MM: Ποια δασκάλα   piA daSKAla Which teacher

έχει η Μαρία  Ehi EE maREEa does Maria have

στα Eλληνικά;            STA eliniKA?            in Greek class?

Γ: Την κυρία Δήμητρα. TEEN kiREEa DEEmitra. Mrs. Dimitra.

H κυρία Δήμητρα      EE kiREEa DEEmitra Mrs. Dimitra

διδάσκει και Ιστορία. diDAski KE istoREEA. also teaches History.

ΜΜ: Ποιος είναι piOS EEne           Who is

ο Διευθυντής O diefthiNTEES       the head

του σχολείου;            TOO shoLEEoo?      of the school?

Γ: Ο κύριος Αλέξανδρος      O KEErios aLExandros       Mr. Alexandros

Παπαδόπουλος.       papaDOpoulos.        Papadopoulos.

ΜΜ: Ποια είναι          piA EEne       Who is

η δασκάλα της Μαρίας EE daSKAla TEES maREEas Maria’s teacher

στα Αγγλικά; STA agkliKA?            in English?

Γ: Η κυρία Βασιλική είναι    EE kiREEA vasiliKEE EEne          Mrs. Vasiliki is

η δασκάλα στα Αγγλικά.      EE daSKAla STA agkliKA. the English teacher.

ΜΜ: Ποιος είναι ο δάσκαλος piOS EEne O DAskalos Who is the

στα Μαθηματικά;       STA mathimatiKA?  math teacher?

Γ: O κύριος Γιάννης. O KEErios yiAnis.   Mr. Giannis.

Ο κύριος Γιώργος    O KEErios yiOryos   Mr. Giorgos

διδάσκει         diDAski          teaches

Γεωγραφία και          yeograFEEa KE Geography and

Βιολογία. violoYEEa. Biology.

Ο κύριος Ανδρέας O KEErios andREas  Mr. Andreas

διδάσκει diDAski      teaches

Φυσική και Χημεία.  fisiKEE KE hiMEEa.            physics and chemistry.

ΜΜ: Έχει καλούς βαθμούς Ehi kaLOOS vathMOOS     Does Maria have

στα Ελληνικά η Μαρία; STA eliniKA EE maREEa?       good grades in Greek?

Γ: Η Μαρία διαβάζει             EE maREEA diaVAzi          Maria studies,

και γράφει KE YRAf i           and writes

τις ασκήσεις. TEES aSKEEsis.     the exercises.

Έχει καλούς βαθμούς. Ehi kaLOOS vaTHMOOS. She has good grades.


Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Ποιος  piOS who (male)

Ποια    piA      who (female)

Η δασκάλα     EE daSKAla  teacher (male)

Ο δάσκαλος   O DAskalos   teacher (male)

Ο Διευθυντής                        O diefthiNTEES Head

Του σχολείου                        TOO shoLEEoo        of the school

Ο κύριος        O KEErios     Mr.

Η κυρία          EE kiREEa    Mrs.

Η Μαρία μαθαίνει     EE maREEa maTHEni       Maria learns

Έχει    Ehi      he/she has

Γράφει            YRAfi he/she writes

Διαβάζει         diaVAzi          he/she reads, studies

Διδάσκει         diDAski          he/she teaches

Ναι      NE      yes

Στα Ελληνικά             STA eliniKA  in the Greek class

Η Ιστορία       EE istoREEa history

Τα Αγγλικά     TA agkliKA    English class, language

Η Γεωγραφία EE yeograFEEa       Geography

Η Βιολογία     EE violoYEEa           Biology

Η Φυσική       EE fisiKEE    Physics, Science

Η Χημεία        EE hiMEEa   Chemistry

Τα Μαθηματικά         TA mathimatiKA       Math

Ο βαθμός       O vathMOS   note

Έχει καλούς βαθμούς          Ehi kaLOOS vathMOOS     has good grades

The  verb’s ending in the third person singular is -ει. Η Μαρία μαθαίν-ει, διαβάζ-ει, γράφ-ει, έχ-ει, διδάσκ-ει. = Maria learns, reads, writes, has, teaches.


Τhey derive from Greek: Η Γεωγραφία (η γη= earth+ γράφω=write, design) > Geography, Βιολογία (ο βίος= life+ ο λόγος= talking) >Biology, Φυσική (from η φύση= nature) >Physics, Χημεία >Chemistry, Μαθηματικά >Mathematics.


Try to match the phrases in English with their translation in Greek:

1.Η Μαρία γράφει και διαβάζει. 1. Who teaches biology?

  1. Ποια δασκάλα έχει η Μαρία; 2. Mr. Nikos teaches geography.
  2. Ποιος διδάσκει Βιολογία; 3. Mr. George teaches math.
  3. Ο κ. Νίκος διδάσκει Γεωγραφία. 4. Maria learns English.
  4. Ο κ. Γιώργος διδάσκει Μαθηματικά. 5. Maria writes and studies.
  5. Η Μαρία μαθαίνει Αγγλικά. 6. Which teacher does Maria have?


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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