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Pentecostal Holiday of Whit Monday in Greece

The Pentecostal holiday of Whit Monday (also called “Monday of the Holy Spirit” or “Pentecost Monday̶ ;) is a vital celebration in Greek culture. The Greek Church actually separated the celebrations of this holiday from those of Pentecost, to ensure that its meaning and significance are always recognized despite commemorating the same events.

By learning about the Whit Monday holiday, you’re also going to learn lots about Greek culture and values. Any successful language-learner can tell you that this is a fundamental step in actually mastering a language: Comprehending its culture.

And at GreekPod101.com, we hope to make this learning experience enjoyable and informative!

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1. What is Whit Monday in Greece?

So, what is Pentecost Monday, as opposed to the Day of Pentecost?

Although Monday of the Holy Spirit is based on the same events as the ones of the Day of Pentecost, the Greek Church ensured that the Holy Spirit’s splendor wasn’t forgotten as one of three parts of the Trinity. To do so, it decided to split the two holidays.

This holiday celebrates the descension of the Holy Spirit onto earth, one of the most important aspects of the Christian faith.

2. When is Monday of the Holy Spirit?

Monday on a Calendar

The date of Monday of the Holy Spirit varies each year, as it always takes place fifty days after Easter. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

  • 2019: June 17
  • 2020: June 8
  • 2021: June 21
  • 2022: June 13
  • 2023: June 5
  • 2024: June 24
  • 2025: June 9
  • 2026: June 1
  • 2027: June 21
  • 2028: June 5

3. Reading Practice: Monday of the Holy Spirit Traditions

Priest Reading from the Bible

How is Monday of the Holy Spirit celebrated in Greece?

This day is important to our Church because we “receive” the Holy Spirit, which always guides us to the greater good. Customs for Monday of the Holy Spirit vary from region to region. For example, on the island of Limnos, it’s custom to gather herbs like chamomile and sage for their therapeutic properties. In the olden days, people believed that this day was a “bad time,” meaning that bad things could happen, and for this reason, they were extremely careful. For example, people avoided going near the sea.

Read the Greek text below to learn all about unique Greek traditions, from region to region, for the Whit Monday holiday. You can find the English translation directly below it.

Στη Σμίξη των Γρεβενών οι γυναίκες μοιράζουν πίτες, γλυκά και εφτάζυμο ψωμί με μυρωδικά. Στην Αλιμπίστα Αιτωλοακαρνανίας στήνεται πρωινό πανηγύρι. Μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία, όλοι σχηματίζουν ουρά μπροστά από τον πλανόδιο χασάπη, ο οποίος κόβει ψητά αρνιά με τον μπαλτά. Πολλοί φέρνουν πίτες, τυριά και άλλα φαγητά για να συμπληρώσουν το γεύμα. Οι ρίζες του πανηγυριού αυτού χάνονται στον χρόνο και πολλοί δεν αποκλείουν το έθιμο αυτό να αποτελεί εξέλιξη ενός αρχαίου εθίμου, που σχετίζεται με την ανατολή του ηλίου και τη λατρεία του θεού Απόλλωνα.

Στον Βώλακα Δράμας το πρωί, νέοι με στολισμένα άλογα και μουλάρια ξεκινάνε για το ξωκλήσι του Αγίου Πνεύματος από την πλατεία του χωριού, ανεβαίνοντας το όρος «Φαλακρό». Ακολουθεί δοξολογία και πανηγύρι, όπου τρώνε το «κουρμπάνι», ένα παραδοσιακό φαγητό από κατσικάκι βραστό με χορταρικά. Έπειτα όλοι επιστρέφουν στην πλατεία του χωριού με τον ιερέα πάνω σε άλογο και την εικόνα μπροστά. Ακολουθούν γυναίκες με παραδοσιακά κρατώντας τα «δάκρυα της Παναγίας», ένα φυτό της περιοχής, και οι αναβάτες, οι οποίοι κάνουν επιδείξεις και αργότερα αλογοδρομίες.

Για πολλούς η γιορτή του Αγίου Πνεύματος σημαίνει μόνο ένα πράγμα; τριήμερο! Επειδή η μέρα αυτή είναι αργία για τους δημοσίους υπαλλήλους και τα σχολεία, πολλοί βρίσκουν την ευκαιρία για τριήμερες αποδράσεις ή απλά για ξεκούραση.

In Smiksi of Grevena, women hand out pies, sweets, and chickpea pulp bread with herbs. In Alibista of Aetolia-Acarnania, a morning festival is organized. After the Divine Liturgy, everyone waits in line for the itinerant butcher, who carves roasted lamb with a cleaver. Many people bring pies, cheeses, and other foods to complement the meal. Time has shrouded the origins of this festival, and many people do not exclude the chance that this custom might be the development of an ancient custom that is related to the rise of the sun and the worship of god Apollo.

In Volakas of Drama in the morning, young people with decorated horses and mules start heading for the chapel of the Holy Spirit from the square of the village, by climbing Falakro Mountain. Praising hymns and a feast follow, where they eat the kourbani, a traditional food made from boiled young goat with greens. Later, everyone returns to the square of the village with the priest on a horse and the icon in the front. Women holding the “tears of the Virgin Mary,” a plant from the region, and wearing traditional clothing follow him, along with the jockeys, who perform demonstrations and later do horse races.

For many, the holiday of the Holy Spirit means only one thing: A three-day weekend! Because this day is a holiday for civil servants and schools, many people take the opportunity to have three-day long getaways or simply to rest.

4. The Holy Spirit’s Re-appearance

Do you know when and in what form the Holy Spirit re-appeared on Earth?

On the holiday of Epiphany, we saw the Holy Spirit appearing on Earth in the form of a dove, during the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River by
St. John the Baptist.

5. Useful Vocabulary for Whit Monday in Greece

Depiction of Pentecost

Here’s the most important vocabulary you should know for Monday of the Holy Spirit in Greece!

  • Εκκλησία (eklisía) — “Church”
  • Πεντηκοστή (Pendikostí) — “Pentecost”
  • Άγιο Πνεύμα (Ayio Pnévma) — “Holy Spirit”
  • Δευτέρα του Αγίου Πνεύματος (Deftéra tu Ayíu Pnévmatos) — “Monday of the Holy Spirit”
  • εορταστική εκδήλωση (eortastikí ekdílosi) — “Festivity”
  • Αργία (aryía) — “Holiday”
  • Αγία Τριάδα (Ayía Triáda) — “Holy Trinity”
  • Βότανο (vótano) — “Herb”
  • Πανηγύρι (paniyíri) — “Fete”
  • Τριήμερο (triímero) — “Three-day holiday”
  • Οργανοπαίχτης (organopéhtis) — “Instrumentalist”
  • Δευτέρα (Deftéra) — “Monday”
  • δημοτικός χορός (dimotikós horós) — “Folk dance”
  • Ιερέας (ieréas) — “Priest”
  • δημοτικό τραγούδι (dimotikó tragúdi) — “Folk song”
  • Θεία Λειτουργία (Thía Lituryía) — “Divine Liturgy”

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Monday of the Holy Spirit vocabulary list. Here, each word is listed alongside an audio file of its pronunciation and a relevant image.

Conclusion

What do you think about the Monday of Holy of the Spirit in Greece? Do you celebrate this holiday in your own country? Let us know in the comments; we always love to hear from you!

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Learning Greek through Movies: Fun & Easy!

Learning a new language can always be a challenge. However, watching movies can certainly help you learn Greek in an easy and fun way. Develop your listening skills and get to know Greek customs and culture through Greek cinematography.

From comedies to dramas, and modern situations to historical ones, Greek movies demonstrate a wide variety of genres and we’re sure you’ll find a movie of your taste.

In this blog, we’re presenting some of the most popular Greek movies and quotes, aiming to encourage you to combine learning with entertainment. Our recommended Greek movies should help you do that without a hitch! Here are some tips to improve your pronunciation while watching movies in Greek.

