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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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Maria: Thanks for listening!
Iro: Γεια σας!
Maria: Bye!