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Fay: Hi, everyone. Beginner Season 1, Lesson 19 - This Greek Place Is Really Old. Fay here!
Chrissi: And I’m Chrissi. Welcome back to GreekPod101.com – the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Greek.
Fay: What are we learning in this lesson?
Chrissi: We are looking at the past tense of some common Greek verbs.
Fay: The conversation takes place at the Acropolis archaeological site.
Chrissi: It’s between Petra Gordon and her Greek host, Danai.
Fay: The characters are friends so the conversation is informal.

Lesson conversation

Πέτρα Γκόρντον: Την προηγούμενη φορά που ήμουν στην Ελλάδα, δεν ανέβηκα στην Ακρόπολη.
Δανάη Παπαδοπούλου: Πήγες όμως στο Ηρώδειο.
Πέτρα Γκόρντον: Ναι, είχε μια συναυλία κλασσικής μουσικής. Ήταν πολύ ωραία.
Δανάη Παπαδοπούλου: Πέρασε πολύς καιρός από τότε...
Fay: Now let’s listen to the slow version.
Πέτρα Γκόρντον: Την προηγούμενη φορά που ήμουν στην Ελλάδα, δεν ανέβηκα στην Ακρόπολη.
Δανάη Παπαδοπούλου: Πήγες όμως στο Ηρώδειο.
Πέτρα Γκόρντον: Ναι, είχε μια συναυλία κλασσικής μουσικής. Ήταν πολύ ωραία.
Δανάη Παπαδοπούλου: Πέρασε πολύς καιρός από τότε...
Fay: Now with the English translation.
Πέτρα Γκόρντον: Την προηγούμενη φορά που ήμουν στην Ελλάδα, δεν ανέβηκα στην Ακρόπολη.
Fay: The last time I was in Greece, I didn't climb up the Acropolis.
Δανάη Παπαδοπούλου: Πήγες όμως στο Ηρώδειο.
Fay: But you did go to the Irodeio.
Πέτρα Γκόρντον: Ναι, είχε μια συναυλία κλασσικής μουσικής. Ήταν πολύ ωραία.
Fay: Yes, there was a classical music concert. It was very beautiful.
Δανάη Παπαδοπούλου: Πέρασε πολύς καιρός από τότε...
Fay: A long time has passed since then..
Fay: I knew it! Is there any chance to talk to a Greek and not discuss the Acropolis at some point?
Chrissi: First of all, since we are learning Greek here, let’s use the correct case, the accusative – not discuss the Acropolis. And second, well, we are proud of it, especially Athenians. Is that so bad?
Fay: No, I’m just joking. It is a wonderful building.
Chrissi: Correction number two – the Acropolis is not a building. The Parthenon is a building; the Acropolis is a hill on which it is built.
Fay: I didn’t know that!
Chrissi: Many Greeks don’t, either!
Fay: But they are still proud.
Chrissi: What’s not to be proud of? It’s wonderful, it’s old, and it’s the symbol of a civilization that made the western world’s history!
Fay: Okay, okay. So the bottom line is get to Greece and visit the Acropolis A.S.A.P. Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Fay: First, we have…
Chrissi: προηγούμενη [natural native speed].
Fay: Previous.
Chrissi: προηγούμενη [slowly - broken down by syllable]. προηγούμενη [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: φορά [natural native speed].
Fay: Time (iteration).
Chrissi: φορά [slowly - broken down by syllable]. φορά [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: ανέβηκα [natural native speed].
Fay: I climbed.
Chrissi: ανέβηκα [slowly - broken down by syllable]. ανέβηκα [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: Ακρόπολη [natural native speed].
Fay: Acropolis.
Chrissi: Ακρόπολη [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ακρόπολη [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: πήγες [natural native speed].
Fay: You went.
Chrissi: πήγες [slowly - broken down by syllable]. πήγες [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: Ηρώδειο(ν) [natural native speed].
