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Hi everyone! This is Stefania. and in this video, you’ll learn 10 Phrases You Always Want to Hear.
We all need to hear some good words from time to time, a compliment or a motivational comment, so why not learn these phrases and spread some smiles around you?!
Let’s start.
1. Φαίνεσαι καταπληκτικός σήμερα. (Fénese katapliktikós símera.)
"You look great today."
This is a phrase to use when you refer to a man. When you refer to a woman you should say Φαίνεσαι καταπληκτική σήμερα. (Fénese katapliktikí símera.)
2. Μου λείπεις. (Mu lípis.)
"I miss you."
Be careful if you want to use this 101 with a friend. This might be taken the wrong way as it sounds like an expression of your love feelings for someone. If you want to say to a close friend that you miss him or her, try to make it more neutral by adding something in the end. For example, for a man, you can say something like
Μου λείπεις ρε κολλητέ! (Mu lípis, re kolité.) "I miss you, buddy!"
Or Μου λείπεις φίλε μου! (Mu lípis, fíle mu.) "I miss you, my friend!"
And for a woman, you can say -
Μου λείπεις ρε φιλενάδα! (Mu lípis, re filenáda.) "I miss you, girlfriend!"
Or Μου λείπεις φίλη μου! (Mu lípis, fíli mu.) "I miss you, my friend!"
Or even Μου λείπεις ρε κορίτσι! (Mu lípis, re korítsi.) "I miss you, girl!"
Of course in plural, there’s no chance people will perceive it as a love feeling.
3.Εκανες σπουδαία δουλειά! (Ékanes spudéa duliá!)
"You did a great job!"
4. Θα υπάρχει ένα μπόνους στο τέλος του μήνα.
(Tha ipárhi éna bónus sto télos tu mína.)
"There'll be a bonus at the end of the month."
Sweet!
5. Είσαι ένας εξαιρετικός μάγειρας.
(Íse énas exeretikós máyiras.)
"You're an excellent cook."
Again, this is for a male listener. If you are talking to a woman, you should say.
Είσαι μία εξαιρετική μαγείρισσα.
(Íse mia exeretikí máyiras.)
6. Κάνε ένα διάλειμμα. Θα καθαρίσω εγώ σήμερα.
(Káne éna diálima. Tha katharíso egó símera.)
"Take a break. I'll do the cleaning today."
Don’t mind if I do!
7. Κέρδισες! (Kérdises!)
"You won!"
Now THAT’s something I like to hear! Especially if that’s about the lottery. Ka-ching!
8. Είχες δίκιο! (Íhes díkio!)
"You were right!"
An answer to this could be Το ξέρω! "I know!"
9. Σου έφερα κάτι ιδιαίτερο.
(Sou éfera káti idiétero.)
"I brought you something special."
Well, that depends on what’s special for you.
10. Μπράβο! (Brávo!)
"Well done!"
This is borrowed from Italian, but in Greek, we don’t distinguish male of female for μπράβο like Italians do with bravo and brava. It’s always μπράβο in Greek regardless of the number and gender of people it refers to.
And that’s it for the 10 Phrases You Always Want to Hear.
Do you have any other phrases that you like to hear?
Γεια χαρά! (Ya hará!)

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which word or phrase do you like the most?

GreekPod101.com Verified
Monday at 07:54 AM
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Hi Barboo!


How cool! Nice one there! Didn't waste any minute to put to good use what you learned, hehehe😎


Keep studying hard 😉


Stefania

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Barboo
Sunday at 09:57 PM
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My favorite from this lesson is "Εκανες σπουδαία δουλειά!" because just as I was watching the video at that point, my Greek-Australian husband came in to show me something he had just accomplished, and I was able to use that phrase on him! 😄

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Monday at 11:12 AM
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Hi Dennis,


Great observation! Yes, you are right. The έ of ένα gets assimilated with the previous ε from κάνε so that's why you don't hear it. This assimilation is optional. Some people might pronounce it if they speak slowly and are well-spoken in general and some other people might not make it distinguish so much, so they'll assimilate it in rapid speech because it is the same sound after all.


Here's a lesson on such optional assimilations that you might find useful:

https://bit.ly/2RXhwrz


However, sometimes there are some different, non-optional assimilations going on in words. To learn more, check out this video here:

https://bit.ly/2CAdxru


"Φαίνεσαι καταπληκτική σήμερα"... nice 👍😉


Να είσαι καλά!


Στεφανία

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Dennis
Saturday at 05:44 PM
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καλημέρα :)


I was wondering when you speak sentences do you leave sounds or letters?

like for example in this sentence: Κάνε ένα διάλειμμα. should i say Κάνε ένα like kane na? so the e falls away in ένα.

In the video and in the vocabulary it doesn't sound like its pronounced.


I like all phrases allot but if i would pick one i would go for φαίνεσαι καταπληκτικη σημερα :D


with kind regards Dennis.


GreekPod101.com Verified
Monday at 09:29 AM
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Hi Kety,


Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you find my pronunciation helpful😄


The script in Latin characters is the romanization and it's used to help people who can't read Greek letters yet pronounce the words as closely to Greek as possible. Hence the "mu" and not "mou" which some people might pronounce as a syllable with two vowel sounds (/o/ and /u/) rather than just one.


If you can read Greek, you can totally ignore the romanization.😎


I hope you are enjoying learning Greek!


Cheers,

Stefania

Kety
Saturday at 08:07 PM
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Mou lipis file mou! :) all are super useful!

I just wanted to ask you, the words written using the latin letters (like the ones I'm typing with in English :D ), is that proper spelling, or is it just for pronunciation purposes? I am asking bcs I have seen that my or mine is spelled "mou", whereas here in the upper part you guys wrote "mu". So is this just pronunciation?


And Stefania has a beautiful diction! I can understand everything, and easily repeat after her when practicing my Greek :)