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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Greek

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Greek!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Greek Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can GreekPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Greek - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Greek? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Greek words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - αστειεύομαι - astiévome
  2. funny - αστείος - astíos
  3. lie - λέω ψέματα - léo psémata
  4. prankster - φαρσέρ - farsér
  5. prank - φάρσα - fársa
  6. play a joke - κάνω φάρσα - káno fársa
  7. deceptive - παραπλανητικός - paraplanitikós
  8. April 1st - 1η Απριλίου - próti Aprilíu
  9. surprise - κάνω έκπληξη - káno ékplixi
  10. humor - χιούμορ - hiúmor
  11. fool - ανόητος - anóitos
  12. sneaky - ύπουλος - ípulos

2. Greek Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Greek Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Greek to prank your favorite Greek friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Greek in 1 month.
    • Έμαθα ελληνικά σε έναν μήνα.
    • Ématha eliniká se énan mína.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • Όλα τα μαθήματα για σήμερα ακυρώθηκαν.
    • Óla ta mathímata ya símera akiróthikan.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • Λυπάμαι πολύ, όμως μόλις έσπασα τα αγαπημένα σου γυαλιά.
    • Lipáme polí, ómos mólis éspasa ta agapiména su yaliá.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • Κάποιος μόλις χτύπησε το αυτοκίνητό σου.
    • Kápios mólis htípise to aftokínitó su.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • Παντρεύομαι.
    • Pandrévome.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • Κέρδισες ένα δωρεάν εισιτήριο.
    • Kérdises éna doreán isitírio.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • Είδα που ρυμουλκούσαν το αμάξι σου.
    • Ída pu rimulkúsan to amáxi su.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • Μοιράζουν δωρεάν δωροκάρτες έξω από το κτίριο.
    • Mirázun doreán dorokártes éxo apó to ktírio.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • Ένας γοητευτικός τύπος σε περιμένει απ’ έξω.
    • Énas goiteftikós típos se periméni ap’ éxo.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • Μια όμορφη κυρία μου ζήτησε να σου δώσω αυτό το νούμερο τηλεφώνου.
    • Mia ómorfi kiría mu zítise na su dóso aftó to número tilefónu.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • Μπορείς να κατέβεις λίγο; Έχω κάτι πολύ ιδιαίτερο για σένα.
    • Borís na katévis lígo? Ého káti polí idiétero ya séna.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • Σε ευχαριστώ για το ερωτικό σου γράμμα αυτό το πρωί. Δεν θα μπορούσα να είχα μαντέψει ποτέ τα συναισθήματά σου.
    • Se efharistó ya to erotikó su gráma aftó to proí. Den tha borúsa na íha mandépsi poté ta sinesthímatá su.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Greek, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can GreekPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit Greece, or if you work for any Greek company, knowing the above Greek prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Greek words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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Greek Word of the Day - evening (noun)

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βράδυ (vrádi) evening (noun)

Δουλεύω σκληρά κατά την ημέρα, οπότε χαλαρώνω το βράδυ.
Dulévo sklirá katá tin iméra, opóte halaróno to vrádi.
I work hard during the day, so I relax in the evening.

Μετά το δείπνο απολαμβάνουμε το βράδυ μας.
Metá to dípno apolamvánume to vrádi mas.
After dinner we enjoy our evening.

βράδυ στην πόλη
vrádi stin póli
evening in the city

απογευματινό ηλιοβασίλεμα
apoyevmatinó iliovasílema
evening sunset

κάθε βράδυ
káthe vrádi
every evening

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4 Reasons Why Greek Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Greek slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Greek slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Greek? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Greek or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Greek Culture

If you turn on any popular Greek TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Greek slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Greek culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Greek slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

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Greek Word of the Day - calendar (noun)

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ημερολόγιο (imerolóyio) calendar (noun)

Σημείωσα την επέτειό μας στο ημερολόγιο.
Simeíosa tin epéteió mas sto imerológio.
I marked our anniversary on the calendar.

ημερολογιακός μήνας
imerologiakós mínas
calendar month

ημερολογιακή μέρα
imerologiakí méra
day calendar

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Greek Word of the Day - delicious (adjective)

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νόστιμος (nóstimos) delicious (adjective)

Η πίτσα φαίνεται νόστιμη.
I pítsa fénete nóstimi.
The pizza looks delicious.

Αυτό το βοδινό κρέας είναι πολύ νόστιμο.
Aftó to vodinó kréas íne polí nóstimo.
This beef is very delicious.

Η γυναίκα απολαμβάνει μια νόστιμη πίτσα.
I yinéka apolamváni mia nóstimi pítsa.
The woman is enjoying delicious pizza.

νόστιμη πίτσα
nóstimi pítsa
delicious pizza

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Greek Word of the Day - stingray (noun)

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σαλάχι (saláchi) stingray (noun)

Τα σαλάχια κολυμπάνε πάνω από τον κοραλλιογενή ύφαλο.
Ta saláchia kolympáne páno apó ton koralliogení ýfalo.
The stingrays are swimming over the coral reef.

Το σαλάχι κολυμπάει στο βυθό του ωκεανού.
To saláchi kolympáei sto vythó toy okeanoý.
The stingray is swimming on the bottom of the ocean.

καφέ σαλάχι
kafé saláchi
brown stingray

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Greek Word of the Day - speak (verb)

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μιλάω (miláo) speak (verb)

Η ομιλήτρια μιλάει στο συνέδριο.
I omilítria miláei sto synédrio.
The speaker is speaking at the conference.

Ο μεγάλος μου αδελφός μιλάει Κινέζικα και η μεγάλη μου αδελφή μιλάει Ιαπωνικά.
O megálos moy adelfós miláei Kinézika kai i megáli moy adelfí miláei Iaponiká.
My older brother speaks Chinese, and my older sister speaks Japanese.

Μιλάς Ιαπωνικα;
Milás Iaponiká?
Do you speak Japanese?

Η ομιλήτρια μιλάει στο συνέδριο.
I omilítria miláei sto synédrio.
The speaker is speaking at the conference.

Η ομιλήτρια μίλησε στο συνέδριο.
I omilítria mílise sto synédrio.
The speaker spoke at the conference.

μιλάω μια ξένη γλώσσα
miláo mia xéni glóssa
speak a foreign language

μιλάω σε συνέδριο
miláo se synédrio
speak at a conference

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Greek Word of the Day - homework (noun)

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διάβασμα (diávasma) homework (noun)

Το διάβασμά σου είναι ένα σημαντικό μέρος της μαθησιακής εμπειρίας.
To diávasmá soy eínai éna simantikó méros tis mathisiakís empeirías.
Your homework is one important part of the learning experience.

κάνω τις ασκήσεις
káno tis askíseis
do homework

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