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Table of Contents

  1. A Touch of Spice
  2. What if…
  3. The Island 1 & 2
  4. Little England
  5. 5 More Minutes
  6. The Bachelor I & II
  7. Brides
  8. Perfect Strangers
  9. A Bee in August
  10. Worlds Apart
  11. How Can Watching Greek Movies Help You Improve Your Greek?

Movie genres

1. A Touch of Spice (2003)

  • Greek Title: Πολίτικη κουζίνα
  • Romanization: Polítiki kuzína
  • English Title: “A Touch of Spice”

A touch of spice poster

This is an experiential film by Tassos Boulmetis, who is also the director. Tassos was born and raised in Constantinople (Istanbul) and narrates the issue of the prosecution of Greeks by the Turkish authorities in 1964. During this period, many Greeks were forced to leave their homes in Constantinople and move to Greece.

A Touch of Spice approaches this dramatic situation through traditional cooking and sets the family dinner as the glue that keeps the family together, no matter how harsh the circumstances are. So, get ready for a unique experience enhanced with emblematic music.

  • Greek quote: Η ζωή μας, για να νοστιμήσει, θέλει αλάτι.
  • Romanization: I zoí mas, ya na nostimísi, théli aláti.
  • Meaning: “Our life needs some salt in order to become more ‘tasty.’” (Tasty meaning “interesting”).

2. What if…. (2012)

    Greek Title: Αν…
    Romanization: An…
    English Title: “What if…”

What if poster

Have you ever wondered what could have happened differently in your life if you had made different choices? Then this is definitely the movie for you. Meet Dimitris, a confirmed bachelor and his dog named Lonesome. Follow him in this adventure of parallel stories and remember…each and every little decision we make might seriously influence certain aspects of the future or even our whole life. The film is set in Athens, Greece during the years of the extended economic recession.

  • Greek quote: Αν σε γνώριζα, όλα θα ήταν αλλιώς…
  • Romanization: An se gnóriza, óla tha ítan alliós…
  • Meaning: “If I knew you, everything would be different…”

3. The Island 1 & 2 (2009, 2011)

  • Greek Title: Νήσος
  • Romanization: Nísos
  • English Title: “The Island”

This is a modern Greek comedy set on a Greek island. During this film, you’ll get close to the small island community centered around its most important figures: the mayor, the priest, the policeman, and the teacher. When a wealthy villager dies, his will includes the donation of a huge amount of money to various functional units of the village. However, in order to receive the money, certain terms and conditions should be met, which perplex everyone and reveal even the deepest secrets. The film was shot on the picturesque island of Sifnos, thus offering great views and scenery.

  • Greek quote: Όλον αυτόν τον καιρό το νησί μιλά για εμάς τους τέσσερις.
  • Romanization: Ólon aftón ton keró to nisí milá ya emás tus téseris.
  • Meaning: “During all this time, the whole island is talking about us four.”

4. Little England (2013)

  • Greek Title: Μικρά Αγγλία
  • Romanization: Mikrá Anglía
  • English Title: “Little England”

Little england poster

This is a Greek drama film of an unfulfilled love set on the small island of Andros at the beginning of the twentieth century. Greeks were famous for being great sailors, so many islanders chose this location in order to be able to provide for their families. Women of course were left behind to take care of their children, while their husbands were working on ships. This film focuses on a family consisting of two sisters, Orsa and Moscha. Will love lead the two sisters into conflict? How is the family balance affected? Get lost in this passionate film and find out.

  • Greek quote: Ευλογημένοι όσοι αγαπούν και αγαπιούνται τρελά.
  • Romanization: Evloyiméni ósi agapún ke agapiúnde trelá.
  • Meaning: “Blessed are those who love and are being madly loved in return.”

5. 5 More Minutes (2006)

  • Greek Title: 5 λεπτά ακόμα
  • Romanization: 5 leptá akóma
  • English Title: “5 More Minutes”

Tasos is madly in love with Alice until…he dies! However, “till death do us part” doesn’t make any sense to him, as even after death nothing about his feelings has changed. After reaching the Beyond, he is granted with five more minutes to use on Earth as he sees fit. This is a great Greek comedy, which you’ll certainly enjoy.

  • Greek quote: Τυφλώθηκες από τη ζήλεια σου.
  • Romanization: Tiflóthikes apó ti zília su.
  • Meaning: “You were blinded by your jealousy.”

6. The Bachelor I & II (2016, 2017)

Despite her father’s intense objections, the daughter of a famous heart surgeon is ready to marry the young grave digger she’s in love with. Having absolute trust in him, she arranges a bachelor party with his three childhood friends. This could be thought of as a similar Greek version of The Hangover movie, showcasing hilarious moments of similar caliber.

  • Greek quote: Παντρεύεται ο Αντώνης.
  • Romanization: Pandrévete o Andónis.
  • Meaning: “Antonis is getting married.”

7. Brides (2004)

  • Greek Title: Νύφες
  • Romanization: Nífes
  • English Title: “Brides”

Brides poster

This story is set in 1922 in Smyrni (Izmir), after the disaster of Asia Minor. This Greek drama film focuses on the story of a mail-order bride, specifically one of the seven-hundred sailing to America. Sending brides abroad was perceived as a chance for a better life, for both the girl and her family. The film approaches this storyline in an elegant yet shocking way. Young women are basically sent to their future husbands abroad, who get to know each other only through a photo and a letter. This is a clearly dramatic situation, but will love arise? Watch this film starring Damian Lewis amongst others, enjoy, and find out how this all unfolds.

  • Greek quote: Έχεις τόσο όμορφα μάτια!
  • Romanization: Éhis tóso ómorfa mátia!
  • Meaning: “You have such beautiful eyes!”

8. Perfect Strangers (2016)

  • Greek Title: Τέλειοι ξένοι
  • Romanization: Télii xéni
  • English Title: “Perfect Strangers”

Once seven friends meet up for dinner during a full moon on Friday night, they decide to play a game: Placing their mobile phones on the table and reading out loud each text or message they receive, as well as taking each call they receive on speakerphone. As a result, deep secrets are revealed, which shake their lives and threaten their relationships. This film is based on the Italian movie Perfetti Sconosciuti, including significant adjustments in order to integrate Greek customs and culture.

  • Greek quote: Τι μυστικά να έχουμε; Γνωριζόμαστε όλοι πλέον πάρα πολύ καλά.
  • Romanization: Ti mistiká na éhume? Gnorizómaste óli pléon pára polí kalá.
  • Meaning: “What secrets could we possibly have? We all know each other really well already.”

9. Α Bee in August (2007)

  • Greek Title: Μια μέλισσα τον Αύγουστο
  • Romanization: Mia mélissa ton Ávgusto
  • English Title: “A Bee in August”

Set on a secluded beach accessible only by boat, four friends are having fun by the sea. However, this is a strange combination of people, as the group consists of Haris, his wife, his mistress, and his half-German sister. By the time Haris gets stung by a bee, he realizes he’s allergic and everyone is trying to find a solution. A Bee in August was shot on a secluded beach in Halkidiki, Northern Greece and is a must-see Greek comedy film.

  • Greek quote: Σε τσίμπησε μια μέλισσα, αυτό είναι όλο, τέλος.
  • Romanization: Se tsímbise mia mélissa, aftó íne ólo, télos.
  • Meaning: “You got stung by a bee, that’s it, the end.”

10. Worlds Apart (2015)

  • Greek Title: Ένας άλλος κόσμος
  • Romanization: Énas álos kózmos
  • English Title: “Worlds Apart”

Worlds apart poster

This Greek romantic drama film is composed of three parallel stories which take place in Athens, Greece, during the years of economic recession. Racism, unemployment, love, and passion are combined in order to create a clear view of contemporary Greece. Three mini stories, centered around three different generations of Greeks create a romantic drama to remember, for sure.

  • Greek quote: Μην μπερδεύεις τη γερμανική πολιτική με τον γερμανικό λαό.
  • Romanization: Min berdévis ti yermanikí politikí me ton yermanikó laó.
  • Meaning: “Don’t confuse German politics with German people.”


