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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 our previous lesson, we learned how to ask "Who" questions in Greek.
This time, we are going to ask "Why" questions.
Your boss is giving you a call because you are not at work today... He might ask you Giati den eiste sto grafeio simera?
So let’s break down this question.
First we had-
Giati, which is the basic translation of "Why" in Greek.
Den eiste is the 2nd person plural of the verb eimai in the negative form. The second person plural, or formal “you” is being used here for politeness.
Then Sto grafeio which is "at the office"
And finally simera which is "today"
Altogether it is Giati den eiste sto grafeio simera? meaning “Why aren't you at the office today?
So in Greek, giati is the translation of "Why", used to ask the reason for something.
If you find yourself in more trouble with your boss you might hear Giati argisate simera?" this means "Why are you late today?"
Another common usage of giati is to ask the objective of something. But in this case, it is split into 2 words - Gia and ti. Gia means “for” and tee means “what” so, in this case, Gia ti? is closer to the meaning of "What for?" or “For what?”
For example: Gia ti to chrisimopoioume auto? This means "What is this used for?"
Now it’s time for Chrissi’s Insights.
A commonly used expression in Greece is Giati ochi? which means "why not?" You can use it to accept a proposition if you're not really excited about it.
For example, if a friend asks you suddenly "Why don’t we go to the movies tonight?" or Ti les ya sinema apopse?
You can answer Giati ochi? "Why not?"
This lesson is the last of this Absolute Beginner video series, “Ελληνικά σε 3 λεπτά”. You already know how Greek works so I hope you will continue and learn more about this ancient but still fascinating language. To take your language ability to the next level, check out GreekPod101.com, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Greek.
Giea sas!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Can you tell us why are you learning Greek?

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Thursday at 11:32 AM
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Hi Matt,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It is always welcome :)

A video on prepositions is something we will definitely consider for a future series?. Keep in mind that this is a series that focuses mainly on common and useful phrases rather than details about specific grammar points, so if we do make a video on prepositions, it won't appear here in this series.

If there's anything else I can assist you with, please let me know.

Kind regards,


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Thursday at 10:03 AM
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You REALLY need another of these videos with Chrissi on basic PREPOSITIONS. Just simple things like "in", "with", "through", "from", "on", etc. This would round out an otherwise fabulous introductory series. You do cover some prepositions incidentally along the way (στο being the main one), but it would be helpful to cover them all in one class.

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Saturday at 01:59 PM
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Hello Anuj Malhotra,

I'm glad you found us! I hope you will enjoy the "Greek in 3 Minutes" series, as well as the rest of the website.

Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us by leaving a comment. We are here to help.

Kind regards,


Team GreekPod101.com

Anuj Malhotra
Friday at 12:43 PM
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I looked at a lot of websites before I found this one (Greek in 3min) .

A fantastic I introduction to Greek. Well done Chrissy!


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Monday at 01:04 PM
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Hi Michael!

Thank you for the positive feedback!

It definitely gives us great motivation to keep making more!

For more advanced learners we have just started with the a new video series with focus on Greek holidays.

I believe you have already discovered it actually :wink:!

It will be a series of 25 fresh videos full of Greek culture:sunglasses: We release one video every two weeks, so stay with us and discover them all!



Saturday at 11:20 AM
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These videos are the best. You have to keep making more videos like this for more advanced learners :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: