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Our Everyday Greek: We Speak in Greek about the Greek Independence Day Parade

March 18, 2018
Dimitra Pontoporou

The Greek Independence Parade acknowledges the war of the Greeks against the Ottomans, for their freedom. In the dialogue between Maria (Μ) and Petros (Π) you will find the most common phrases, you may use, when talking in Greek about this parade.

Greekphrase

Π: Μαρία, πού θα πάμε την εικοστή πέμπτη Μαρτίου;

Pronunciation

maREEA, POO thaPAme TEEN ikoSTEEPEmptimaRTEEoo?

Meaning

Maria, where shall we go on March 25th?

Greekphrase

Μ: Θαπάμεστηνπαρέλαση.

Pronunciation

THA PAme STEEN paRElasi.

Meaning

We’ll go to the parade.

Π: Πού θα γίνει η παρέλαση στη Νέα Υόρκη;

Pronunciation

POO THA YEENi EE paRElasi STEENEaiOrki?

Meaning

Where will the parade be held in New York?

Greek phrase

Μ: Θα γίνει στην πέμπτη λεωφόρο.

Pronunciation

THA YEEni STEEN PEmptileoFOro.

Meaning

It will be held on 5th Avenue.

Greekphrase

Π: Πολλοί μαθητές θα φοράνε φουστανέλα.

Pronunciation

poLEEmathiTES THA foRAnefoostaNEla.

Meaning

Many students will be wearing the traditional Greek male skirt.

Greekphrase

Μ: Καιφέσικαιτσαρούχια;

Pronunciation

KE FEsi KE tsaROOhia?

Meaning

And the traditional Greek cap and the traditional shoes?

Greekphrase

Π: Ναικαιοιδάσκαλοικαιοιδασκάλεςθαφοράνεμπλεκαιάσπραρούχα.

Pronunciation

NE KE EE DAskali KE EEdaSKAles THA foRAne MPLE KE AspraROOha.

Meaning

Yes, and the teachers will wear blue and white clothes.

Greek phrase

Μ: Όλοι θα κρατάνε ελληνικές σημαίες.

Pronunciation

Oli THA kraTAneeliniKESsiMEes.

Meaning

They will all hold Greek flags.

BASIC VOCABULARY

Greek word    Pronunciation          Meaning

Πού     POO? Where?

Θαπάμε;         THA PAme?  Shall we go?

Θαπάμε.         THA PAme.   We’ll go.

Τηνεικοστήπέμπτη   TEENikoSTEEPEmpti         25th

Μαρτίου         maRTEEoo   of March

Ηπαρέλαση   EE paRElasi Parade

Στηνπαρέλαση          STEEN paRElasi     to the parade

Ηπέμπτη        PEmpti           5th

Ηλεωφόρος   EE leoFOros Avenue

ΣτηΝέαΥόρκη           STEE NEaiOrki        in New York

Στηνπέμπτηλεωφόρο          STEEN PEmptileoFOro      on 5thAvenue

Θαγίνει           THA YEEni   it will be held, take place

Οιμαθητές      EE mathiTES            the students

Οιδάσκαλοι    EE DAskali    the teachers (male)

Οιδασκάλες   EE daSKAles            the teachers (female)

Θαφοράνε      THA foRAne they will wear

Ηφουστανέλα            EE foostaNEla          traditional Greek male skirt

Τοφέσι            TO FEsi          traditional Greek cap

Τατσαρούχια TA tsaROOhia          traditional Greek shoes

Ταρούχα         TA ROOha    clothes

μπλε   MPLE blue

Ταάσπρα        TA Aspra        white (plural)

Πολλοί            poLEE            many

Όλοι    Oli       All

Θακρατάνε     THA kraTAne            they will hold

ελληνικές       elliniKES       Greek (adjective plural)

σημαίες          siMEes           flags

GREEK WORDS IN ENGLISH

Όλοιis found in English in words, like holistic, hologram.

BASIC GRAMMAR

Θαφοράνε, θακρατάνε: They will wear, they will hold. Note that the ending of both verbs is -άνε.

EXERCISE

Choose the correct words from the list to answer the below questions:

Άσπρα ρούχα, φουστανέλα, μπλε ρούχα, τσαρούχια, ελληνικές σημαίες, φέσι.

1.Τι ρούχα θα φοράνε πολλοί μαθητές στην παρέλαση;(What clothes will many students wear in the parade?)

Πολλοί μαθητές θα φοράνε στην παρέλαση ……..

Τι ρούχα θα φοράνε οι δάσκαλοι στην παρέλαση; (What clothes will the teachers wear in the parade?)
Οι δάσκαλοι θα φοράνε στην παρέλαση ……

Τι θα κρατάνε οι μαθητές και οι δάσκαλοι στην παρέλαση;(What will students and teachers hold in the parade?)
Οι μαθητές και οι δάσκαλοι θα κρατάνε στην παρέλαση ……

PRONUNCIATIONKEY

i (idiom), ee (needle), e (energy), o (organism), oo (boot), y (yes), h (helium), th (theory), d (the). The capitalized syllables are accented.

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