11. How Can Watching Greek Movies Help You Improve Your Greek?

Watching Greek movies is a great way for you to improve your Greek, especially your listening and speaking skills. In addition, these films aren’t usually created for Greek language learners; they’re made for native Greek speakers. So, the language used is exactly how you hear it in real life—it’s spoken quickly and sometimes you come across different accents, idioms, and colloquialisms.

However, you can never fully understand a language until you get to know its cultural background. Films also work exceptionally in this way, as you can see how people live in Greece now, as well as in the past. Indeed, this might be the most magical part of learning—understanding a new way of life, including customs and cultural characteristics.

GreekPod101.com is here to point out quality Greek movies for you, which can really help you reach your language learning goals. Stay tuned for more inspirational articles and useful lists. In the meantime, enjoy watching some of the all-time greatest Greek movies!

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10 Popular Greek TV Shows for Greek Learning

Watching Greek series can really help you learn the language, or just freshen up your Greek. Especially when talking about some of the best Greek TV shows of all time! GreekPod101.com presents you with ten of the most popular Greek TV series, which can help you learn Greek in a fun and interesting way.

Greek TV shows can be found on various sources:

  • Websites and Web TV pages of Greek channels
  • YouTube
  • Greek Satellite TV
  • DVDs

The easiest way is searching for each title on Google; this way, you can find almost anything.

So, what are you waiting for? Browse through our selected series and find the one that suits your taste. We’re sure you’ll find one you like from our picks of the most popular Greek TV series, whether you find Greek TV shows online or Greek TV shows on Netflix. Let’s get started!

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Table of Contents

  1. Είσαι το ταίρι μου (Íse to téri mu) — You are My Soulmate | (2001-2002)
  2. Εγκλήματα (Englímata) — Crimes | (1998-2000)
  3. Πενήντα-Πενήντα (Penínda-Penínda) — Fifty-Fifty | (2005-2011)
  4. Σαββατογεννημένες (Savatoyeniménes) — The Saturday-born Women | (2003-2004)
  5. Το καφέ της χαράς (To kafé tis harás) — Hara’s Cafe | (2003-2006)
  6. Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης (Konstandínu ke Elénis) — Konstantinos’ and Eleni’s | (1998-2000)
  7. Το νησί (To nisí) — The Island | (2010-2011)
  8. Δύο Ξένοι (Dío Xéni) — Two Strangers | (1997-1999)
  9. Οι στάβλοι της Εριέτας Ζαΐμη (I stávli tis Eriétas Zaími) — The Stables of Erieta Zaimi | (2002-2004)
  10. Στο παρά πέντε (Sto pará pénde)- “In the Nick of Time” | (2005-2007)
  11. Conclusion


1. Είσαι το ταίρι μου (Íse to téri mu) — You are My Soulmate | (2001-2002)

Stella is an overweight Greek woman residing in Melbourne, Australia. Vicky is also a Greek living in Melbourne; however, she is a beautiful model.

Once Vicky gets engaged to Nikos, she’s off to Greece to meet his parents. On the plane to get there, she discovers that she’s traveling along with her friend, Stella. Then, an extraordinary thought pops into her mind, while being extremely stressed about meeting Niko’s parents: What if they switched places?

A series of unexpected and hilarious events follow.

This is an all-time favorite series for many people in Greece. It includes the concepts of love, hate, discrimination, immigration, and more, as you get to know a classic Greek family and their perceptions. Unique characters and an intriguing, humorous story set the perfect basis for success.

The language used is simple and without many idioms or strange accents. As a result, this is definitely a great Greek television series to watch while studying the language.

Quote

  • Greek: Η ζωή είναι τελικά μια τεράστια πλάκα
  • Romanization: I zoí íne teliká mía terástia pláka.
  • Translation: “In the bottom line, life is a huge joke.”


2. Εγκλήματα (Englímata) — Crimes | (1998-2000)

Look at them! They seem like a group of happy friends, but…they’re not! This is another comedy series, which is popular to this day. When Alekos, a married man, falls in love with Flora, who’s also married, a series of perplexed events take place.

The story is centered around his wife, Sosó, who discovers the cheating and is determined to kill him. Doesn’t sound much like a comedy, right? This series is a great mix of black humor, hilarious moments, and well-presented characters.

Again, in this series, simple language is used, so this is perfect for freshening up your Greek and having fun at the same time! As one of the most popular Greek TV series, we’re sure you’ll love it!

Quote

  • Greek: Δε θα μου πεις εσύ πότε είναι η ώρα μου, εγώ θα σου πω πότε είναι η δική σου!
  • Romanization: De tha mu pis esí póte íne i óra mu, egó tha su po póte íne i dikí su!
  • Translation: “You are not the one to tell me when it’s my time to die, I will tell you when it’s yours!”


3. Πενήντα-Πενήντα (Penínda-Penínda) — Fifty-Fifty | (2005-2011)

This may be one of the Greek TV shows most recently viewed.

This comedy series is centered around the life of three couples. These are Nikiforos and Elisavet, Mimis and Xanthipi, and Pavlos and Irini. Things get hilariously perplexed when Pavlos begins an extramarital relationship with a young gymnast, Maria. In addition, the series also includes the relationships and interactions of these couples’ children.

This is a typical and quite popular Greek TV series, which unfortunately was left unfinished, due to the bankruptcy of the Greek channel “Mega,” which was responsible for its production.


4. Σαββατογεννημένες (Savatoyeniménes) — The Saturday-born Women | (2003-2004)

The title of this Greek series refers to a Greek superstition. It’s believed that whoever is born on a Saturday is lucky and always get what they wish for. So if they wish for something, it will happen and that’s why they are considered lucky. If they wish someone harm, like a curse, it will also happen. So sometimes people born on a Saturday warn others to not mess with them because of that!

Savvas is a rude, foul-mouthed, macho and misogynist womanizer. Therefore, he has been married three times.

The title of the series refers to his three ex-wives Súla, Kéti, and Bía. When Savvas discovers while driving that he’s the lottery winner of 7.5-million euros, he’s involved in an accident which temporarily erases his memory. Having no one to care for him after the accident, his three ex-wives take pity on him and decide to help him recover.

What will happen when they find out he’s the big winner of the Joker lottery? Watch this purely comedic series and find out!

This is a pretty fun series to watch. However, fast speech is used as well as many idioms and slang words, mainly because one of the main characters (José) is an immigrant from Paraguay who strives to learn Greek.

Quote

  • Greek: Κέρδισε 7.5 εκατομμύρια στο Τζόκερ.
  • Romanization: Kérdise eptámisi ekatomíria sto Jóker.
  • Translation: “He won 7.5 million (Euros) in Joker.” (similar to the American Powerball)


5. Το καφέ της χαράς (To kafé tis harás) — Hara’s Cafe | (2003-2006)

In a small and untouched Greek village, lives the great mayor Periandros Popotas who’s a really strict man, is really proud about the Greek legacy, and adores tradition and culture. Hara is a successful career-woman working for an advertising company in Athens.

Sadly, almost simultaneously, she finds herself fired and inherits a house in the aforementioned conservative village, so she decides to move there with her daughter and open a cafe. Can the dynamic city girl Hara fit in inside this reclusive community? Watch and find out.


6. Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης (Konstandínu ke Elénis) — Konstantinos’ and Eleni’s | (1998-2000)

This is probably the most successful Greek series of all time. It has been playing in repetition for over 15 years and it’s still played occasionally on Greek television.

Konstantinos Katakouzinos is an assistant professor of Byzantinology at the University of Athens, whereas Eleni Vlahaki is a humble waitress at a bar. They’re sharing lodgings, living together in a mansion, after a legal problem. They’re two unrelated and very opposite characters, who tend to fight each other all the time.

This Greek comedy series includes many slang words and phrases, so discretion is advised.

Quote

  • Greek: Το σπίτι είναι δικό μου!
  • Romanization: To spíti íne dikó mu!
  • Translation: “The house is mine!”