Fay: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, near the Acropolis.
Chrissi: Ηρώδειο(ν) [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ηρώδειο(ν) [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: συναυλία [natural native speed].
Fay: Concert, show.
Chrissi: συναυλία [slowly - broken down by syllable]. συναυλία [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: μουσική [natural native speed].
Fay: Music.
Chrissi: μουσική [slowly - broken down by syllable]. μουσική [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: ωραία [natural native speed].
Fay: Nice, lovely.
Chrissi: ωραία [slowly - broken down by syllable]. ωραία [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: πέρασε [natural native speed].
Fay: Passed.
Chrissi: πέρασε [slowly - broken down by syllable]. πέρασε [natural native speed].
Fay: Next…
Chrissi: καιρός [natural native speed].
Fay: Time.
Chrissi: καιρός [slowly - broken down by syllable]. καιρός [natural native speed].
Fay: Let's take a closer look at the words and phrases in this lesson. I’m a little mixed up on “time.” How do you translate the word “time” in Greek?
Chrissi: You’re right to be confused; there are many kinds of time in Greek. Ώρα (Ora) is a time of day, as in Τι ώρα είναι; (Ti ora einai?) "What time is it?”
Φορά (fora) is an occurrence, as in Πρώτη φορά ταξιδεύω στο εξωτερικό (Proti fora taksideuo sto eksoteriko) "It’s my first time traveling abroad”.
Καιρός (kairos) is a duration, as in Έχει περάσει πολύς καιρός από τότε (Echei perasei polys kairos apo tote) "A long time has passed since then”);
and χρόνος (chronos) is the physical flow of time, as in Δεν μπορείς να γυρίσεις τον χρόνο πίσω (Den mporeis na guriseis ton chrono piso) "You can’t turn back time”.
Fay: Wow! But chronos also means “year.”
Chrissi: Yes. Ο χρόνος έχει 12 μήνες (O chronos echei 12 mines) "The year has 12 months”.
Fay: And καιρός (kairos) can also mean “weather.”
Chrissi: That it can. Σήμερα ο καιρός είναι βροχερός (Simera o kairos einai vrocheros) "Today the weather is rainy”. Listeners, try to repeat those phrases!
Fay: Wow. I guess I’ll get used to them eventually.
Chrissi: Yes, with time. Με τον καιρό! (Me ton kairo!)
Fay: Very funny. Speaking of time, how do you say “evening” in Greek?
Chrissi: To vrady. Repeat this, people—to vrady.
Fay: And how about “night”?
Chrissi: Η νύχτα. (I nychta.)
Fay: And what does βραδιά (vradia) mean?
Chrissi: It’s just another way to say βράδυ. (vrady).
Fay: Why did we translate vradia as “night” in our sample sentences?
Chrissi: Βραδιά (Vradia) is a loose word. It can mean anything from sundown until, I don’t know, early in the morning.
Fay: I see. Can we hear some examples of vradia at work?
Chrissi: Ωραία βραδιά σήμερα (Oraia vradia simera) "It’s a fine evening tonight”. See? Even in English, we can have both words in a single expression.
Fay: I’ll give you that. Another example?
Chrissi: Πέρασα μια ενδιαφέρουσα βραδιά εχτές (Perasa mia endiaferousa vradia echtes) "I had an interesting evening yesterday”.
Fay: I see. But in those sentences you could have used vrady, too.
Chrissi: Grammatically, yes. But vradia sounds more natural.
Fay: One last thing. Why do you use ανεβαίνω (anevaino) "climb up” when you visit the Acropoli?
Chrissi: Well, it is a hill! What would you use for the Eiffel Tower?
Fay: Good point! Shall we move on to our grammar?
Chrissi: Yes!

Lesson focus

Fay: The focus of this lesson is on the past tense of some common verbs in Greek.
Chrissi: Yes, but this time we don’t have much to say.
Fay: Really?
Chrissi: Actually, we have lots of things to say, but it’s better to read them in the PDF since they’re mostly details about verb endings and such.
Fay: Our main point is the simple past tense of first-conjugation verbs, though.
Chrissi: That’s right! Specifically, the simple past of first-conjugation verbs in the active voice. These always end with an unaccented -o.
Fay: If we aren’t going to get into those details right now, what are we going to talk about?
Chrissi: How about giving some examples that our listeners can listen and repeat immediately?
Fay: That’s a great idea. How do we say “I climb up and “I climbed up”?
Chrissi: Εγώ ανεβαίνω (Ego anevaino) and Εγώ ανέβηκα (Ego anevika).
Fay: And how do we say “I climb down” and “I climbed down”?
Chrissi: Εγώ κατεβαίνω (Ego katevaino) and Εγώ κατέβηκα (Ego katevika).
Fay: “I go” and “I went”?
Chrissi: Εγώ πηγαίνω (Ego pigaino) and Εγώ πήγα (Ego piga).
Fay: “I open” and “I opened”?
Chrissi: Εγώ ανοίγω (Ego anoigo) and Εγώ άνοιξα (Ego anoiksa).
Fay: “I close” and “I closed”?
Chrissi: Εγώ κλείνω (Ego kleino) and Εγώ έκλεισα (Ego ekleisa).
Fay: “I eat” and “I ate”?
Chrissi: Εγώ τρώω (Ego troo) and Εγώ έφαγα (Ego efaga).
Fay: “I drink” and “I drank”?
Chrissi: Εγώ πίνω (Ego pino) and Εγώ ήπια (Ego ipia).
Fay: I noticed lots of ways the verb can change from present to past, even though all these verbs are supposed to be in the same conjugation.
Chrissi: Yes. There are a lot of factors at work. Sometimes it’s because of morphology—whether there’s a consonant before the final -o, where the accent goes, stuff like that.
Fay: And other times?
Chrissi: Other times it’s because of lineage—which ancient Greek word the verb comes from.
Fay: Sounds like there won’t be any simple rules for that.
Chrissi: Unfortunately, no. But we have made some helpful remarks in our PDF, so listeners, don’t neglect to download it!
Fay: Shall we leave it at that for now?
Chrissi: Yes, but we should remind our listeners once again that what applies for affirmative statements applies for negative ones and questions as well. The only differences are that to make the negative...
Fay: We put the negative particle den between the pronoun and the verb.
Chrissi: Right. And to make a question, we raise the pitch of the verb’s accented syllable. Εγώ διάβασα (Ego diavasa) becomes Εγώ διάβασα; (Ego diavasa?)
Fay: Okay, that’s good enough for now. Get the PDF, study it, and join us next time for more!
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Chrissi: Γεια χαρά! (Geia chara!)


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Have you ever been to Greece? If so, what did you do when you were there?

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Thursday at 01:01 AM
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Γεια σου Λεωνίδα,

πολύ ωραίες οι διακοπές σου στην Ελλάδα! Πράγματι, στην Αθήνα είναι δύσκολο να βρεις μέρος για τη φύλαξη αποσκευών. Ελπίζω κάποια μέρα να αλλάξει αυτό.


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Wednesday at 08:12 PM
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Εγώ έχω πάει στην Ελλάδα πέντε φορές. Μου αρέσει πολύ να πάω διακοπές στην Ελλάδα, γιατί ή χώρα είναι πολύ οραία, με θάλασσα, ήλιο... και με όλα αυτά δεν είναι πολύ ακριβή. Γενικά πηγαίνω με τη γυναίκα μου στην Κρήτη, αλλά μια φορά πήγαμε και στη Ρόδο. Όταν ήμαστε στην Κρήτη, κάνουμε μπάνιο, ήλιοθεραπεία, ταξιδεύμουμε για το νησί με νοικιασμένο αμάξι και το βράδυ πίνουμε και κρασί ή ούζο σ'ένα εστιατόριο ή ένα μπαρ.

