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INTRODUCTION
Iro:Hi, I’m Iro.
Judith: Judith here, Absolute Beginner, Season 1, Lesson 9; What Would You Say at a Greek Restaurant? Hello and welcome to GreekPod101.com where we study modern Greek in a fun and educational format.
Iro: So brush up on the Greek that you started learning long ago or start learning today.
Judith: Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. Judith, what are we looking at in this lesson?
Iro: In this lesson, you will learn how to order food at a Greek restaurant.
Judith: This conversation takes place at a restaurant in Athens.
Iro: The conversation is between Petros, Ellie, an employee and the waitress.
Judith: The speakers are in a formal situation. Therefore they will be speaking in formal Greek.
Iro: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUES
Πέτρος: Καλησπέρα. Έχουμε μία κράτηση.
Υπάλληλος: Το όνομά σας, παρακαλώ;
Πέτρος: Αντωνίου.
Υπάλληλος: Αντωνίου... Μάλιστα. Ένα τραπέζι για δύο;
Πέτρος: Ναι....
Σερβιτόρος: Καλησπέρα. Παρακαλώ.
Έλλη: Μμμμ... Ένα μπιφτέκι, παρακαλώ.
Σερβιτόρος: Με ρύζι ή με πατάτες;
Έλλη: Με πατάτες.
Πέτρος: Εγώ θα ήθελα αστακό με πορτοκάλι.
Σερβιτόρος: Μάλιστα. Θέλετε σαλάτα;
Πέτρος: Θέλεις μια πράσινη σαλάτα;
Έλλη: Ναι, μία πράσινη σαλάτα.
Πέτρος: Θέλεις κρασί ή μπίρα;
Σερβιτόρος: Έχουμε πολύ ωραίο κρασί.
Έλλη: Εγώ θέλω μία μπίρα. Εσύ;
Πέτρος: Κι εγώ. Δύο μπίρες λοιπόν. Και θα ήθελα ένα ούζο.
Σερβιτόρος: Μάλιστα. Ευχαριστώ.
Έλλη: Αυτό το εστιατόριο έχει καλούς σερβιτόρους.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Πέτρος: Καλησπέρα. Έχουμε μία κράτηση.
Υπάλληλος: Το όνομά σας, παρακαλώ;
Πέτρος: Αντωνίου.
Υπάλληλος: Αντωνίου... Μάλιστα. Ένα τραπέζι για δύο;
Πέτρος: Ναι....
Σερβιτόρος: Καλησπέρα. Παρακαλώ.
Έλλη: Μμμμ... Ένα μπιφτέκι, παρακαλώ.
Σερβιτόρος: Με ρύζι ή με πατάτες;
Έλλη: Με πατάτες.
Πέτρος: Εγώ θα ήθελα αστακό με πορτοκάλι.
Σερβιτόρος: Μάλιστα. Θέλετε σαλάτα;
Πέτρος: Θέλεις μια πράσινη σαλάτα;
Έλλη: Ναι, μία πράσινη σαλάτα.
Πέτρος: Θέλεις κρασί ή μπίρα;
Σερβιτόρος: Έχουμε πολύ ωραίο κρασί.
Έλλη: Εγώ θέλω μία μπίρα. Εσύ;
Πέτρος: Κι εγώ. Δύο μπίρες λοιπόν. Και θα ήθελα ένα ούζο.
Σερβιτόρος: Μάλιστα. Ευχαριστώ.
Έλλη: Αυτό το εστιατόριο έχει καλούς σερβιτόρους.
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Πέτρος: Καλησπέρα. Έχουμε μία κράτηση.
Judith: Good evening. We have a reservation.
Υπάλληλος: Το όνομά σας, παρακαλώ;
Judith: Your name, please?
Πέτρος: Αντωνίου.
Judith: Andoniou.
Υπάλληλος: Αντωνίου... Μάλιστα. Ένα τραπέζι για δύο;
Judith: Andoniou... Yes. A table for two?
Πέτρος: Ναι....
Judith: Yes....
Σερβιτόρος: Καλησπέρα. Παρακαλώ.
Judith: Good evening. May I have your order?
Έλλη: Μμμμ... Ένα μπιφτέκι, παρακαλώ.
Judith: Mmmm... A steak, please.
Σερβιτόρος: Με ρύζι ή με πατάτες;
Judith: With rice or with potatoes?
Έλλη: Με πατάτες.
Judith: With potatoes.
Πέτρος: Εγώ θα ήθελα αστακό με πορτοκάλι.
Judith: I would like lobster with orange.
Σερβιτόρος: Μάλιστα. Θέλετε σαλάτα;
Judith: Very well. Do you want salad?
Πέτρος: Θέλεις μια πράσινη σαλάτα;
Judith: Do you want a green salad?
Έλλη: Ναι, μία πράσινη σαλάτα.
Judith: Yes, a green salad.
Πέτρος: Θέλεις κρασί ή μπίρα;
Judith: Do you want wine or beer?
Σερβιτόρος: Έχουμε πολύ ωραίο κρασί.
Judith: We have very nice wine.
Έλλη: Εγώ θέλω μία μπίρα. Εσύ;
Judith: I want a beer. And you?
Πέτρος: Κι εγώ. Δύο μπίρες λοιπόν. Και θα ήθελα ένα ούζο.
Judith: Me too. Two beers then. And I would like an ouzo.
Σερβιτόρος: Μάλιστα. Ευχαριστώ.
Judith: Very well. Thanks.
Έλλη: Αυτό το εστιατόριο έχει καλούς σερβιτόρους.
Judith: This restaurant has good waiters.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Judith: Okay time to talk about Greek food. I was wondering when this topic would come up. What can you tell us about food in Greece?
Iro: Food is very important to Greek people. Greek culture has to show a rich variety in taste. That’s because the Greek cuisine is influenced by both west and east. Even on TV you can find many shows about cooking.
Judith: So you mean east, like Turkish and Middle Eastern?
Iro: Yes, exactly or you can also find a fusion cuisine that’s very trendy.
Judith: And what is the best known Greek dish?
Iro: I would say that Moussaka is probably the most famous Greek dish. It’s made of potatoes, eggplants, ground meat and béchamel sauce. And of course the most famous drink is as all we know Ouzo.
Judith: Yes. Ouzo, for those who don’t know, it’s made of anise, at least it has an anise flavor. And if you drink too much, you can get a really bad hangover.
Iro: Yes, exactly, that is true.
Judith: Is there also a typical Greek fast food? You know like America has hamburgers and Germany has döner?
Iro: Yes and it’s really famous. A typical fast food is "souvlaki" in Greece. Traditionally, it is made of a small cubes of pork put on after the other on a wooden stick and served with a slice of bread or wrapped in a kind of pie with tzatziki, tomatoes and onions.
