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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 the numbers from one to ten. Have you forgotten? Here I'll tell you again:
Ena, dyo, tria, tessera, pente, eksi, epta, okto, ennea, deka
And now let’s continue from eleven.
[slowly] enteka
[slowly] dodeka
Deka tria
[slowly] deka tria
Deka tessera
[slowly] de-ka tessera
Deka pente
[slowly] de-ka pente
De-ka eksi
[slowly] deka eksi
Deka epta
[slowly] deka epta
Deka okto
[slowly] de-ka okto
De-ka ennea
[slowly] deka ennea
And finally we have:
[slowly] eikosi
Okay, now repeat after me. I'll say the numbers and give you time to repeat each one.
11. Enteka
12. Dodeka
13. Deka tria
14. Deka tessera
15. Deka pente
16. Deka eksi
17. Deka epta
18. Deka okto
19. Deka ennea
20. Eikosi
These numbers may seem harder to remember, but you really just have to memorize enteka, dodeka and eikosi; all other numbers are a combination of deka that is, ten and the numbers from tria until ennea, that is from three to nine –like saying “ten-three”, “ten-four” etc.
Let’s not stop at 20! Counting from ten to one hundred is super easy! Now I'll give you the tens:
While you have to memorize a few of these numbers, there is a silver lightning: except endeka and dodeka we mentioned before, all other combinations, that is compound numbers are formed by putting the tens in front of the singles. This means, for example that trianta tessera is “thirty four” and ogdonta epta is “eighty seven”. Yes, that’s right –exactly as in English! Let’s try those combinations:
Trianta tessera
[slowly] trianta tessera
Ogdonta epta
[slowly] ogdonta epta
Got it? I told you it was really easy!
Now it’s time for Chrissi’s Insights.
The pronunciation we have used in this and the previous lesson is the standard pronunciation for numbers. Sometimes, though, especially in casual conversation, Greeks also use euta instead of epta, ochto instead of okto and ennia instead of ennea. So if you notice someone using these words, don’t be surprised –they are exactly the same as the ones you have learned (actually, yours are more correct!)
After only two lessons, you are now able to count to one hundred in Greek! Isn’t this great? So let’s go to the next lesson and see how we can use these numbers in their natural environment; that is shopping!
I'll be waiting for you in our next Fast Greek lesson.
Tha ta ksanapoume sto epomeno mathima!