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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 9! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to Geography and Nature. These are five common animals and insects 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: τζιτζίκι
Gabriella: cicada
Stefania: (slow) τζιτζίκι (regular) τζιτζίκι
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: τζιτζίκι
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: In Greece we find cicadas on trees and plants. Even though it is a quite large and loud insect, it can hardly be distinguished because of its colour, which is similar to the trees’. Cicadas are particularly loud in the hottest days of summer.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Τα καλοκαιρινά απογεύματα ο ήχος των τζιτζικιών με νανουρίζει.
Gabriella: On summer afternoons, the sound of the cicadas lulls me.
Stefania: (slow) Τα καλοκαιρινά απογεύματα ο ήχος των τζιτζικιών με νανουρίζει.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next word?
Stefania: πελεκάνος
Gabriella: pelican
Stefania: (slow) πελεκάνος (regular) πελεκάνος
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: πελεκάνος
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Pelicans are large water birds. The most famous pelican in Greece was Petros who has been the official mascot of the island of Mykonos since 1958. The original Petros died in 1985, but other pelicans took his name and still live on the island.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Οι τουρίστες της Μυκόνου θέλουν πάντοτε να φωτογραφηθούν με τον Πέτρο τον πελεκάνο.
Gabriella: The tourists of Mykonos always want to take a picture with Petros the pelican.
Stefania: (slow) Οι τουρίστες της Μυκόνου θέλουν πάντοτε να φωτογραφηθούν με τον Πέτρο τον πελεκάνο.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next word?
Stefania: γαϊδούρι
Gabriella: donkey
Stefania: (slow) γαϊδούρι (regular) γαϊδούρι
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: γαϊδούρι
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: Greek donkeys tend to be smaller in size than the donkeys we see in other parts of the world. In Greece they are mainly used to provide transportation for tourists.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Στη Σαντορίνη τα γαϊδούρια μεταφέρουν τουρίστες από το λιμάνι στην πόλη των Φηρών.
Gabriella: In Santorini, the donkeys transfer tourists from the port to the city of Fira.
Stefania: (slow) Στη Σαντορίνη τα γαϊδούρια μεταφέρουν τουρίστες από το λιμάνι στην πόλη των Φηρών.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next word?
Stefania: κουκουβάγια
Gabriella: owl
Stefania: (slow) κουκουβάγια (regular) κουκουβάγια
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: κουκουβάγια
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: In ancient Greece, owls were often seen as a symbol of good fortune. The idea of the wise old owl may have come from Greek mythology and the association of the Greek goddess of wisdom,Athena with her messenger, a little owl.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Η κουκουβάγια είναι το σύμβολο της θεάς Αθηνάς.
Gabriella: The owl is the symbol of the goddess Athena.
Stefania: (slow) Η κουκουβάγια είναι το σύμβολο της θεάς Αθηνάς.
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the last word?
Stefania: χελώνα
Gabriella: tortoise
Stefania: (slow) χελώνα (regular) χελώνα
Gabriella: Listeners, please repeat:
Stefania: χελώνα
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella: The spur-thighed tortoise or Greek tortoise can vary in size and color. They are found in a variety of environments, from seashore dunes to rocky mountain steppes, but usually in very hot, dry and arid regions with high summer temperatures.
Gabriella: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Stefania: (normal) Όταν ήμουν μικρή έβλεπα πολλές χελώνες στο πάρκο της γειτονιάς μου.
Gabriella: When I was little I used to see many tortoises in my neighborhood's park.
Stefania: (slow) Όταν ήμουν μικρή έβλεπα πολλές χελώνες στο πάρκο της γειτονιάς μου.
QUIZ
Gabriella: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Stefania will give you the Greek – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Stefania: τζιτζίκι
[pause]Gabriella: cicada
Stefania: πελεκάνος
[pause]Gabriella: pelican
Stefania: γαϊδούρι
[pause]Gabriella: donkey
Stefania: κουκουβάγια
[pause]Gabriella: owl
Stefania: χελώνα
[pause]Gabriella: tortoise

Outro

Gabriella: There you have it – five Animals 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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Are there any wild animals in your country? Can you tell us in Greek?

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Thanks for sharing those, Bibiana!


Wow, these dolphins were swimming with so much grace! And the waters were crystal clear!

There were so many flamingos there too!


You were lucky to see them :)


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Bibiana
Wednesday at 06:26 PM
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Yes I was lucky for the flamingos and dolphins! They are both beautiful animals (I attach a photo and a video, they are both mine).


https://www.facebook.com/ostrovlefkada/photos/pb.1610006319236802.-2207520000.1452676743./1610310239206410/?type=3&theater


https://www.facebook.com/ostrovlefkada/videos/vb.1610006319236802/1631697080401059/?type=2&theater

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Γεια σου Μπιμπιάνα,


Ποπό, είδες φλαμίνγκο;! Φοβερό!


Ναι, έχουμε αρκούδες. Έχουμε μια οργάνωση που τις προστατεύει. Λέγεται «Αρκτούρος».

Τα γαϊδούρια θεωρούνται υπομονετικά ζώα στην Ελλάδα. Γι' αυτό έχουμε την έκφραση «γαϊδουρινή υπομονή». Καταλαβαίνεις γιατί!


Οι αλεπούδες είναι πολύ όμορφα ζώα, νομίζω.


Γεια χαρά!


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Bibiana
Wednesday at 06:55 AM
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I will try it in Greek :)


- Ναι, τα τζιτζίκια είναι πολύ δημοφιλής στην Ελλάδα. Τους άκουσα κάθε βράδυ και νύχτα το καλοκαιρι.

- Στη Λευκαδα είχαμε φλαμίνγκα. Πέρυσι είδα πολλούς από αυτούς τον Σεπτέμβριο, έχω και φωτογραφίες. :)

- Είδα χελώνες στην Αθήνα - στο Κεραμεικός και την Αρχαία Αγορά. Ήμουν έκπληκτη να δω χελώνες ελεύθερα στη φύση (στην πόλη). Μια μέρα θα ήθελα να δω τη θαλάσσια χελώνα που βρίσκεται στο Ζάκυνθος και στην Κεφαλονιά.

- Το γαϊδούρι είναι ένα από τα αγαπιμένα μου ζώα. Είναι χαριτωμένο και ξεροκεφάλο σαν εγώ. Χαχαχα Αλλά δεν ίμουν τυχερή να δω πολλά από αυτά στη Λευκάδα.

- Και έχετε επίσης αρκούδες (για παράδειγμα στο Μέτσοβο – ιμουν εκεί), φίδια (τους μισώ!) και δελφινια - τους είδα φέτος δύο φορές από κοντά! Ιμουν πολύ τυχερή. ;)


Στη Σλοβακία έχουμε αρκούδες, λύκους, αλεπούδες, αγριογούρουνα και αίγαγρους.


- Yes cikadas are very popular in Greece. I was listening to them every evening and night.

- Ιn Lefkada we had flamingos. Last year I saw many of them in September and I have also photos.

- I saw turtles in Athens – in Kerameikos and on Ancient agora. I was surprised to see turtles freely in the nature (in the city). One day I would like to see the sea turtle which is in Ζakynthos and Kefalonia.

- Donkey is one of my faourite animals. But I wasnt lucky to see many of them in Lefkada.

- And you have also bears (for example in Metsovo - I was there), snakes (I hate them!) and dolphins - I saw them twice this year from near! I was very lucky ;)


In Slovakia we have bears, wolves, foxes, wild boars and chamois.