Judith: Tzatziki is a mixture of yogurt, garlic, and cucumber.
Iro: It’s delicious.
Judith: Do you have to have pork in that?
Iro: No, you can have chicken souvlaki as well. That’s what I have.
Judith: Okay. How about vegetarian dishes, if there’s a vegetarian going to Greece, can he eat anything?
Iro: Yes, of course. The last few years more and more Greeks become vegetarians.
Judith: And I think it’s also part of the fast. I mean if people are orthodox, they don’t eat meat on Wednesday and Friday, right?
Iro: Yes, it is true or sometimes it depends on the people, how would they like to follow the tradition. For example, my grandma 40 days before Easter holidays, she doesn’t eat meat or eggs or anything that has to do with animals.
Judith: Oh, so she’s really a vegan?
Iro: Yeah. That is very usual to old Greeks.
Judith: So it is possible to get also vegan dishes in Greece?
Iro: Yes, of course.
Judith: That’s awesome. I didn’t know that.
Iro: Yeah. But this is…usually at this period near Christmas and near Easter.
Judith: Okay, good to know.
VOCAB LIST
Judith: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall see is?
Iro: όνομα
Judith: Appellation or name.
Iro: όνομα
Judith: This word is neuter. Next?
Iro: τραπέζι
Judith: Desk or table.
Iro: τραπέζι
Judith: This word is neuter as well. Next?
Iro: μπιφτέκι
Judith: Steak.
Iro: μπιφτέκι
Judith: Neuter. Next?
Iro: με
Judith: With.
Iro: με
Judith: Next.
Iro: ρύζι
Judith: Rice.
Iro: ρύζι
Judith: Neuter as well. Next?
Iro: ή
Judith: Or.
Iro: ή
Judith: Next?
Iro: πατάτα
Judith: Potato.
Iro: πατάτα
Judith: This word is feminine. Next?
Iro: αστακός
Judith: Lobster.
Iro: αστακός
Judith: This is masculine. Next?
Iro: σαλάτα
Judith: Salad.
Iro: σαλάτα
Judith: This one is feminine. Next?
Iro: πράσινος
Judith: Green.
Iro: πράσινος
Judith: Next?
Iro: κρασί
Judith: Wine.
Iro: κρασί
Judith: This word is neuter. Next?
Iro: μπύρα
Judith: Beer.
Iro: μπύρα
Judith: Feminine. Next?
Iro: εστιατόριο
Judith: Restaurant.
Iro: εστιατόριο
Judith: This one is neuter. Next?
Iro: σερβιτόρος
Judith: Waiter.
Iro: σερβιτόρος
Judith: And this word is masculine.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Judith: Now, let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Iro: The first phrase we’ll look at is "θα ήθελα"
Judith: This is a more polite way to say "θέλω"
Iro: "θέλω" is “I want,” and "θα ήθελα" is literally, “I would want,” used as “I would like.” So when requesting something, use "θα ήθελα".
Judith: Then, we have "πορτοκάλι" meaning “orange.” "πορτοκαλάδα", that means orange juice and it’s direct from this word. Keep in mind that the base is "πορτοκάλι" meaning “orange.”
GRAMMAR POINT
Judith: Now, the grammar focus of this lesson is the accusative. This is a slightly annoying part of Greek grammar. You may have already heard that Greek has cases. That is words may take different endings depending on the role that they have in the sentence. The three cases are called nominative, genitive and accusative.
Iro: Let’s ignore the genitive for now. Nominative is what we’ve been dealing with so far. It is what is used when a word is a subject of a sentence. For example “he” in “he saw her.”
Judith: The accusative is used for the object of a sentence. He becomes him for this. As in “She saw him.” Actually she and her are another example of this change as are I and me.
Iro: In Greek, the annoying thing is that not just personal pronouns like he or she change their appearance, also articles and some nouns do.
Judith: For neuter, everything stays the same.
Iro: For feminine, the singular article E changes to T and the plural article E changes to τις.
Judith: Can you give us an example of this?
Iro: Yes, of course. For example normally you’d say "η σαλάτα". But when you say that you want a salad, the salad becomes the object of your wanting, so you have to say θέλω τη σαλάτα".
Judith: And for plural?
Iro: For plural, the base form is "οι σαλάτες", And to order, you will say, "θέλω τις σαλάτες".
Judith: Can you have an example for masculine?
Iro: Yes. For masculine, "ο λογαριασμός" becomes "θέλω τον λογαριασμό".
Judith: In plural, both the article and the ending are normally /i/ spelled οι. And for objects they change to τους and -ους respectively. Can you give me an example of that?
Iro: "οι λογαριασμοί" becomes "θέλω τους λογαριασμούς". It’s not all that common to ask for several bills. So let’s have another example with waiters. Normally, the waiter is "οι σερβιτόροι" and “I see the waiters,” is "βλέπω τους σερβιτόρους".
Judith: The accusative will take a bit of time to master. Keep watching out for it and eventually these changes will feel normal and natural. Well that’s just about does it for today. Like our podcast?
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Outro

