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Becky: Hello everyone and welcome back to GreekPod101.com. This is Lower Intermediate, Season 1, lesson 14, A Job Well Done in Greece. I’m Becky.
Stefania: And I’m Stefania.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn about homonyms and paronyms in Greek. The conversation takes place at the office of the daily Greek newspaper.
Stefania: It is between the senior editor Kostas Giannoulatos and his supervisor Dionysis Ioakimidis.
Becky: The characters know each other well, but since there is a difference in their status in the company, the conversation contains both formal and informal Greek.
Διονύσης:Λοιπόν, έχουμε τελειώσει με το αυριανό φύλλο;
Κώστας:Ναι, το κλείσαμε πριν από μισή ώρα. Μόλις πείτε το ΟΚ, φεύγει για το τυπογραφείο.
Διονύσης:Του έριξα μια ματιά. Πρόσεξα κάτι ψιλά λαθάκια και τα επεσήμανα στη διόρθωση.
Κώστας:Ωραία. Οπότε μπορώ να το στείλω;
Διονύσης:Ναι. Η στήλη με τα πολιτικά βγήκε πολύ καλή σήμερα.
Κώστας:Ναι, την είδα το πρωί. Καταγράφει πολύ καλά τις διαφορές μεταξύ των υποψηφίων.
Διονύσης:Ακριβώς! Και κανείς δεν μπορεί να πει ότι παίρνουμε θέση υπέρ του δημάρχου.
Κώστας:Μα ο κόσμος έτσι κι αλλιώς ξέρει ότι τον υποστηρίζουμε.
Διονύσης:Υποστηρίζουμε κάποιες θέσεις του, όχι οτιδήποτε λέει. Με ενδιαφέρει αυτό να είναι ξεκάθαρο!
Κώστας:Είναι, νομίζω.
Διονύσης:Ωραία. Οπότε είμαστε εντάξει και για σήμερα. Καλά πήγαμε.
Κώστας:Πράγματι! Κατεβαίνω στο τυπογραφείο για να το στείλω και ξαναμιλάμε πριν φύγετε.
Dionysis: So, are we done with tomorrow's paper?
Kostas: Yes, we wrapped it up half an hour ago. As soon as you say it's OK, it will go to the printing press.
Dionysis: I went through it. I noticed a few minor errors and pointed them out during proofing.
Kostas: Nice. So, can Ι send it?
Dionysis: Yes. Today's politics column turned out to be very good.
Kostas: Yes, I saw it in the morning. It lists the differences between the candidates very well.
Dionysis: Exactly! And no one can say that our position is in favor of the mayor.
Kostas: But the people know that we support him already.
Dionysis: We support some of his views, not everything he says. I want this to be clear!
Kostas: It is, I think.
Dionysis: Nice. So we are OK for today, too. We did well.
Kostas: Indeed. I'll go down to send it to the printing room, and we'll talk again before you leave.
Becky: I see we took a peek behind the scenes in the Greek media!
Stefania: Well, politics and media are very tightly connected.
Becky: Is that the case in Greece too?
Stefania: I would have to say yes. But isn’t it everywhere?
Becky: You’re right. So depending what newspaper you read, you get a different perspective, right?
Stefania: Yes. Sometimes the information you get might be a little bit different from reality. The media tends to over exaggerate things sometimes and present it in a more dramatic way.
Becky: So what can I do if I’m in Greece and I want to know what’s going on?
Stefania: Read more than one newspaper. You can also watch many TV channels too. So you can get a more rounded opinion.
Becky: I see. And this will help?
Stefania: Either that or you will just stop following the news. Many Greeks do that actually!
Becky: I see.
Becky: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Stefania: φύλλο [natural native speed]
Becky: leaf, sheet, newspaper
Stefania: φύλλο [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: φύλλο [natural native speed]
Stefania: ψιλός [natural native speed]
Becky: thin, minor, fine
Stefania: ψιλός [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: ψιλός [natural native speed]
Stefania: λαθάκι [natural native speed]
Becky: minor error
Stefania: λαθάκι [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: λαθάκι [natural native speed]
Stefania: επισημαίνω [natural native speed]
Becky: to point out
Stefania: επισημαίνω [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: επισημαίνω [natural native speed]
Stefania: στήλη [natural native speed]
Becky: column
Stefania: στήλη [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: στήλη [natural native speed]
Stefania: διαφορά [natural native speed]
Becky: difference
Stefania: διαφορά [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: διαφορά [natural native speed]
Stefania: υποψήφιος [natural native speed]
Becky: candidate
Stefania: υποψήφιος [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: υποψήφιος [natural native speed]
Stefania: υποστηρίζω [natural native speed]
Becky: to support
Stefania: υποστηρίζω [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: υποστηρίζω [natural native speed]
Stefania: νομίζω [natural native speed]
Becky: to think, to be of the opinion that, to reckon
Stefania: νομίζω [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Stefania: νομίζω [natural native speed]
Becky: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. What’s the first word?
Stefania: “υποψήφιος” meaning “candidate”.
Becky: And this is a noun, right?
Stefania: Actually it can be a noun and an adjective. Depends on how we use it. In our dialogue, we use it as a noun.
Becky: Really? Does that happen a lot in Greek?
Stefania: Yes, it does. Not with all adjectives of course!
Becky: Can we have an example of it used as an adjective?
Stefania: Yes. In our sample sentence we have “Οι υποψήφιες κοπέλες για τον τίτλο «Μις Κόσμος» είναι δέκα.”
Becky: Meaning?
Stefania: “The candidate girls for the title of “Miss World” are ten”.
Becky: And as a noun?