7. Το νησί (To nisí) — The Island | (2010-2011)

Based on the awarded book of Victoria Hislop, this story is set on Spinalonga, a small Greek island off the coast of Crete. The story focuses on a leper colony, which was established on the isolated island as a precaution measure. These people learned to live isolated from the whole world, with no doctors, doomed to suffer from this cruel disease. This is obviously a drama, which truly speaks to the soul.

If you’re interested in how these people’s everyday life was, then this is the ultimate Greek TV show for you, especially if you plan on watching Greek drama TV series.


8. Δύο Ξένοι (Dío Xéni) — Two Strangers | (1997-1999)

This is a very successful Greek romantic comedy. Marina is one low-educated but ambitious young actress-hostess. When she decides to study acting she meets Konstantinos, a handsome and charming teacher of drama. However, he’s quite the opposite of her, being a well-educated and prestigious man. Their unconventional love story will certainly make you laugh and as you come to love them.

Quote

  • Greek: Γύρνα πίσω ή έστω τηλεφώνα.
  • Romanization: Gírna píso i ésto tilefóna.
  • Translation: “Come back or at least give me a call.”


9. Οι στάβλοι της Εριέτας Ζαΐμη (I stávli tis Eriétas Zaími) — The Stables of Erieta Zaimi | (2002-2004)

Set in a Greek female prison, this comedy has a unique concept. Sit back, relax, and watch the stories the prisoners unveil trying not to laugh out loud. When the charming male manager of the prison falls in love with one of the female prisoners, an interesting story begins.

This series uses many slang words and phrases, so discretion is advised.


10. Στο παρά πέντε (Sto pará pénde)- “In the Nick of Time” | (2005-2007)

This is a mystery-comedy-drama series, which revolves around five basic characters, who are initially unrelated. However, when they get trapped in a malfunctioning elevator, witnessing the death of a former minister, their fates are intertwined. Before passing away, the former minister mumbles, “Find the one who did this to me,” and so the adventure begins!

This is a more contemporary Greek comedy, which is quite popular in Greece. The smart scenario and the totally different characters create a series to remember. If you’re into mystery, but can’t stand too much “darkness,” this is the series for you! Based on who you ask, this could be considered one of the most popular Greek soap operas.

Quote

  • Greek: Για όλα φταίει η κοντή!
  • Romanization: Ya óla ftéi i kondí.
  • Translation: “It’s all the short woman’s fault!”


11. Conclusion

You might have noticed that most of these emblematic Greek series were produced before 2010. This is not something random, as the years after 2010 were really harsh on TV programs. By 2011, Greece was already deep into the worst economic recession of modern times. As a result, there were many cuts in the TV productions’ budgets and Greek channels preferred to buy the copyrights and show low-cost Turkish TV shows, instead of producing original Greek series.

However, today all these TV shows have been digitized and are available through the development of technology and the world wide web. GreekPod101.com suggests watching the most popular TV shows of all time, as a fun and effective way to learn Greek. Do you want to learn more fun ways to effectively learn Greek?

At GreekPod101.com, we aim to provide you with everything you need to know about the Greek language in a fun and interesting way. Articles like this one, word lists, grammar tips, and even YouTube videos are waiting for you to discover them!

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Protomagia: Labor Day in Greece

May Day (otherwise known as Labor Day, or Labor Day weekend in some places) has its roots in antiquity.

Back then, the Greeks, as well as many other people of Europe, celebrated the final victory of spring against winter, something that would bring fertility and life to nature and, by extension, to humans.

The word “May” itself is believed to have originated from the Roman goddess Maia, who took her name from Maia, one of the Pleiades. The word maia back then meant wet nurse and mother. The celebrations of antiquity were, of course, altered over time, but they survive today as simple folk traditions.

Taking this historical context and examining it in light of more recent events and current traditions, you’ll uncover so much about Greece’s culture. Let GreekPod101.com show you everything you need to know about May 1 Day in Greece!

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1. What is Labor Day?

May 1, otherwise known as Protomayá (”May Day”), is a holiday dedicated to spring and the flowers. It’s also called International Workers’ Day in memory of the uprising of the workers of Chicago on May 1886, who were demanding an eight-hour working schedule and better working conditions.

For the labor unions, this is a day to strike, while for the rest it’s simply a public holiday. Thus, Labor Day’s meaning varies based on who you ask and who’s celebrating. Regardless, May Day in Greece is a day of historical significance and modern-day fun.

2. When is Labor Day?

The First of May

Each year, May 1st Day is celebrated on—May 1st! The perfect time of year to collect Greek flowers and observe the following Greek customs for May Day.

3. How is Labor Day Celebrated?

People Leaping Through Fire

How is May 1 celebrated in Greece? Read the Greek text below (and find the English translation directly below it) to learn about Greek customs during Protomagia.

Στην Ελλάδα το πιο γνωστό έθιμο της Πρωτομαγιάς είναι το πρωτομαγιάτικο στεφάνι. Πολλοί εκμεταλλεύονται την αργία και πηγαίνουν εκδρομές στην ύπαιθρο για να μαζέψουν αγριολούλουδα και πρασινάδες, που θα πλέξουν σε στεφάνι και θα κρεμάσουν στις πόρτες τους απ’ έξω. Το έθιμο αυτό φέρνει τους ανθρώπους πιο κοντά στη φύση, ακόμα και όσους ζουν στις πόλεις. Το στεφάνι ξεραίνεται και παραμένει στις πόρτες ως τη γιορτή του Αϊ-Γιαννιού, όπου στην επαρχία το καίνε στις φωτιές που ανάβουν.

Σε πολλές περιοχές ο Μάης ενσαρκώνεται στο «Μαγιόπουλο». Στο έθιμο αυτό ένα παιδί στολισμένο με λουλούδια τριγυρνάει στους δρόμους του χωριού μαζί με συνοδεία, και όλοι χορεύουν και τραγουδάνε τραγούδια για τον Μάη. Στη Ναύπακτο το Μαγιόπουλο συνοδεύεται από γέρους φουστανελάδες που κρατούν κουδούνια στολισμένα με ανθισμένη ιτιά. Το έθιμο αυτό, με ελάχιστες παραλλαγές, λέγεται «πιπεριά» στη βόρεια Εύβοια. Από τα χαράματα οι νέες του χωριού σκεπάζουν το σώμα μιας λυγερόκορμης κοπέλας με λουλούδια και φτέρες. Της κρεμάνε και ένα κουδούνι και αυτή είναι… η «πιπεριά».

Σε μερικά μέρη όλοι καταβρέχουν την «πιπεριά» και τραγουδάνε παρακαλώντας για βροχή, ενώ εκείνη υποκλίνεται σε όσους τη ραντίζουν. Λένε πως πολλές φορές μετά το γύρισμα της «πιπεριάς» στους δρόμους του χωριού, βρέχει!

In Greece, the most well-known tradition of May Day is the May Day wreath. Many people take advantage of this holiday and go on field trips in the countryside to collect wild flowers and greenery, which they will then weave into a wreath that they hang outside their doors. This tradition brings people closer to nature, even those who live in the cities. The wreath dries up and remains on the doors until the celebration of St. John, where in the province it is burned in the fires that people ignite.

In many regions, May is personified with the May child. In this tradition, a child decorated with flowers wanders around the streets of the village with some escorts, and everyone dances and sings songs about May. In Nafpaktos, the May child is accompanied by elderly men who wear fustanela skirts and hold bells decorated with willow tree blossoms. This tradition, with a few variations, is called piperiá (”pepper tree̶ ;) in north Euboea. From the crack of dawn, the young girls of the village cover the body of a tall and beautiful young girl with flowers and ferns. They also hang a bell on her, making her piperiá.

In some places, everyone hoses down piperiá and sings pleas for rain, while she bows to those who sprinkle her. It’s said that very often after the stroll of piperiá on the streets of the village, it rains!

4. Additional Information

Do you know when the first May Day protest in Greece was?

