Get Him to Speak Greek

Εντάξει!
— Ok!

Yes & No

Yes - Ναί (“Nai” or “nE”)

No - Όχι (“ohxi” or “ohee”)

Don’t get them the wrong way round! (No sounds like the English ”okay” and yes the English “nah”)

Recordings from takisnet.org~

Animal Sounds in Greek

Animal Sounds in Greek~ (and other languages) just a little amusing reading :-)

Just a thank you post to all my followers, reblogs, and likes. I’ve got more likes than a cup of tea! (Well… not quite) I love every single one! You know that feeling when you get that email from tumblr …”score!”
Please reblog this if you’d like to boost my support!
I’m a 21 year old English guy trying to learn Greek because I’ve just got engaged!

Just a thank you post to all my followers, reblogs, and likes. I’ve got more likes than a cup of tea! (Well… not quite) I love every single one! You know that feeling when you get that email from tumblr …”score!”

Please reblog this if you’d like to boost my support!

I’m a 21 year old English guy trying to learn Greek because I’ve just got engaged!

Γείτσες!
— Bless you!
(There are different way of saying everything!)
Dear world,
We are not all drinking/rioting/nob-heads.
Lots of love, the nice normal People of Britain
xx
Ευχαριστούμε

We thank you

(You would probably use this phrase to say thank you to the waiter in a restaurant. You could add Σας before this word to make it polite, or addressing more than one person. You can hear a recording here: forvo.com)

Question words

Who? - Ποιος; (male) Ποιά; (female)

What? - Τι;

Where? - Πού;

When? - Πότε;

How? - Πώς;

Why? - Γιατί;

How much?/How many? - Πόσο;

Is there/Are there? - Είναι;

To escape confusion, I’ve said that Ποια; is female, this does not mean ‘you say this version if you are female’, it means that if the person you are asking a question about is likely to be female (for example to answer the question “Who is she?”) you use this version. Hope that made sense!

(Additional source: linguata.com~)

Just a quick post to ask people what they think of the site, and ask if anyone has any suggestions or requests. So, want to ask/tell/suggest anything?

Just a quick post to ask people what they think of the site, and ask if anyone has any suggestions or requests. So, want to ask/tell/suggest anything?

Greek Punctuation

Quite important, so sorry for not posting more Greek words :-)

Most are the same in Greek, but:

  • A semi-colon is a question mark (; completely replaces ?)
  • Quotes are « and » not ” and ” (Like in French!)

They (of course) have names in Greek, you can read theme here: ilearngreek.com~

I’m well thanks

Continuing from yesterdays post asking “How are you?”:

"Καλά" means well

"Είμαι Καλα" or "Καλα ειμαι" means I’m well

"Πολύ καλα" means very well (we’ve seen πολύ before)

"Πολύ καλα είμαι, σας ευχαριστώ" you can add "thank you" on the end (you’ve also seen σας before).

In addition, if someone has asked you how you are, it would be rude not to ask them how they are by add “you?” on the end.

Καλά (είμαι), σας ευχαριστώ. Εσείς; (kalá íme, sas efharistó. Esís?) - Formal

Καλά (είμαι), ευχαριστώ. Εσύ; (kalá íme, efharistó. Esí?) - Informal

Don’t forget a semi-colon is a question mark in Greece!

(The two words used for “you” here we will be coming back to soon in my post on articles)

Sources: linguanaut.com~omniglot.com~ (with sound recordings) & greece.org

How are you?

In Greek I know of two ways of asking how someone is:

Τι in the first phrase is a question word* which means “what”, κάνετε or κάνεις is a verb meaning “do” so it sounds more like the phrase “What’s happening?” in English. (More on question words coming soon here.)

Πώς means “how” (an adverb), ειστε or εισαι means “you”. (You is an article, more on them coming soon here too.)

More to follow this tomorrow :-)

Numerous sources: omniglot.com~ (including the linked recordings) takisnet.org~smartphrase.com~, wiktionary.org~ & modern-greek-verbs.tripod.com~