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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Hi everyone, I’m Gabriella.
Stefania: And I’m Stefania!
Gabriella: And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Greek Vocabulary, Lesson 21! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to Transportation and around town. These are five Frequently used modes of transportation in Greece. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at GreekPod101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Gabriella: Stefania, what’s our first word?
Stefania: αυτοκίνητο
Gabriella: car
Stefania: (slow) αυτοκίνητο (regular) αυτοκίνητο
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: αυτοκίνητο
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Travelling by car is common for locals and tourists. Particularly good areas for road trips are the
Peloponnese peninsula and Crete. Athens' traffic and parking, however, can be a nightmare!
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Στην Ελλάδα πωλούνται πιο εύκολα τα μεταχειρισμένα αυτοκίνητα παρά τα καινούρια.
Gabriella: In Greece, second-hand cars are sold more easily than new ones.
Stefania: (slow) Στην Ελλάδα πωλούνται πιο εύκολα τα μεταχειρισμένα αυτοκίνητα παρά τα καινούρια.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next word?
Stefania: λεωφορείο
Gabriella: bus
Stefania: (slow) λεωφορείο (regular) λεωφορείο
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: λεωφορείο
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Cheap and convenient, the city bus lines can take you almost everywhere. In Greece there is also an excellent long-distance bus service called "KTEL" with comfortable seats and room for luggage underneath the bus and in racks inside.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Το λεωφορείο έχει καθυστερήσει λόγω της κίνησης στην Κηφισίας.
Gabriella: The bus is delayed because of the traffic on Kifisías avenue.
Stefania: (slow) Το λεωφορείο έχει καθυστερήσει λόγω της κίνησης στην Κηφισίας.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next word?
Stefania: ταξί
Gabriella: taxi
Stefania: (slow) ταξί (regular) ταξί
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: ταξί
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Taxi cars in Athens are yellow with an illuminated "TAXI" sign on top. You can stop a cab by simply raising your hand or by going to taxi stands called "piatsa," which are located everywhere in Athens.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Τα ταξί στην Αθήνα είναι κίτρινα.
Gabriella: The taxis in Athens are yellow.
Stefania: (slow) Τα ταξί στην Αθήνα είναι κίτρινα.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next one?
Stefania: φέρι μποτ
Gabriella: ferry boat
Stefania: (slow) φέρι μποτ (regular) φέρι μποτ
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: φέρι μποτ
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Greek ferries are the primary means of transporting passengers, goods, and even cars to and from the islands. The trip is an experience to be savored, almost like a cruise sometimes.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this one.
Stefania: (normal) Το καλοκαίρι θα ταξιδέψουμε στα νησιά με φέρι μποτ.
Gabriella: In the summer we will travel to the islands by ferry boat.
Stefania: (slow) Το καλοκαίρι θα ταξιδέψουμε στα νησιά με φέρι μποτ.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the last word?
Stefania: τρένο
Gabriella: train
Stefania: (slow) τρένο (regular) τρένο
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: τρένο
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Greece can be explored by train easily. The Greek railway company is TRENOSÉ and covers most tourist destinations. There are overnight trains connecting Athens and Thessaloníki and international trains connecting Thessaloniki with Belgrade, Sofia, Budapest, Ljubljana and Istanbul.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Θα πρέπει να προσέχετε την τσάντα σας μέσα στο τρένο.
Gabriella: You have to watch your bag inside the train.
Stefania: (slow) Θα πρέπει να προσέχετε την τσάντα σας μέσα στο τρένο.
QUIZ
Gabriella: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Stefanía will give you the Greek – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Stefania: αυτοκίνητο
[pause]Gabriella: car
Stefania: λεωφορείο
[pause]Gabriella: bus
Stefania: ταξί
[pause]Gabriella: taxi
Stefania: φέρι μποτ
[pause]Gabriella: ferry boat
Stefania: τρένο
[pause]Gabriella: train

Outro

Gabriella: There you have it – five Frequently used modes of transportation in Greece! We have more vocab lists available at GreekPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Stefania: Γεια!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What is your favorite Greek mode of transportation? 

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Wednesday at 07:45 AM
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Hi Bibiana,


Maybe you can catch a train next time you are in Athens and finally go visit Thessaloniki!

http://www.trainose.gr/en/


If you need a taxi to move around Athens, you can use the app TaxiBeat. I'm very satisfied with the service I get every single time:

https://taxibeat.gr/


Stefania

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Bibiana
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What about μηχανάκι? I think this is the most popular means of transport in Greece ;) I was using a ποδήλατο ολο το καλοκαιρι, γιατί δεν οδηγω. I was also using the buses of Ktel many times in Lefkada, and also from Lefkada to Athens. What was strange for us (in the local buses) that you dont buy the tickets from the driver (as we do in our countries) but you get on, sit down and a person comes to you and sells the ticket ;)


In Athens I was using the metro - I was surprised with its good quality! Knowing Greece :D I was not imaginig such a high service (beautiful, new and clean stations, perfectly working!). I also saw some new trams, but my friend told me the its not recommendable to use buses in Athens or Piraeus, because they have no timetable, and you have to wait a lot... meanwhile you can walk instead ;)


Taxis are funny... the whole Athens is full of yellow taxis :) I have tried them too. But I have never seen and tried a train in Greece...


I think we could mention also the other kinds of ships and boats, apart from the ferries... all of them are very common in Greece - cruise ships, sailing boats, motor boats... ;)