Stefania: The sentence from our dialogue: “Καταγράφει πολύ καλά τις διαφορές μεταξύ των δύο υποψηφίων.”
Becky: Wow! A long one. And this means “It lists the differences between the two candidates very well.”, right?
Stefania: Yes. You see, in this one, we just say “των δύο υποψηφίων” and nothing else follows, but in the sample sentence we have “Οι υποψήφιες κοπέλες”, so “υποψήφιες” is the adjective of the noun “κοπέλες” that follows.
Becky: Got it! Next is…
Stefania: The verb “υποστηρίζω”
Becky: Meaning to “support”
Stefania: Yes. It is a compound word. Its base originates from the verb “στηρίζω” which also means “to support” or to “prop something up”. The verb “στηρίζω” is used more often in its literal sense, while “υποστηρίζω” is more often used in a metaphorical way.
Becky: For example?
Stefania: “οι κολώνες στηρίζουν τη στέγη” meaning “the columns are holding up the roof”.
Becky: Here you can see the literal sense. A more metaphorical example is our sample sentence…
Stefania: “Υποστηρίζουμε την ομάδα της πόλης μας”.
Becky: “We support our city’s team”. However there are also cases where the two verbs are interchangeable.
Stefania: For example “Οι γονείς μου με στηρίζουν οικονομικά” meaning “My parents support me financially”.
Becky: OK. One more?
Stefania: The verb “νομίζω”.
Becky: Which means, “I think”.
Stefania: Sort of. It is used to express an opinion or an estimation such as “I reckon”.
Becky: So it is not like “I will think about this and let you know”.
Stefania: No! That would be “σκέφτομαι”.
Becky: OK. Now onto the grammar.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn about homonyms and paronyms.
Stefania: Yes. By the way, these are Greek words too, you know.
Becky: Really? What do they mean?
Stefania: “Homonyms” are words that sound exactly the same, but have different meanings
Becky: Like the number “eight” and the verb “ate” in English?
Stefania: Exactly! Homonyms in Greek are words that happen to be spelled exactly the same but have a different meaning.
Becky: And what are paronyms?
Stefania: “Paronyms” are words that sound very similar and also have different meanings.
Becky: An English example would perhaps be “adopt” and “adapt”, right?
Stefania: Yes!
Becky: Are these phenomena frequently found in Greek?
Stefania: Yes.
Becky: Oh, we also need to mention that words that look exactly the same, but have their accent marks on different syllables are also considered paronyms and not homonyms. This sounds a bit confusing! Can we have an example?
Stefania: Certainly. The word for good is “καλός”, OK?
Becky: OK.
Stefania: It is spelled with “όμικρον” at the end. However the word “κάλος” is also spelled the same, but it means “callus”.
Becky: I see. They definitely sound similar!
Stefania: Yes.
Becky: Can we find some homonyms and paronyms in our dialogue?
Stefania: Yes. Let’s take “ψιλά λαθάκια”.
Becky: Which means “minor errors”.
Stefania: Right. “ψιλά” here is spelled with “γιώτα” but if you say “ψηλά δέντρα”, meaning “tall trees”, you will notice that although this “ψηλά” sounds the same as the previous one, it is spelled with “ήτα”.
Becky: Are these words homonyms or paronyms? Let’s see if you have been paying attention! So we have “psilá” and “psilá”... they sound exactly the same to me, but are written with different “i” (ee)... so they are homonyms right?
Stefania: Exactly! So, as you can see in written Greek, the correct spelling is very important in order to give the right message. “ψιλά” with “γιώτα”, apart from “minor”, a rather idiomatic translation, can also mean “thin”. So if you mistakenly write “ψιλά δέντρα” with “γιώτα”, people would think you are saying “thin trees” and not “tall trees”.
Becky: I see. So listeners, always mind your spelling!
Stefania: Yes, please!
Becky: OK. Now, how about some paronyms?
Stefania: In our dialogue, one of the sentences goes like this: “Κανείς δεν μπορεί να πει”.
Becky: Yes, which means “No one can say”.
Stefania: Right. Let’s keep that “Κανείς” in mind and let’s consider the phrase “Τι κάνεις;” which means “how are you?” or “What are you doing?”
Becky: Oh, I see what is going on here! They sound kinda similar. It’s just the accented syllable that changes.
Stefania: Yes! That’s it! So we have “κανείς” and “κάνεις”. Spelled exactly the same, but since they sound similar, they are paronyms.
Becky: Now listeners, we have all of these examples in our lesson notes, and we have also included a few more examples for you to go over to get this mastered!
Becky: So listeners, please download them and read them! Is there any other way to help our listeners learn homonyms and paronyms?
Stefania: It’s not really a matter of studying lists with homonyms and paronyms. I’d say that it comes with time and by visually learning how words are spelled correctly. Just learning how words sound is half the job and might lead to confusion, like in the case of “ψιλά λαθάκια” and “ψηλά δέντρα” that we just saw. The context is also a great help. That is my tip.
Becky: Can you always tell the meaning of words that remind you of similar sounding ones from the context too?
Stefania: Yes, for example, if you hear the word “στήλη”, just that sound, can either mean “column” or it can be the 3rd person singular of the verb “to send” in the future tense. So you need some more information to figure out what the sound “στήλη” is. And context will always give you the clues you need!
Becky: I see. So, always look for context!
Stefania: Exactly!


