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Maria:
Hey, everyone, welcome to Basic Boot Camp.
Iro:
This five-part series will help you ease your way into Greek.
Maria:
We’ll go over all the basics that will really help you understand Greek much quicker and easier.
Iro:
In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself and tell people where you are from.
Maria:
Which is essential while traveling to Greece, because that will be the first question people might want to ask you.
Iro:
We’ll also go over one of the easy building blocks of learning Greek word order.
Maria:
So, whether you’re in a language class, in a new country, or in your own city, in our small world, you can always find someone from somewhere else.
Iro:
And in this bootcamp, we’re talking about ethnicity.
Maria:
So have a listen to these Greek students talk about where they are from. And while you’re listening, try to guess their ethnicities.
Iro:
And I’ll give you a hint. The first parts of the nationality words are transliterations. The endings might sound strange at first, but you’ll find them very logical while listening to the grammar explanations later.
Maria:
So, if you do some mental gymnastics, you might be able to guess the nationality.
Dialog with English
Iro:
Γεια σου. Με λένε IROΗρώ. Είμαι Ελληνίδα.
Maria:
Γεια σου, με λένε MariaΜαρία. Είμαι Αγγλίδα.
Maria:
Let’s hear it slowly now.
Iro:
Ας το ακούσουμε τώρα αργά.
Iro:
Γεια σου. Με λένε IRO. Είμαι Ελληνίδα.
Maria:
Γεια σου, με λένε MariaΜαρία. Είμαι Αγγλίδα.
Maria:
And now with the translation.
Iro:
Και τώρα η μετάφραση!
Iro:
Γεια σου. Με λένε IROΗρώ. Είμαι Ελληνίδα.
Iro:
Hello. My name is Iro. I’m Greek.
Maria:
Γεια σου, με λένε MariaΜαρία. Είμαι Αγγλίδα.
Maria:
Hello, I'm Maria. I'm British.
Post banter
Maria:
: One of the most fun things about Greek is that it is used all over the world!
Iro:
Because Greece had such a great influence on mainly western societies, the language is recognized in many places.
Maria:
: And another very interesting thing is that people want to know one of the oldest modern languages in existence.
Iro:
Yes, the history of the Greek language goes back to ancient times, and it will take way too long for me to explain it all here.
Maria:
Yeah, I think it will put our boot camp listeners to sleep!
Iro:
Okay, now, let’s take a look at the words we used in these phrases so all our learners will be able to share where they are from.
Maria:
Note here, that in Greek, even nationalities have gender, so a Greek woman would be Ελληνίδα and a Greek man is Έλληνας.
Vocabulary
Maria:
Here we go!
Maria:
Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.Here we go!
Maria:
The first word we shall see is:.
Iro:
Ελληνίδα
Maria:
Greek, feminine
Iro:
Ελληνίδα (slowly)
Iro:
Ελληνίδα
Maria:
The next word is.
Iro:
Έλληνας
Maria:
Greek, masculine
Iro:
Έλληνας (slowly)
Iro:
Έλληνας
Maria:
Next we have.
Iro:
Αγγλίδα
Maria:
British, feminine
Iro:
Αγγλίδα (slowly)
Iro:
Αγγλίδα
Maria:
And finally we have.
Iro:
Άγγλος
Maria:
British, masculine
Iro:
Άγγλος
Vocab and usage
Maria:
: Cool, we already learned the greeting Γεια σου in Boot Camp One.
Iro:
And the Με λένε, Ηρώ. (RERECORD WITH BETTER BREAKS BETWEEN WORDS)
Maria:
: Right, “My name is….” Με λένε.
Iro:
So now we move on to ethnicity.
Maria:
: Υours is more exotic than mine, Iro, so let’s start with yours.
Iro:
Ελληνίδα.
Maria:
: So, let’s take this word and boot camp it up a little…what do you say?
Iro:
Sure.
Maria:
: I’m not sure what "boot camp it up" really means, but we’re going to find out.
Iro:
Yes! Ελληνίδα is the feminine word for "Greek." BUT, the important thing here is that unlike in English, Ελληνίδα
Maria:
Greek
Iro:
Cannot be used as an adverb; therefore, we can never use it in a phrase such as "I speak Greek." Remember, this is only in a context of saying your nationality.
Maria:
: Another point that needs special attention here is gender. The phrase, "I’m Greek," sounds different for women and men.
Iro:
Let’s take a look at the examples with both genders, feminine and masculine.
First, for women…
Iro:
Ελληνίδα, (Ellinída.)
Maria:
Greek.
Iro:
Ρωσίδα. (Rosída.)
Maria:
Russian.
Iro:
Αμερικανίδα. (Amerikanída.)
Maria:
American.
Iro:
Αγγλίδα. (Anglída.)
Maria:
British.
Iro:
Γιαπωνέζα; (Giaponéza.)
Maria:
Japanese
Iro:
Κινέζα; (Kinéza.)
Maria:
Chinese
Iro:
Γαλλίδα. (Gallída.)
Maria:
French.
Iro:
Ιταλίδα. (Italída.)
Maria:
Italian.
Maria:
And for men...
Iro:
Έλληνας. (Éllinas.)
Maria:
"Greek."
Iro:
Ρώσος. (Rósos.)
Maria:
"Russian."
Iro:
Αμερικανός. (Amerikanós.)
Maria:
"American."
Iro:
Άγγλος. (Ánglos.)
Maria:
"British."
Iro:
Ιάπωνας; (Iáponas.)
Maria:
"Japanese."
Iro:
Κινέζος; (Kinézos.)
Maria:
"Chinese"
Iro:
Γάλλος. (Gállos.)
Maria:
"French."
Iro:
Ιταλός. (Italós.)
Maria:
"Italian."
Maria:
Now, your nationality is Greek, right, Iro? So how did you say that?
Iro:
«Ελληνίδα» (Ellinída). And you, Maria?
Maria:
: Yeah, me! Okay, well, I am British. So… how do we say, "British" in feminine gender?
Iro:
«Αγγλίδα» (Anglída).
Maria:
Good. Now, try to make some simple sentences with our nationalities.
Iro:
Have some fun!
Grammar
Maria:
Let’s take a look at today’s grammar point.
Iro:
To say your nationality in Greek, you simply need the pronoun Είμαι, which means, "I am," and then a nationality in your gender.
Maria:
: Just like English, you use the verb, "to be" in the first person.
Iro:
Είμαι Ελληνίδα.
Maria:
: Είμαι Αγγλίδα.
Iro:
Είμαι Ελληνίδα.
Maria:
: Είμαι Αγγλίδα.
Iro:
So, we hope everybody isn’t too tired after this boot camp!
Maria:
: Yeah! I think we’re pretty nice boot camp instructors. We don’t like, yell at the listeners or anything like the boot camps I’ve seen.
Iro:
So keep practicing and you’ll have these down pat in no time.
Closing
Maria:
Thanks for listening!
Iro:
Γεια σας!
Maria:
Bye!