It was in 1892 from the Central Socialist Association of Kallergis. Then another one followed the year after, with over 2,000 workers demanding an eight-hour working schedule, Sunday as a day off, and public health insurance for the victims of labor accidents. Nowadays on Protomagia, Greece holds protests, with the largest ones being in the center of Athens.

5. Must-know Vocab

Single White Flower

Here’s some vocabulary you should know for May 1st Day in Greece!

  • Εργάτης (ergátis) — “worker”
  • Άνοιξη (ánixi) — “spring”
  • Μάιος (Máios) — “May”
  • Λουλούδι (lulúdi) — “flower”
  • Αργία (aryía) — “holiday”
  • εργατική Πρωτομαγιά (ergatikí Protomayá) — “Labor Day”
  • Εργαζόμενος (ergazómenos) — “employee”
  • εργατική επανάσταση (ergatikí epanástasi) — “workers’ revolution”
  • Επανάσταση (epanástasi) — “revolution”
  • πρωτομαγιάτικο στεφάνι (protomayiátiko stefáni) — “May 1st Day wreath”
  • Πρωτομαγιά (Protomayá) — “May 1st Day”
  • φτιάχνω στεφάνι (ftiáhno stefáni) — “make wreath”
  • Μαγιόξυλο (mayóxilo) — “cypress branch used on May 1st Day”
  • εργατικό σωματείο (ergatikó somatío) — “labor union”
  • το πήδημα της φωτιάς (to pídima tis fotiás) — “leaping through fire”
  • Προλεταριάτο (proletariáto) — “proletariat”
  • αμίλητο νερό (amílito neró) — “silent water”
  • εργατική τάξη (ergatikí táxi) — “working class”
  • Απεργία (aperyía) — “strike”

To hear the pronunciation of each word, check out our May 1st Day vocabulary list, where you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio file of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

As you can see, May 1 is a day of great celebration across Greece, both rooted in history and blossoming in light of the modern world. What do you think about Greece’s celebration of May 1? Does your country have similar (or very different) celebrations? Let us know in the comments!

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Know that your studying and practice will pay off, and you’ll soon be speaking Greek—and talking about its culture—like a native! Best wishes in your language-learning journey!

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How to Find a Job in Greece: Tips & Everything You Need to Know

230 days of sunshine, more than 200 scenic, inhabited islands, welcoming faces of people, and a relaxed lifestyle. Sounds great, right? Well, you’ll be able to experience all of these and even more if you decide to find a job in Greece and stay for an extended period of time.

Although Greece has gone through a vast economic recession, now it’s time for the country to flourish again. The government aims to encourage private investments and the demand for specialized employees has increased due to brain drain.

In this article, GreekPod101.com will share with you everything you need to know about finding a job in Greece. Here are some useful tips and inside information, in order to get you ready for an amazing life experience. Once you’ve found out more about jobs in Greece for English speakers and how to get them, you’ll be all set. So let’s get started.

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Search for a Job in Greece
  2. Popular Job Categories for Foreigners in Greece
  3. Skills and Other Requirements
  4. Conclusion

1. How to Search for a Job in Greece

Holding a Red Pen

When it comes to searching for a job in Greece, there are plenty of choices. Ten to twenty years ago, the best way to land a job in Greece was by searching through job ads published in local newspapers. Although there are still newspapers publishing job ads, the game has been shifted towards job hunting through the Internet. In this section, we’ll present you with the most popular ways to find yourself some job opportunities so that you can begin working in Greece.

1- Finding a Job through Online Ads

There’s a wide variety of international, as well as local, websites where you can browse through job ads. All of them are keyword-based, which means you’ll have to enter a keyword related to the job you’re looking for and search through the results. Other filters are also available such as region, years of experience, etc.. So without further ado, here are some of the top Greek job hunting websites.

Xe.gr
“Xe” stands for “Χρυσή Ευκαιρία (Hrisí Efkería)” which is translated in English to “Golden Opportunity.” Xe.gr is a popular choice amongst employers, as well as candidates. On this website you can find a wide variety of job ads for positions throughout Greece. Currently it’s only available in Greek; however, they plan on offering English content soon.

  • Pros: A popular website in Greece with many job ads throughout the country.
  • Cons: Only available in Greek at the moment.

Indeed.com
Indeed is a leader in job hunting and it recently entered the Greek labor market. The user can browse through various job ads and a build-your-own-CV feature is also available. In addition, the CV can be sent directly to the company through the website.

  • Pros: Easy to use and available in a variety of languages.
  • Cons: Not very popular in Greece. If you know Greek at an advanced level, you’ll find the Greek version a bit odd. Localization didn’t go so well on that one.

Kariera.gr
Καριέρα (Kariéra) in Greek is “Career” in English. This is a really popular website for finding job opportunities in Greece. Many national, as well as international, organizations based in Greece prefer posting their vacancies on this website. This website also supports creating and sending a CV directly to the company.

  • Pros: Wide variety of job opportunities, mainly from large companies and organizations. Some ads are in English.
  • Cons: Only available in Greek. Not many blue collar jobs available.

Skywalker.gr
This website is a member of the group The Network, a worldwide organization which has created 37 local websites in 37 different countries. Each website is well-adjusted to the characteristics of different labor markets, offering a fully localized experience. For example, while offering job advertisements through the Greek website, skywalker.gr also periodically publishes a newspaper—often inserted into popular national newspapers—in order to facilitate individuals who don’t have access to electronic services, or who prefer the old, traditional way of job hunting in Greece.

  • Pros: Wide variety of job opportunities, mainly from large companies and organizations.
  • Cons: Only available in Greek.

Careerjet.gr
Careerjet is a popular search engine for jobs. This website gathers job ads from many different websites. Its search engine nature provides an easy way to find a job, as it grants you access to a selection of websites and companies looking to hire new personnel.

  • Pros: A wide variety of sources.
  • Cons: Only available in Greek.

2- Finding a Job in Greece through Recruitment Companies

This isn’t a very popular way to find a job in Greece amongst locals, though you can still give it a try. Just send your CV to a recruitment company with activity in Greece, and who knows? You might be able to find the job of your dreams. Most recruitment companies in Greece also offer selected job ads on their websites.

A huge advantage of recruitment companies is that they can inform you about everything related to your new life in Greece. They often take care of any paperwork needed, as well. Contacting a recruitment company can also be beneficial if you don’t speak Greek at a conversational level, as it functions as a mediator between the candidate and the company.

The following are some recruitment companies in Greece:

3- Finding a Job in Greece through LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the number one professional networking website in the world. For those who aren’t familiar with this special social network, the user is able to build a professional profile demonstrating all the important aspects of his career, as well as his skills, achievements, and professional experience. Basically, a personal LinkedIn profile functions as an electronic Curriculum Vitae.

However, LinkedIn also provides online job ads. Organizations, recruitment companies, and independent headhunters use this platform in order to find the most appropriate employee for a given job vacancy.

In Greece, over the past few years, the importance of LinkedIn has been highlighted. More and more companies are using it in order to find the perfect employee or even to simply widen their search. Nevertheless, LinkedIn is merely used in order to find highly specialized personnel.

4- Other Ways to Find a Job in Greece

Publicize your interest in finding a job in Greece. Do you have friends or relatives in Greece? Just talk to them. Word-of-mouth personal branding is one of the most effective ways to get you the job you want. Greeks are quite communicative and helpful—it’s not a coincidence that they’re famous for their hospitality.

Another way is to start sending your CV to companies based in Greece, that you ideally want to work for, regardless of the job ads you might find. Every well-established company will take into account a prestigious CV, even if there aren’t any vacancies at the moment.

Last but not least, if you’re already in Greece, don’t be shy. It’s common for people looking for a job to visit shops and leave a CV just in case. You can start by strolling around your neighborhood. Who knows? A good job opportunity might be around the corner.

2. Popular Job Categories for Foreigners in Greece

The knowledge of a foreign language at a native speaker level has always been a huge advantage in the Greek labor market. So, which jobs are the most popular amongst foreigners in Greece?