Judith:See you next week!
Iro:Γεια σας!

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What is your favorite Greek food?

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ΟΚ, Λεωνίδα 😄👍!


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Λεωνίδας
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Γεια σου, Στεφανία,


με τη μουσική κάνω ακριβώς έτσι όπως μου συστήνεις, δεν πειράζει. :))))

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Γεια σου Λεωνίδα,


Χαίρομαι που σου αρέσει το ελληνικό φαγητό!


Όσον αφορά τη μουσική, αυτό είναι το σήμα κατατεθέν μας, οπότε πολύ φοβάμαι πως δεν γίνεται να αλλάξει. Το μόνο που σου προτείνω είναι να κάνεις skip το κομμάτι αυτό ή να χαμηλώνεις λίγο την ένταση του ήχου, αν σε ενοχλεί τόσο πολύ.


Το τελευταίο πράγμα που θα ήθελα είναι να κουφαθούν οι μαθητές μας!


Να είσαι καλά!


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Wednesday at 11:48 PM
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Μου αρέσει πολύ το ελληνικό φαγητό: γύρος, σουβλάκι, κλέφτικο, παϊδάκια, αν και είναι παχιά. Και με τον ελληνικό βαρελίσιο κρασί γίνεται ακόμα καλύτερο!


P.S. Η μουσική στην αρχή κάθε μαθήματος είναι πάρα πολύ δυνατή και χτυπάει στά αφτιά. Θα ήταν καλύτερα να την αλλάξετε αν δεν θέλετε να γίνουν κουφοί οι μαθητές σας. :)))

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Γεια σου Natalie,


I'm glad you asked about this. The correct in written speech is τον λογαριασμό, although in oral speech, many people would assimilate the ν from τον so it would sound like το λογαριασμό.


We will be editing this part to avoid any further confusion.


I apologize for the inconvenience.


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Γεια σας!


In the lesson transcript, it says :


"Yes. For masculine, "ο λογαριασμός" becomes "θέλω το λογαριασμό"."


but in the lesson notes, it says:


For masculine, ο λογαριασμός becomes θέλω τον λογαριασμό."


which is correct? το or τον?

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Hello!

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Γειά σού, Στεφανία!


What a useful guide! I installed the proper keyboard, now I don't know where to press) I think, I shall print out the keyboard to see the letter's positions.


I am Russian, we have accusative case too) I understood it as soon as I recognized it as such. What is dizzying is the amount of articles, nine of them. And changing on multiple rules. I hope I'll get better with practice. This site helps a lot. I already feel that my Greek muscle is getting stronger. 😁