Becky: Well, that’s it for this lesson, everyone! Thanks for listening, and see you next time.
Stefania: Γεια χαρά!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners, can you give an example of homonyms (ομώνυμα) and paronyms (παρώνυμα) in Greek?

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Monday at 06:23 AM
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Γεια σου Μάρκο!

Χαίρομαι πολύ που μπόρεσα να σε βοηθήσω με την απάντησή μου, παρόλο που ήταν στα ελληνικά😄!

Μπράβο σου που έχεις μάθει ελληνικά σε αυτό το επίπεδο!

Ναι, ξέρω, οι Έλληνες αμέσως θα μιλήσουν σε αγγλικά για να σε βοηθήσουν. Εγώ όμως από δω και στο εξής θα σου μιλάω στα ελληνικά μόνο, χεχε!

Αν έχεις άλλες ερωτήσεις, να μου πεις.

Να 'σαι καλά,


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Thursday at 09:14 PM
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Γεια σου Στεφανία,

Απίστευτο! Ευχαριστώ πολύ για την αναλυτική απαντησή σου, ήταν ακριβώς αυτό πού έχω ψάξει.

Είναι τέλεια να με απάντησεις στα ελληνικά, έτσι μπρορώ να τα μαθαίνω.

Αν είμαι στην Έλλαδα και μιλάω ελληνικά, συχνά με απάντουν στα άγγλικα, για να με βοηθούν 😄

Μονό οι μεγάλοι δεν ξέρουν τα άγγλικα, και εχούν καλά ποτά και ιστορίες!



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Monday at 11:38 AM
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Γεια σου Μάρκο,

Αν κατάλαβα καλά η ερώτηση είναι έχουμε τελειώσει vs τελειώσαμε.