1- Tourism-related Jobs

Woman Holding a Paper

Greece is a popular tourist destination, and offering information and services in the traveller’s native language just takes customer service to another level. Therefore, the Greek tourism industry is in high need of foreign employees. There’s a huge demand for Scandinavian, Russian, German, Spanish, and Italian speakers. Indeed, knowledge of Greek is often not required, but knowledge of English, along with your native language, is totally a must.

Tourism-related jobs are often available at the beginning of each summer season, which in Greece is pretty early, around mid-March or April, till the end of October. In addition, this category of jobs is in high demand on Greek islands and other popular tourist destinations, so many foreigners prefer them, as they combine holidays on sandy beaches with work.

2- Teaching Jobs

Teacher

Another popular choice for foreigners is teaching their native language. In Greece there are many private educational organizations, where languages from all over the world are taught. In this case, a teaching degree is often needed. In addition, if you aim to teach young children, a conversational level of Greek language is almost a prerequisite. However, when it comes to teaching adults, knowledge of the English language along with your native language can also work, as adults in Greece have a really good knowledge of English. This allows you to explain everything in English.

3- Technology-related Jobs

Man Holding a Loptop

Greece might be a well-developed country, but the recent economic crisis didn’t allow technology to drastically enter the everyday lives of its citizens until recently. Therefore, now, e-commerce, mobile app development, and electronic transactions have begun to flourish. This has led to an increase in the demand for technology-related professions. Foreigners have equal opportunities with locals and in many cases a knowledge of Greek isn’t mandatory.

3. Skills and Other Requirements

Resume

The procedure of finding a job in Greece is pretty much the same as in any other country. In order to search for a job, a well-written CV is a must. In Greece, a Europass template is quite popular and happily accepted. A motivation (or cover) letter isn’t required most of the time, as only multinational companies based in Greece might ask for one. By the end of the selection process, the company contacts all shortlisted candidates, usually through phone, and arranges an interview.

The interview is quite typical compared to other European countries. You might be asked to talk a little bit about yourself and your professional experience. Some large organizations or recruitment companies might put you through a skills test, which will complement the interview procedure, but there’s no standard here.

Hopefully these Greek CV tips and interview information will help you be your best for the best job out there!

Lastly, in order to be able to work legally in Greece, you’ll have to find an employer who will grant you with a work invitation. In this way, you can get a working VISA in Greece, which should be renewed every year. Working and living in Greece will be a breeze for you with your VISA.

4. Conclusion

As you can see, in Greece you can find a job even without speaking the language. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to find a better job if you do speak Greek. In addition, speaking Greek will make your stay and everyday life in Greece much easier. Start learning Greek today with GreekPod101.com and prepare yourself and the future of your career!

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Kathari Deftera: How to Celebrate Clean Monday in Greece

Clean Monday (also known as Kathari Deftera or Καθαρά Δευτέρα) is a religious holiday in Greece, and marks the beginning of Lent. This is a holiday of great importance in the country, is a strong representation of what Christianity looks like in Greece, and provides a lot of important cultural insight.

Let GreekPod101.com guide you through all the facets of Ash Monday. This way, you can learn the Greek language in context, and gain much knowledge concerning the country and its people. Let’s get started!

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1. What is Clean Monday in Greece?

Clean Monday is a particularly popular celebration. It is called Clean because on this day the Lent fast that cleanses the Christians spiritually and physically begins, while it is also the end of the frenzied celebrations of the Triodion. Clean Monday is a public holiday, so families take the opportunity to gather and celebrate the beginning of Lent together, 48 days before Easter.

2. When is Clean Monday?

Family Flying Kite in Field

The date of Clean Monday in Greece differs each year. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years:

  • 2019: March 11
  • 2020: March 2
  • 2021: March 15
  • 2022: March 7
  • 2023: February 27
  • 2024: March 18
  • 2025: March 3
  • 2026: February 23
  • 2027: March 15
  • 2028: February 28

3. Reading Practice: How is Clean Monday Celebrated?

Deep-Fried Calamari Dish

Read the Greek text below to learn how Greeks celebrate Clean Monday! You can find the English translation directly below it.
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Για τους περισσότερους η Καθαρά Δευτέρα σημαίνει εκδρομές στην ύπαιθρο, πέταγμα χαρταετού, παραδοσιακή μουσική και φαγοπότι με νηστίσιμα φαγητά όπως η λαγάνα, ο ταραμάς, ο χαλβάς, η φασολάδα και τα καλαμαράκια. Η λαγάνα είναι ένα είδος επίπεδου άζυμου ψωμιού πασπαλισμένο με σουσάμι. Όσον αφορά τους χαρταετούς, παλιότερα οι άνθρωποι τους κατασκεύαζαν μόνοι τους με καλάμια και χαρτί. Επειδή όμως αυτό θέλει μαστοριά στο ζύγισμα για να μπορέσει να πετάξει ο χαρταετός, σήμερα οι περισσότεροι αγοράζουν έτοιμους. Τα έθιμα της καθαροδευτεριάτικης αυτής εξόδου λέγονται «κούλουμα».

Σε πολλές περιοχές της Ελλάδας τα κούλουμα γιορτάζονται με διαφορετικούς τρόπους. Για παράδειγμα στο Γαλαξίδι η Καθαρά Δευτέρα μόνο «καθαρή» δεν είναι, καθώς από το μεσημέρι και μετά λαμβάνουν χώρα τα διάσημα «αλευρομουτζουρώματα». Εκατοντάδες κάτοικοι και επισκέπτες συγκεντρώνονται στο λιμάνι όπου και διεξάγεται ένας απίστευτος πόλεμος με τόνους από αλεύρι, φούμο και λουλάκι. Τα κυνηγητά και τα πειράγματα συνεχίζονται μέχρι το σούρουπο. Το έθιμο αυτό είναι αρκετά διασκεδαστικό, αρκεί να τηρούνται οι απαραίτητες προφυλάξεις όπως η χρήση προστατευτικών γυαλιών, μάσκας και κατάλληλων ρούχων.

Πολλά έθιμα αυτή την ημέρα αναβιώνουν το θέμα του γάμου. «Του Κουτρούλη ο Γάμος» στη Μεθώνη ήταν ένας πραγματικός γάμος που άφησε εποχή τον 14ο αιώνα. Στη Θήβα ο «Βλάχικος γάμος», που έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει από την Τσικνοπέμπτη, κορυφώνεται με το ξύρισμα του γαμπρού και το στόλισμα της νύφης, η οποία στη πραγματικότητα είναι άντρας! Γενικά σ’ όλη την Ελλάδα πολλοί δήμοι προσφέρουν δωρεάν λαγάνες, φασολάδα, χαλβά και ελιές, όπως κάνει κάθε χρόνο ο Δήμος Αθηναίων στον Λόφο Φιλοπάππου και στο Άλσος Βεΐκου.

Η δωρεάν προσφορά φαγητού στις καθαροδευτεριάτικες εκδηλώσεις προσελκύει κάθε χρόνο μεγάλο αριθμό κόσμου, με αποτέλεσμα να δημιουργούνται τεράστιες ουρές στους πάγκους και να εξαντλούνται οι μερίδες μέσα σε πολύ λίγη ώρα.
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For most people, Clean Monday means excursions in the countryside, flying a kite, traditional music, and a feast with fasting foods such as lagana bread, taramas (salted and cured cod roe), halva, bean soup, and squid. Lagana is a type of flat unleavened bread sprinkled with sesame seeds. Regarding the kites, in the old days, people used to make them by themselves with reeds and paper. But because this requires good craftsmanship in the weighting so that the kite can fly, today most people buy ready-made ones. The customs of this Clean Monday outing are called koulouma.

In many areas of Greece, koulouma are celebrated in different ways. For example in Galaxidi, Clean Monday is anything but clean, as from noon and beyond, the famous flour fights take place. Hundreds of residents and visitors gather at the harbor, where an incredible war is performed with tons of flour, soot, and indigo. All the chasing and teasing continues until dusk. This custom is quite fun, as long as the necessary precautions are taken, such as the use of protective goggles, a mask, and suitable clothing.