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Tuesday at 8:38 am
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Hi Alexandra,

You can say:
Είμαι Ουγγαρέζα. = I’m Hungarian. (female)
OR
Είμαι από την Ουγγαρία. = I’m from Hungary.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Stefania
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Alexandra Komlós
Monday at 8:44 pm
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Hello,

How can I say ” I’m Hungarian” in Greek?

Thank you in advance!

Monday at 2:50 pm
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Hey Erica,

Thank you for your comment.

“I am Canadian” in Greek would be “Είμαι Καναδή” (Íme Kanadí) (feminine) and “Είμαι Καναδός” (Íme Kanadós) (masculine). You can also say “Είμαι από τον Καναδά” (Íme apó ton Kanadá), which means “I am from Canada”.

If you have further questions, please let us know.

All the best,
Nektarios
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Erica
Saturday at 6:13 am
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How can I say “I’m Canadian”? Feminine please 😁

Thursday at 11:55 am
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Hey Σον!

That’s OK! I liked how you changed your name to Greek.😉
Κι εγώ χάρηκα πολύ!

Keep in mind that Στεφανία is a name in Greek and στεφάνια means “wreaths!”

Γεια χαρά!

Στεφανία
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Σον
Thursday at 5:09 am
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ΣτεφαΝ Ί α… συγγνώμη. 😭

Χάρηκα πολύ! Είμαι Αμερικανός.

Tuesday at 1:47 pm
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Γεια σου Shaun,

Ναι, είμαι Ελληνίδα!😄
Εσύ από πού είσαι;

Στεφανία
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Shaun
Saturday at 1:12 pm
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Oops. That should have been Ναι, not Νε.

Shaun
Saturday at 1:09 pm
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Νε.
Yes.

Στεφάνια, είσαι Ελληνίδα;
Stephania, are you Greek?

Sunday at 1:22 pm
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Hello Josefin,

So, you are from Sweden? Congratulations to Sweden for winning the 60th Eurovision Song Contest! Måns Zelmerlöw was fantastic on stage!

Well, back to Greece and Greek now!

Any person from Sweden (female or male) can say:
Είμαι από τη Σουηδία. (I am from Sweden.)

If you want to define the nationality instead of the country, then you will need the gender:
Είμαι Σουηδέζα. = I’m Swedish. (female)
Είμαι Σουηδός. = I’m Swedish. (male)

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Kind regards,

Stefania
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