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Geia, legomai Chrissi Hi everybody! I’m Chrissi.
Welcome to GreekPod101.com’s “Ελληνικά σε 3 λεπτά”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Greek.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use Greek adjectives.
In this lesson we will start a series dedicated to the most common Greek verbs, the ones you will definitely hear all the time!
The first verb in our series will be pigaino, which means "to go". So let's go!
Imagine you run into a friend on the street and he asks you Pou pigaineis? That's an informal way to ask "Where are you going?".
So if, for example, you are going shopping you will say:
Pigaino gia psonia.
So let’s break down this answer.
First we had-
Pigaino which is "I am going to..." This is the first person form of the verb pigaino, "to go", in the present tense.
After it was gia which is a way to indicate the reason we are going somewhere; it is equivalent to the English "for".
And finally we had psonia which is a noun that means “shopping”.
Notice that even though in English we use the personal pronoun “I”, in Greek we usually don’t because it’s implied.
Psonia is a neuter noun and it’s always used in the plural. Even though nouns usually go with their respective articles, definite or indefinite, in this case, the article is not used.
So what happens in other cases? Let’s say for example that you want to say “I’m going to the office”. In Greek this is Pigaino sto grafeio and here we use the preposition sto that signifies movement or direction. Similar phrases are “I’m going to the cinema” (Pigaino sto sinema), “I’m going to school” (Pigaino sto scholeio) or “I’m going home” (Pigaino sto spiti). Let’s see them once more together...
Pigaino sto grafeio.
Pigaino sto sinema.
Pigaino sto scholeio
Pigaino sto spiti.
Now it’s time for Chrissi’s Insights.
Even though the verb “go” is pigaino, in everyday conversations, Greeks also use a shorter form of the verb: pao. So if you hear a sentence like Pao sto scholeio, don't worry -- it means the same thing as Pigaino sto scholeio - "I go to school." Since Greek has many long words, these substitutions are very common, and even though some people think they make the language difficult, I believe they make it easier!
So, in this lesson, we learned how to use the verb pigaino.
Next time, we’ll learn another very useful verb, kano.
Do you know what this verb means? Check the next “Ελληνικά σε 3 λεπτά” lesson and find out!
Geia sas!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Where do you go for holidays?

Nicole
Thursday at 04:39 AM
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Hi Stefania,


I just have a quick question. I know Τέλεια means perfect. When you make it an exclamation the way you did in an earlier response in this post, is it always in the feminine form? Also, is this the general rule for exclamations?

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Thursday at 12:06 AM
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Hey Glenn,


Thank you for your message.

I hope you are fine.


Book you summer holidays in Greece as soon as possible. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Until then, keep studying Greek with us.


Have fun and contact us for any question or feedback.


All the best,

Nektarios

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Glenn
Wednesday at 12:37 AM
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My mistake. It's not a repeat. And he just doesn't have anything to do with taking a holiday :-)

Glenn
Wednesday at 12:32 AM
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Hi. This is a repeat of the lesson 18

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Friday at 02:59 PM
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Γεια σου Τζούλι!


Σε δύο εβδομάδες; Τέλεια!


Να περάσεις όμορφα!


Stefania,

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Julie Stacey
Friday at 12:14 AM
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Γεια Στεφανια


Θα πάω στην Κύπρο στην δυο εβδομαδάς! :sunglasses:


Ι will go to Cyprus in 2 weeks!


Τζουλι

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Thursday at 04:24 PM
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Hi Julie,


What are you talking about?! You are doing great!

You only forgot one article on the previous sentence, that's not bad! :thumbsup:


You could actually omit the article if you also omit the "μου". Μου is what makes "διακοπές" more specific (as in "whose vacation?"), so when you talk specifically you need articles. Otherwise you can be generic and say: Πηγαίνω στην Κύπρο για διακοπές >> I go to Cyprus for holidays (in general). The meaning is the same because you obviously can't be going to Cyprus for someone else's vacation, you go for yourself. So both sentences I've mentioned work :sunglasses:


By the way, are you going there this summer:smile:?


Stefania,

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Julie Stacey
Wednesday at 11:03 PM
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Oh dear, will I ever get the hang of Greek Grammar :)

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Wednesday at 10:57 PM
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Γεια σου Julie!


"Πηγαίνω στην Κύπρο για τις διακοπές μου" :wink:


I've only been to Cyprus once. I loved the people there :smile:


Stefania,

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Julie Stacey
Wednesday at 10:53 PM
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Πηναίνω στνη Κύπρο για διακοπές μου


I go to Cyprus for my holidays