Many traditions on this day revive the concept of marriage. Koutrouli’s wedding in Methoni was a real marriage that made history in the 14th century. In Thebes the Vlach wedding, which has already started from Fat Thursday, culminates with the shaving of the groom and the dressing of the bride, who in reality is a man! Generally all over Greece, many municipalities offer free lagana bread, bean soup, halva, and olives, just like the municipality of Athens does every year on the Filopappou Hill and the Veikou Park.

The offer of free food during the festivities of Clean Monday attracts a large number of people every year, resulting in long queues at the stalls and the depletion of the portions within a very short time.

4. Additional Information

There is also another variation on why we characterize this day as Clean. Do you know which one it is?

The other version is that Clean Monday was named this way because in the old days the housewives used to wash their cooking utensils all day long after the feast of the carnival. Clean Monday meals may be delicious, but you can imagine the mess they leave behind on cookware!

5. Must-know Vocab

Path in the Countryside

Here’s some vocabulary you should know to celebrate Clean Monday in Greece!

  • Εξοχή (exohí) — “countryside”
  • Νηστεία (nistía) — “fasting”
  • νηστίσιμο φαγητό (nistísimo fayitó) — “Lenten meal”
  • πέταγμα χαρταετού (pétagma hartaetú) — “kite flying
  • Χαρταετός (hartaetós) — “kite”
  • καθαροδευτεριάτικη έξοδος (katharodefteriátiki éxodos) — “Clean Monday outing”
  • Διασκέδαση (diaskédasi) — “fun”
  • Σαρακοστή (Sarakostí) — “Great Lent”
  • Φασολάδα (fasoláda) — “Greek bean soup”
  • Κούλουμα (kúluma) — “celebration of Clean Monday”
  • Λαγάνα (lagána) — “Clean Monday bread”
  • Χαλβάς (halvás) — “halva”
  • Αλευρομουτζούρωμα (alevromudjúroma) — “flour fight” (also known as the flour war)
  • Λουλάκι (luláki) — “indigo”
  • Ύπαιθρος (ípethros) — “countryside”
  • καλαμαράκια τηγανητά (kalamarákia tiganitá) — “deep fried calamari”
  • Χορός (horós) — “dance”
  • Ταραμάς (taramás) — “preserved fish roe
  • Ταραμοσαλάτα (taramosaláta) — “fish roe dip”

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Greek Clean Monday vocabulary list. Here you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

Now you know more about Clean Monday in Greece. What do you think of this holiday? Is there a similar celebration in your own country? Let us know in the comments!

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Tsiknopempti: How to Celebrate Greek Fat Thursday

Fat Thursday is one of many Greek holidays where heavy feasting takes place. This religious Greece holiday, also called Tsiknopempti, is important for you to get to know so that you can better understand Greek culture.

Here at GreekPod101.com, it’s our goal to help you delve deep into the Greek culture and language, both efficiently and in a fun manner. So, let’s go ahead and start learning about what Fat Thursday in Greece really looks like.

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1. What is Fat Thursday in Greece?

Fat Thursday, or Τσικνοπέμπτη (Tsiknopémpti), is traditionally a day where grilled meat is consumed in large quantities. If you find yourself in Greece on Fat Thursday, you won’t be able to mistake what day it is, because the smell of burning fat being roasted on grills is everywhere! The event is celebrated 59 days before Easter, or Πάσχα.

Essentially, Fat Thursday is a “last chance” of celebration and rowdiness before Easter. This is because the Lent holiday is nearby, which is a time of fasting and abstinence from all those things which will be enjoyed on Fat Thursday.

2. When is it?

The date of Fat Thursday varies each year, as it depends on the date of Lent and of Easter. This Greek holiday takes place the Thursday before Lent. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years:

  • 2019: February 28
  • 2020: February 20
  • 2021: February 11
  • 2022: February 24
  • 2023: February 16
  • 2024: February 8
  • 2025: February 27
  • 2026: February 12
  • 2027: February 4
  • 2028: February 17

3. How is it Celebrated?

Sliced Pork

The origin of Fat Thursday is not verified, but it’s thought that it comes from the Dionysian and bacchanal festivals of the ancient Greeks and Romans. This is why many special events are often accompanied by mocking songs, teasing, speaking in a vulgar manner, and sexual innuendo.

1- Food: Greek Meat Dishes

In many regions, pigs, or χοίροι, are slaughtered, while outdoor grills are set up everywhere from early in the morning, continuously churning out exquisite tidbits, or Μεζές (mezés), and traditional skewered meat.

There is plenty of meat eating, or Κρεοφαγία (kreofayía), and wine drinking, or Οινοποσία (inoposía), on this day, as it’s the last chance for rowdiness and meat consumption before Lent, or Σαρακοστή, the period of fasting. After Fat Thursday, the next opportunity for partying doesn’t occur until Easter, a whole 59 days later, which is why Greeks put so much effort into making it an enjoyable event.

Meats eaten on this day are cooked over charcoals, or κάρβουνα (kárvuno), which strongly emit the smell of burning fat, hence the name “Fat Thursday.”

2- Reading Practice: Marriage

Read the Greek text below to find out about this fun custom (you can find the English translation below it).
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Η έννοια του γάμου συναντάται σε πολλά έθιμα, όπως αυτό της «Κουλουρούς» στην Πάτρα. Η Γιαννούλα η κουλουρού ντύνεται νύφη και πηγαίνει στο λιμάνι να προϋπαντήσει τον Αμερικανό πρόεδρο Ουίλσον πιστεύοντας, λανθασμένα, πως την αγαπά και θέλει να την παντρευτεί. Ο κόσμος που τη συνοδεύει διασκεδάζει με τα καμώματά της. Στη Θήβα επίσης, την Τσικνοπέμπτη αρχίζει ο περίφημος «βλάχικος γάμος» που βασίζεται στο προξενιό δύο νέων, και ολοκληρώνεται την Καθαρά Δευτέρα. Τέλος στις Σέρρες ανάβονται μεγάλες φωτιές. Αφού ψήσουν το κρέας, οι άνθρωποι πηδούν από πάνω τους.

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The concept of marriage is found in many traditions, such as that of the Koulourou (bagel saleslady) in Patras. Giannoula, who sells bagels, dresses up as a bride and goes to the harbor to meet and welcome the American president Wilson believing, mistakenly, that he loves her and wants to marry her. The people that accompany her are being entertained with her behavior. In Thebes also, on Fat Thursday the famous Vlach wedding begins, which is based on the matchmaking of two young people, and ends on Clean Monday. Finally, in Serres, large fires are being lit. After they roast the meat, people jump over them.

The incident of Giannoula, the bagel saleslady, did happen before the second World War. Since the prank that was played on this naive woman caused so much laughter, the show was repeated for several years, so it ended up becoming a custom.

4. Additional Information

Why do Greek people eat meat on Thursday, as you see in the name Fat Thursday, as opposed to other weekdays?

For the Orthodox Church, or Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, the fasts of Wednesday and Friday are important. Because Thursday lies between these two days, it is considered the most suitable day for revelry.

5. Must-know Vocab

Triodion Book

In order to celebrate Fat Thursday in Greece, you’re going to need to know some basic vocabulary for this holiday:

  • Χοιρινό (hirinó) — “pork”
  • Κρέας (kréas) — “meat”
  • Μουσική (musikí) — “music”
  • Σουβλάκι (suvláki) — “souvlaki
  • Τριώδιο (Triódio) — “Triodion
  • Απόκριες (apókries) — “carnival”
  • Λίπος (lípos) — “fat”
  • Κρεοφαγία (kreofayía) — “meat eating”
  • Οινοποσία (inoposía) — “wine drinking”
  • Τσίκνα (tsíkna) — “smell of burning food”
  • Υπαίθριος (ipéthrios) — “outdoor”
  • Ψησταριά (psistariá) — “grill”
  • τρικούβερτο γλέντι (trikúverto gléndi) — “high jinks”
  • Μεζές (mezés) — “tidbit”
  • Κάρβουνο (kárvuno) — “charcoal”
  • Τσικνοπέμπτη (Tsiknopémpti) — “Fat Thursday”

To hear the pronunciation of each word, visit our Greek Fat Thursday vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find an audio of each pronunciation alongside the word.

Conclusion

Now you know more about how Greeks celebrate Fat Thursday. What do you think about this holiday? Does your country celebrate Fat Thursday or a similar holiday? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Say I Love You in Greek - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Greek could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Greek partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At GreekPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Greek lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Greek dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Greek Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Greek Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Greek Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Greek love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Greek word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Greek date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Greek Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Θα ήθελες να βγούμε έξω για δείπνο;
  • Tha ítheles na vgúme éxo ya dípno?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Greek is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Είσαι ελεύθερος αυτό το Σαββατοκύριακο;
  • Íse eléftheros aftó to Sabatokíriako?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Τι ώρα να συναντηθούμε αύριο;
  • Ti óra na sinandithúme ávrio?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Πού να συναντηθούμε;
  • Pú na sinandithúme?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Δείχνεις πολύ ωραίος.
  • Díhnis polí oréos.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Είσαι τόσο χαριτωμένος.
  • Íse tóso haritoménos.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Τι γνώμη έχεις γι’ αυτό το μέρος;
  • Ti gnómi éhis yi’ aftó to méros?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Greek language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Μπορώ να σε ξαναδώ;
  • Boró na se xanadó?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Θες να πάμε κάπου αλλού;
  • Thes na páme kápu alú?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Ξέρω ένα καλό μέρος.
  • Xéro éna kaló méros.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Θα σε πάω σπίτι.
  • Tha se páo spíti.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Ήταν μια ωραία βραδιά.
  • Ítan mia oréa vradiá.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Πότε μπορώ να σε ξαναδώ;
  • Póte boró na se xanadó?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Θα σε πάρω τηλέφωνο.
  • Tha se páro tiléfono.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Greek phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Greek below!

Date Ideas in Greek

museum

  • μουσείο
  • musío

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • δείπνο με κεριά
  • dípno me keriá

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • πηγαίνετε στον ζωολογικό κήπο
  • piyénete ston zooloyikó kípo

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • πηγαίνετε για έναν μεγάλο περίπατο
  • piyénete ya énan megálo perípato

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • πήγαινε στην όπερα
  • píyene stin ópera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • πηγαίνετε στο ενυδρείο
  • piyénete sto enidrío

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • περπατήστε στην παραλία
  • perpatíste stin paralía

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • κάντε ένα πικ νικ
  • kánde éna pik ník

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • μαγειρέψτε ένα γεύμα μαζί
  • mayirépste éna yévma mazí

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • δειπνήστε και δείτε μια ταινία
  • dipníste ke díte mia tenía

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Greek

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Greek - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Greek Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Greek yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Greek? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Greek love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Greek

I love you.

  • Σ’ αγαπώ.
  • S’ agapó

Saying ‘I love you’ in Greek carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Σημαίνεις τόσα πολλά για μένα.
  • Siménis tósa polá ya ména.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Θες να γίνεις ο Βαλεντίνος μου;
  • Thes na yínis o Valentínos mu?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Είσαι τόσο όμορφος.
  • Íse tóso ómorfos.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Greek, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Σε βλέπω σαν κάτι παραπάνω από φίλο.
  • Se vlépo san káti parapáno apó fílo.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Greek dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Εκατό καρδιές θα ήταν πολύ λίγες για να κρατήσουν όλη την αγάπη μου για σένα.
  • Ekató kardiés tha ítan polí líyes ya na kratísun óli tin agápi mu ya séna.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Η αγάπη είναι απλώς αγάπη. Δεν μπορεί να εξηγηθεί ποτέ.
  • I agápi íne aplós agápi. Den borí na exiyithí poté.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Είσαι τόσο γοητευτικός.
  • Íse tóso goiteftikós.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Greek love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Έχω καψούρα μαζί σου.
  • Ého kapsúra mazí su.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Με κάνεις να θέλω να γίνω καλύτερος άνθρωπος.
  • Me kánis na thélo na yíno kalíteros ánthropos.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Greek girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Όλα όσα λέγετε και κάνετε ας γίνονται με αγάπη.
  • Óla ósa léyete ke kánete as yínonde me agápi.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Είσαι το φως μου, αγάπη μου.
  • Íse to fos mu, agápi mu.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Οι λέξεις δεν μπορούν να περιγράψουν την αγάπη μου για σένα.
  • I léxis den borún na perigrápsun tin agápi mu ya séna.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Ήταν γραφτό να είμαστε μαζί.
  • Ítan graftó na ímaste mazí.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Αν σκεφτόσουν κάποιον ενώ διάβαζες αυτό, τότε είσαι σίγουρα ερωτευμένος.
  • An skeftósun kápion enó diávazes aftó, tóte íse sígura erotevménos.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Greek Quotes about Love

Greek Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Greek lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Greek that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Greek Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Greek lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Greek custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Greek Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Πρέπει να μιλήσουμε.
    • Prépi na milísume.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Απλά δεν είμαι έτοιμη για μια τέτοιου είδους σχέση.
    • Aplá den íme étimi ya mia tétiu ídus schési.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Ας μείνουμε απλά φίλοι.
    • As mínume aplá fíli.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Greek, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Νομίζω ότι χρειαζόμαστε ένα διάλειμμα.
    • Nomízo óti hriazómaste éna diálima.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Σου αξίζει κάτι καλύτερο.
    • Su axízi káti kalítero.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    I need my space.

    • Χρειάζομαι μια απόσταση.
    • Hriázome mia apóstasi.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Νομίζω ότι προχωράμε πολύ γρήγορα.
    • Nomízo óti prohoráme polí grígora.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Πρέπει να επικεντρωθώ στην καριέρα μου.
    • Prépi na epikendrothó stin kariéra mu.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Δεν είμαι αρκετή για σένα.
    • Den íme arketí ya séna.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Απλώς δεν σ’ αγαπώ πια.
    • Aplós den s’ agapó pia.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Απλώς δεν είμαστε ο ένας για τον άλλον.
    • Aplós den ímaste o énas ya ton álon.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Είναι για το καλύτερο.
    • Íne ya to kalítero.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Έχουμε απομακρυνθεί ο ένας απ’ τον άλλον.
    • Éhume apomakrinthí o énas ap’ ton álon.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Δεν έχει να κάνει με σένα, έχει να κάνει με μένα.
    • Den éhi na káni me séna, éhi na káni me ména.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Greek lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Πρέπει να αρχίσουμε να βγαίνουμε με άλλους.
    • Prépi na arhísume na vyénume me álus.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Greek faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. GreekPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Greek language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Greek Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Greek speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    GreekPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Greek, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Greek even faster.

    2- Having your Greek romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Greek language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Greek lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Greek partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why GreekPod101 helps you learn Greek Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Greek is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at GreekPod101 is translated into both English and Greek. So, while your partner can help you learn Greek faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Greek Culture
    At GreekPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Greece. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Greek partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Greek Phrases
    You now have access to GreekPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Greek soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Greek Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Greek or any language without traditional classroom instruction: GreekPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is GreekPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Greek or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Greek alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Greek alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Greek and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Greek Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with GreekPod101

    Learning with GreekPod101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Greek Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Greek conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. GreekPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Greek instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Greek actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Greek Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although GreekPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, GreekPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Greek learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, GreekPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Greek Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Greek alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Greek on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    GreekPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, GreekPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With GreekPod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Greek well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Greek conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Greek greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Greek as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Greek faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Greek people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Greek conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Greek. In fact, with just a couple hundred Greek words you could have a very basic Greek conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Greek, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    GreekPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Greek

    Learning Greek

    For more than 10 years, GreekPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Greek by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Greek fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Greek Instructors: GreekPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Greek vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Greek and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Greek Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Greek. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Greek conversations or lessons is all it really takes. GreekPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Greek and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!