Πήγαμε και στην Αθήνα, επισκέψαμε πολλά μουσεία, την Ακρόπολη, το Λυκαβηττό, κάναμε και εκδρομή με το λεωφορείο και το τρενάκι. Μας άρεσε η Αθήνα, αν και είχαμε ένα πρόβλημα: δεν καταφέραμε να βρούμε καμιά αποθήκη αποσκευών...

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Tuesday at 05:05 AM
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Dear Sanja,

I truly appreciate your kind words! Thank you so very much!

It is always a pleasure for me to try my best to help students. I've been learning various languages too so I know the struggle can be real at times.

Keep it up!


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Thursday at 05:51 AM
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Dear Stefania,

Thank you for your detailed answer, links and for your tip, which I will definitely adopt! I had a feeling it is a chapter that requires some time, so I am continuing with my pathway 1 and soon transitioning to pathway 2, where I will learn more about aorist.

I have to say, your comments are always of a great help, I have a feeling you always understand what we students need and you do your best to help us. Thank you very much for this 😄

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Wednesday at 04:07 AM
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Γεια σου Sanja,

Thank you for reaching out to me. I'll try my best to help.

This lesson is for absolute beginners, so it doesn't go into many details about the formation of the simple past tense (aorist) in Greek. That chapter is quite big in grammar. Perhaps the following lesson (for beginners) could be of more help:


It's a long lesson focused only on grammar but there's a table there that shows you the rules as to which verbs form that tense with which endings.

As for πηγαίνω, it's an irregular verb so it's best to just memorize the form πήγα rather than try to understand how it works. -αίνω verbs are irregular in general:

παχαίνω > πάχυνα

χορταίνω > χόρτασα

αρρωσταίνω > αρρώστησα

The lesson I suggested you includes some notes on these verbs.

This might be overwhelming at first but you should know that the aorist is a tricky tense and requires constant study. In fact, I have a tip: when you learn a verb, try to look up its aorist form and write down both forms in a notebook. It will make your learning more effective. You can look up for verbs and examples here:


I hope this helps!


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Tuesday at 03:45 AM
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One more thing, in Lesson notes PDF , page 12, the verbs ανεβάινω, κατεβαίνω and πηηαίν are in the same category when it comes to endings and it is explained that they will get the ending -ήκα, but i see from the examples that πηηαίνω will actually become πήγα. Is this a mistake in the text?

Tuesday at 03:28 AM
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Γεια σου Στεφανία,

I am now starting the Past simple tense and I am struggling a little bit 😄.

I have already learned the past simple tense of verbs είμαι and έχω from previous lessons, but with the rest of the verbs I am not sure how to start. I am using the PDF from this lesson about A conjugation verbs, where it says that in some cases the ending is -ήκα, -ξα, -σα and so on, but I did not really understand how to decide in which group to put the which verb. For example, if I want to conjugate τρέχω, is there a rule which will tell me if the past simple will be έτρεψα or έτρεξα

Is it better to just stick to examples from this lesson for now, if maybe this topic is more explained at next level?

Thank you in advance, I value your advice 😄.

Best wishes :*

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Monday at 06:18 AM
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Γεια σου Xa Marie Van Derryt,

Πολύ ωραία!

Then = μετά

"Ήμουν στην Αθήνα και τη Σαντορίνη. Πήγα στην Ακρόπολη, μετά πήγαμε στην Οία στη Σαντορίνη."

Ελπίζω να πέρασες καλά!



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Xa Marie Van Derryt
Saturday at 10:30 AM
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ήμουν στιν Αθήνα και τη Σαντορίνη. Πήγα στιν Ακρόπολη, (Then) πήγαμε στιν Οία Σαντορίνη.

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Thursday at 06:29 AM
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Hi Marc,

Thank you for contacting us.

I'm sorry for the confusion. Yes, the lesson refers to an older site layout. The line-by-line is basically the "Dialogue" feature that you can choose to play individually if you don't care to hear the whole lesson audio.

I hope this helps! If you have any more trouble or questions, feel free to let us know.

Kind regards,


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