Ο χρόνος παρακείμενος (έχουμε τελειώσει) δείχνει πως αυτή η πράξη έγινε στο παρελθόν και ΕΧΕΙ ΤΕΛΕΙΩΣΕΙ την ώρα που μιλάμε.

Ο χρόνος αόριστος (τελειώσαμε) δείχνει πως αυτή η πράξη έγινε στο παρελθόν ΜΙΑ ΦΟΡΑ ή ότι ΔΕΝ ήταν συνεχόμενη. Ο χρόνος που δείχνει διάρκεια στο παρελθόν είναι ο παρατατικός (τελειώναμε).

Λόγω του νοήματος του ρήματος «τελειώνω» σε μερικές περιπτώσεις δεν έχει σημασία ποια φράση θα χρησιμοποιήσεις. Με το ρήμα «τελειώνω» αυτό που μας ενδιαφέρει είναι το αν η πράξη αυτή συνεχίζεται ή όχι. Για παράδειγμα το αφεντικό σου δεν το νοιάζει αν τελείωσες τη δουλειά σου στο παρελθόν μία φορά (αόριστος) ή πολλές φορές (παρατατικός). Αυτό που τον νοιάζει είναι αν τελείωσες (ναι ή όχι). Οπότε μπορείς να του πεις «έχουμε τελειώσει/τελειώσαμε». Για αυτόν σημασία έχει το ότι η πράξη έγινε.

Χρησιμοποιούμε τον αόριστο συνήθως για να ξεχωρίσουμε αν μια πράξη που έγινε στο παρελθόν έγινε μία φορά ή περισσότερες, ή αν γινότανε συνέχεια (για παράδειγμα μια συνήθεια).

Για παράδειγμα:

Χρόνος αόριστος: Χτες καθάρισα το δωμάτιο. (μία φορά)

Χρόνος παρατατικός (past continuous): Χτες καθάριζα το δώματιο (με διάρκεια, συνέχεια)

Χρόνος παρατατικός (past continuous): Τα απογεύματα καθάριζα το δώματιο (κάθε απόγευμα, συνήθεια)

Όταν είναι σημαντικό να ξεχωρίσεις ΤΗ ΔΙΑΡΚΕΙΑ μιας πράξης στο παρελθόν, τότε πρέπει να διαλέξεις είτε τον αόριστο είτε τον παρατατικό, ανάλογα με το τι θέλεις να πεις.

Όταν η διάρκεια δεν έχει σημασία, τότε ίσως ο παρακείμενος να είναι επίσης χρήσιμος.

Άρα για να διαλέξεις τον σωστό χρόνο, ρώτα τον εαυτό σου:

αν η διάρκεια της πράξης είναι σημαντική


αν το ότι η πράξη έχει τελειώσει μέχρι την ώρα που μιλάς.

Ελπίζω να με καταλαβαίνεις, γιατί σου απάντησα στα ελληνικά, εφόσον μου γράφεις στα ελληνικά! Αν έχεις και άλλες ερωτήσεις, ρώτα με!

Γεια χαρά,


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Wednesday at 03:42 PM
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Μόλις είδα ότι λύπει κατι. Αυτό που δεν καταλαβάινω είναι πότε χρειάσομαι έχουμε τελειώσει και πότε είναι τελειώσαμε.


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δεν κατάλαβα ακόμα πότε είναι Λοιπόν, > με το αυριανό φύλλο; ή Λοιπόν, > με το αυριανό φύλλο; Πού μπόρω να το ξαναδώ;

Ευχαριστώ πολύ


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Hey Kati,

Excellent examples! Just keep in mind that "mill" is μύλος with υ :wink:

Keep up the good work!


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Thursday at 12:37 AM
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I have some homonyms and paronyms:

μήλο - μίλο apple - mill

ρόδα - ρόδα roses - wheel

λεμόνια - λεμονιά lemons - lemon tree

Γεια χαρά!

- Kati

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Hello Glenn,

Thank you for letting us know about the issue. You're right. The meaning should be "clear" not "to support."

We've fixed the issues. Unfortunately, we are missing the English audio saying "clear" so we had to take out the part from our review and main lesson audio.

Thank you again,


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Wednesday at 08:26 PM
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In the review and in the lesson vocabulary, ξεκάθαρος is said to mean to support.