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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Greek Season 1, Lesson 1 - Self Introduction. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Greek. Listeners, in this series we'll be presenting useful sentences for everyday situations. We’ll introduce one sentence and break it down. Please note that the translation might differ by its context.
Body
Eric: Here's an informal way to say 'Hi, I am Chrissi.' in Greek.
Chrissi: [Normal] Γεια, είμαι η Χρυσή (Ya, íme i Hrisí)
Eric: First is the interjection meaning 'hi'
Chrissi: [Normal] γεια [Slow] γεια (ya)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'I am'
Chrissi: [Normal] είμαι [Slow] είμαι (íme)
Eric: Next is the feminine definite article.
Chrissi: [Normal] η [Slow] η (i)
Eric: Last is the person’s first name, 'Chrissi.’
Chrissi: [Normal] Χρυσή [Slow] Χρυσή (Hrisí)
Eric: Listen again to the informal sentence meaning 'Hi, I am Chrissi.'
Chrissi: [Slow] Γεια, είμαι η Χρυσή [Normal] Γεια, είμαι η Χρυσή.
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at a formal way to say 'Hello, my name is Chrissi Papadopoulou.'
Chrissi: [Normal] Χαίρετε, ονομάζομαι Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου. (Hérete onomázome Hrisí Papadopúlu)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'hello'
Chrissi: [Normal] χαίρετε [Slow] χαίρετε (hérete)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'my name is'
Chrissi: [Normal] ονομάζομαι [Slow] ονομάζομαι (onomázome)
Eric: Last is the person’s full name 'Chrissi Papadopoulou'
Chrissi: [Normal] Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου [Slow] Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου (Hrisí Papadopúlu)
Eric: Listen again to the formal sentence meaning 'Hello, my name is Chrissi Papadopoulou.'
Chrissi: [Slow] Χαίρετε, ονομάζομαι Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου. [Normal] Χαίρετε, ονομάζομαι Χρυσή Παπαδοπούλου.
Eric: Next up is the most common way to say 'Nice to meet you' in formal and informal situations.
Chrissi: [Normal] Χαίρω πολύ. (Héro polí)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'I'm pleased'
Chrissi: [Normal] χαίρω [Slow] χαίρω (héro)
Eric: Last is the adverb meaning 'very'
Chrissi: [Normal] πολύ [Slow] πολύ (polí)
Eric: Listen again to the sentence meaning 'Nice to meet you.'
Chrissi: [Slow] Χαίρω πολύ. [Normal] Χαίρω πολύ.
Eric: Finally is a formal way to say 'I'm pleased to make your acquaintance.'
Chrissi: [Normal] Χαίρω πολύ για τη γνωριμία.(Héro polí ya ti gnorimía)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'I'm pleased'
Chrissi: [Normal] χαίρω [Slow] χαίρω (chéro)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'very'
Chrissi: [Normal] πολύ [Slow] πολύ (polí)
Eric: Next is the preposition meaning 'for'
Chrissi: [Normal] για [Slow] για (ya)
Eric: Next is the article meaning 'the'.
Chrissi: [Normal] τη [Slow] τη (ti)
Eric: Last is the feminine noun meaning 'acquaintance'
Chrissi: [Normal] γνωριμία [Slow] γνωριμία (gnorimía)
Eric: Listen again to the formal sentence meaning 'I'm pleased to make your acquaintance.'
Chrissi: [Slow] Χαίρω πολύ για τη γνωριμία. [Normal] Χαίρω πολύ για τη γνωριμία.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Chrissi: Greek people usually shake hands when they meet someone; sometimes extremely vigorously! So accompany your introduction with your best firm handshake and if you’re not sure what to say after the formal or the informal greeting, use the common χαίρω πολύ which is widely used in formal situations too.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Chrissi: Γεια χαρά!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Can you introduce yourself in Greek?

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Wednesday at 12:19 AM
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Γεια σου Lynne!


Χαίρω πολύ!


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Lynne
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Ya, ime i Lynne Smith.

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Hi Fletcher,


The masculine definite article is the following:


Singular:

ο (nominative)

του (genitive)

τον (accusative)


Plural:

οι (nominative)

των (genitive)

τους (accusative)


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Hi. What is the the masculine definite article?

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Hi Jules,


Welcome to GreekPod101.com! It's good to have you here.


You say héro polí only once when you meet that person. Perhaps at parting for the first time, you can also say hárika polí as in "it was nice meeting you".


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Hi all, just begun my journey - it's somewhat overwhelming but very enjoyable! One question though - do you always say hero poli every time you meet somebody as good manners, or just for the first time?

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