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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 two lessons we learned how to count in Greek –from one to one hundred. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy in this lesson. Why? Because we will learn how to go shopping in Greece!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is it?”
Poso kanei?
[slowly] Poso kanei?
Are you ready to go shopping in Greece? Let’s go!
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. The first thing to say to a shop clerk is…”parakalo” do you remember what that means? It means, "Please" usually but in this situation, it means, "Excuse me!"
Parakalo, poso kanei auto?
[slowly] Parakalo, poso kanei auto?
The word “auto” we use in this phrase means “it” or “this”; we are referring to a certain object. If we want to be more specific, we must know if the object is feminine, masculine or neuter, convert the word “αυτό” accordingly and add the object itself. Let’s say we are asking about a hat or a “kapelo”; in Greek a hat is neuter so we will use the phrase “auto to kapelo”.
Let’s try it:
Parakalo, poso kanei auto to kapelo? "Excuse me, how much is this hat?"
[slowly] Parakalo, poso kanei auto to kapelo?
And “skirt” is a feminine noun. “Fousta”. Let’s try that too-
Parakalo, poso kanei auti i fousta?
"Excuse me, how much is this skirt?"
[slowly] Parakalo, poso kanei auti i fousta?
Finally, let’s also try a masculine –like a lighter, “anaptiras”
Parakalo, poso kanei autos o anaptiras?
"Excuse me, how much is this lighter?
[slowly] Parakalo, poso kanei autos o anaptiras?
At this point the shop clerk will most certainly answer by saying directly the price -
Deka pente evro or
Eikosi evro
The word “evro” means, of course “euro” and as for the number, you already know that, don’t you? In case you have forgotten, “deka pente” means “fifteen” and “eikosi” means “twenty.”
Now it’s time for Chrissi’s Insights.
Even though it is not very polite, the fastest way to ask how much something costs is by saying the word “auto” (meaning “it”) and adding the word “poso” (meaning “how much”) raising your tone in the first syllable (po-). In this case, even though you are using the neuter “it”, “auto”, you can also get away with masculine and feminine nouns. It’s just a quick hack, but if you don’t know the object’s gender or you are in a hurry, it’s passable; Greeks do it all the time!
At this point, can you count euros in Greek? We are going to learn how to do this in the next lesson; after that you will have no excuse for not going out on a shopping spree in Greece!
I'll be waiting for you in our next Ελληνικά σε 3 λεπτά lesson.
Tha ta ksanapoume sto epomeno mathima!

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Wednesday at 03:43 AM
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Hi May,


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Better late than never! I hope you'll enjoy the lessons and learning Greek with us.


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May
Wednesday at 01:01 AM
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Hi, this is my first lesson after subscribing as a Premium user, and I wish I had watched it a few weeks ago before my trip to Greece, where I indeed indulged in a few "shoping sprees" (specially buying children books in Greek to support my learning process), though alas always speaking in English.


I was really impressed on how well Greeks speak English, however I also felt they were very happy to hear me say the few words I knew back then, like ευχαριστώ, παρακαλώ, γεια σας, etc, and it really has given me the motivation to keep on learning!😄

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Wednesday at 07:15 AM
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Hi Kim,


I'm glad you are enjoying learning Greek :) You are not wrong. The same word is used for two different meanings. Actually more as λεπτό could also be a neuter adjective meaning "thin". This is quite common in Greek but also in English too. Using the following free dictionary when looking up for words will help you see how many meanings one single word can have:


http://www.wordreference.com/engr/


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Stefania

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Kim
Monday at 06:03 PM
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Hello! I am so enjoying learning Greek. Just wondering why the word for minute is the same as the word for cent? Am I wrong?

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Hi Paul,


If you want to install the Greek keyboard in your system, please follow the following instructions:

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Enjoy learning Greek!


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Stefania

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Paul T
Wednesday at 10:45 PM
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Hi Dear Krissy, Can you please tell me how I could type in Greek letters on this computer ? Thanks

Paul T
Wednesday at 10:40 PM
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Yia sou agapesmeni Krisi, Sa agapo poli. Mipos boreis na pez mou pos na grafo stin elenika me auto to computer?

Efkatisto poli

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Γεια σου Χόλι,


Thank you for your feedback.

This series has a lot of useful phrases for a beginner. We are glad you are finding it helpful!


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Tuesday at 07:48 AM
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I have found this to be the Most helpful series after the alphabet one. Watching the teacher speak is important to the way I learn j suppose.

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Hello Shahd,


I am glad you enjoyed this! I hope this series will have lots to offer you!


Stefania,

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