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During the 2015-2016 school year, we learned to use the Greek language when

  • ordering food
  • greeting people, and
  • counting to ten.

This year during the 200 level Speak Greek blogs, we’ll begin to put these words in phrases. Our goal will be to prepare you for next summer’s trip to the Greece and the Greek Isles, perhaps even drop by our home village of Lakonia and say hi.

But before we begin, let’s recap what we learned last year:

Eat:

Gyro > YEE-roh > γύρος (‘turn’)

Dolmades > dol-MAH-thez > ντολμάδες

Tzatziki > tsa-TˈSI-ki > τζατζίκι

Count:

0 > Miden > mee-DEN > Μηδέν

1 > Ena > EN-a > Ένα

2 > Dyo > DEE-o > Δύο

3 > Tria > TREE-a > Τρία

4 > Tessera > TESS-eh-ra > Τέσσερα

5 > Pente > PEN-day > Πέντε

6 > Exi > EX-ee > Έξι

7 > Epta > ef-ta > επτά

8 > Octo > oc-TOH > οκτώ

9 > Ennea > (en-NAY-ah > εννέα

10 > Deka > DEK-a > Δέκα

Greet:

Hello > Chaírete > HE-reh-teh > Χαίρετε

Goodbye > Antío > an-TEE-oh > Αντίο

Good morning! > Kaliméra > kah-lee-MEH-ra > Καλημέρα

Good afternoon! > Kaló apógevma > kah-LOH ah-PO-gehv-mah > Kαλό απόγευμα

Good evening! > Kalispéra > kah-lee-SPEH-rah > Καλησπέρα

Good night! > Kaliníkhta > kah-lee-NiK-tah > Καληνύχτα

Name:

Christos > KRĭS-tō >

  • "Χρίστος", Chrístos, from the adjective "χριστός", christós, i.e., "anointed" (or "chosen one" as is the Christian theological term for the Messiah), and
  • "Χρήστος", Chrēstos, from the adjective "χρηστός", chrēstós, i.e., "useful".

Stávros > STAH-vrowz > Σταύρος (Stávros), change the accent and get

Cross > Stavrós > stah-VROWZ > σταυρός


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