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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 the verb kano which means "to do" in Greek.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use areso, which means “to like”. You can use it to talk about your tastes in everything from food to music to people. So let's get started!
Imagine you are in a restaurant with some Greek friends and they ask you Sou aresi h feta? This means “do you like feta?”. So supposing you like it you can say, Nai, mou aresei.
So let’s break this down:
First we had-
Nai which is simply "Yes."
Second is mou aresei. Now, here it gets a little complicated so follow me closely! The actual verb in the first person present tense is areso but this means “I am likeable”. When we want to use the verb to say that we like something, we use the verb in the third person present tense, together with the personal pronoun mou. So it is mou aresei. As you can see, the verb stays the same in both the question and the answer. So even if you don’t remember how to conjugate the verb, just use it as you hear it in the question.
Do you think this is complicated? Well, let’s try some more questions and answers.
Sou aresei to podosfairo? “do you like soccer?”
Nai, mou aresei. “Yes I do”.
Sou aresei i Ellada? “do you like Greece?”
Nai, mou aresei. “Yes I do”.
Sou aresei i mousiki? “do you like music?”
Nai, mou aresei. “Yes, I do”.
Sou aresei auti I gynaika? “do you like this woman?”
Or
Sou aresei autos o antras? “do you like this man?”
Nai, mou aresei. “Yes, I do”.
You might have noticed that in the answers, I always used just Nai, mou aresei. I didn’t repeat the object. This is the same as in English – since the question already includes the object, there is no need to say "Yes, I like Greece." "Yes, I like soccer." and so on. I could...but it sounds a little unnatural.
We've been positive so far, but what if you *don’t* like soccer? Here’s the good news: if you remember how we created the negative form of verbs using the word Den, the same rule works here too. In other words, if you don’t like soccer, you can just say Ochi, den mou aresei which means “No, I don’t like it”. So the pair you have to remember is mou aresei” and “den mou aresei”. Not that hard, is it?
Now it’s time for Chrissi’s Insights.
In Greek, if you want to say that you really love something, you won’t use the verb “love” but the expression “I’m crazy for”. So if you really, truly love soccer, you will answer Trellainomai gia to podosfairo. Or, more simply, trellainomai. Greeks use that quite often but foreigners don’t, so the next time you are with Greek friends, use this to impress them!
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb areso.
Next time we’ll learn another very useful verb, erchomai.
Do you know what this verb means? Come to the next “Ελληνικά σε 3 λεπτά” lesson and I’ll tell you!
Geia sas!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! What do you like in Greece?

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Monday at 10:12 AM
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Hello Learner01!


Thank you for your comment :)


If by "gyros" you mean the whole wrap thing, then here's what you need to know:


In Athens the whole wrap is called σουβλάκι (literally meaning "little meat skewer"). So in that case it is better to say "τρελαίνομαι για σουβλάκι." If you say "τρελαίνομαι για γύρο" to us it sounds as if you only like one ingredient of the wrap. It's like saying "I like tomato", it's inside the souvlaki but it doesn't define it. Also because souvlaki might contain diced meat (which in Athens we call καλαμάκι) or kebab meat, not just gyros (thin slices of meat). But if you only refer to gyros as the meat only, then by all means you can say "τρελαίνομαι για γύρο" or "μου αρέσει πολύ ο γύρος."


In Thessaloniki, however, the terms are slightly different. Σουβλάκι refers only to the meat skewer (as the true meaning of the word suggests), while the whole wrap is called πίτα (με) γύρο / πίτα (με) σουβλάκι /πίτα (με) κεμπάπ.


The different terms always result in epic arguments between Athenians and Thessalonikians and both sides have good arguments to support each terminology.?


https://www.e-food.gr/blog/telika-einai-souvlaki-i-kalamaki/


A convenient way to refer to the whole wrap with gyros in both cities is to use the slang word το πιτόγυρο?.


Greetings to Serbia❤️️!


Stefania

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Learner01
Sunday at 11:43 PM
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Hi! Those lessons are really useful and it's really easy!But,how can i say 'I'm crazy for gyros!' (Because i love it so so much!)

Much love from Serbia,keep the magnificent work up!?

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Tuesday at 10:36 AM
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Hi Bibiana,


Yes, you can say λατρεύω + accusative or τρελαίνομαι για + accusative if you really, really like something.:smile:


Stefania

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Bibiana
Sunday at 12:36 AM
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Τι μου αρεσει στην Ελλαδα??? Ολα!!!! Μου αρεσει ολα οτι ειναι ελληνικα... η χώρα, ο κοσμος, η γλωσσα, ο πολιτισμος, η μουσικη... οι μεροι... και οι ανδρες :smile: :smile: :smile:


One more useful word is I think "λατρεύω", which can be used in the same way as "τρελαίνομαι".. εχω δικιο Στεφανια?