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INTRODUCTION
Jason:In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Greek learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
GRAMMAR POINT
Jason:In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question ""What's your name?"" In Greek this is
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας;
Jason:The first word in the question is
Chrissi:πώς
Jason:""meaning something like how"" in English.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) πώς
Jason:Listen again and repeat.
Chrissi:πώς
{Pause}
Jason:This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Chrissi:είναι
Jason:meaning is.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) είναι
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:είναι
{Pause}
Jason:Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Chrissi:πώς είναι
{pause}
Jason:And next
Chrissi:το
Jason:meaning something like the.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) το
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:το
{Pause}
Jason:Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Chrissi:πώς είναι το
{pause}
Jason:And next
Chrissi:όνομα
Jason:meaning name.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) όνομα
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:όνομα
{Pause}
Jason:Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Chrissi:πώς είναι το όνομα
{pause}
Jason:And next
Chrissi:σας
Jason:meaning your.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) σας
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:σας
{Pause}
Jason:Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Chrissi:πώς είναι το όνομα σας
{pause}
Jason:(You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question What's your name??
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Τζον
Jason:""My name is John. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Chrissi:(Slow) Το όνομά μου είναι Τζον
{pause}
Jason:Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Chrissi:το
Jason:meaning the.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) το
Jason:Now repeat
Chrissi:το
{Pause}
Jason:And next
Chrissi:όνομα
Jason:meaning name.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) όνομα
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:όνομα
{Pause}
Jason:Next is
Chrissi:μου
Jason:meaning my.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) μου
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:μου
{Pause}
Jason:And after that
Chrissi:είναι
Jason:meaning is.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) είναι
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:είναι
{Pause}
Jason:And after that
Chrissi:Τζον
Jason:which is the name John.
Chrissi:(Slow, by syllable) Τζον
Jason:Now repeat.
Chrissi:Τζον
{Pause}
Jason:Listen to the speaker say, My name is John, and then repeat.
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Τζον
{pause}
Jason:To expand on the pattern, replace John with George.
Chrissi:Τζορτζ
Jason:George
Chrissi:(slow) Τζορτζ (regular) Τζορτζ
Jason:Listen to the phrase again, this time with George
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Τζορτζ
Jason:It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name John. Say My name is George
{pause}
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Τζορτζ
Jason:To use a different phrase, replace George with Helen.
Chrissi:Έλεν
Jason:Helen
Chrissi:(slow) Έλεν (regular) Έλεν
Jason:Listen to the phrase again, this time with Helen
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Έλεν
Jason:It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name George. Say My name is Helen
{pause}
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Έλεν
Jason:To use a different phrase, replace Helen with Mary.
Chrissi:Μαίρη
Jason:Mary
Chrissi:(slow) Μαίρη (regular) Μαίρη
Jason:Listen to the phrase again, this time with Mary
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Μαίρη
Jason:It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Helen. Say My name is Mary
{pause}
Chrissi:Το όνομά μου είναι Μαίρη
QUIZ
Jason:Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Greece and someone asks you your name. Your name is John. Respond to the question.
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας; (five seconds) Το όνομά μου είναι Τζον
Jason:Now, imagine your name is George Respond to the question.
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας; (five seconds) Το όνομά μου είναι Τζορτζ
Jason:Imagine your name is Helen. . Answer the speaker's question.
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας; (five seconds) Το όνομά μου είναι Έλεν
Jason:Imagine your name is Mary. Respond to the question.
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας; (five seconds) Το όνομά μου είναι Μαίρη
Jason:You want to learn the stranger's name. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας;
Jason:Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Chrissi:Πώς είναι το όνομά σας;
[pause]

Outro

Jason:This is the end of Lesson 1

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Wednesday at 05:57 AM
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Γεια σου, Ιάκωβε,


It depends on what you are trying to say. If you are saying "Where is your name?" meaning where is it written then you can use πού (= "where"). You can't say τι if you are asking someone's name. You have to say ποιο:


Ποιο είναι το όνομά σας;


Let me know if you have any more questions.


Cheers,


Stefania

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Ιάκωβος (Jacques)
Sunday at 03:09 AM
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Is it wrong to substitute πού with τί in the sentence: Πού είναι το όνομα σας;

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Thursday at 06:18 AM
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Hi aria,


You can use that sentence when you want to ask someone's name (What's your name?). Keep in mind that it's in a casual tone. A formal tone would be Πώς σας λένε;


Regards,


Stefania

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aria
Sunday at 04:53 AM
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When can I say Pos se lene? Does that not mean ' what is your name?'

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Friday at 08:43 AM
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Γεια σου Μπεν!


Με λένε literally means "They call me" and "Το όνομά μου είναι..." means "My name is...".

Both can be used to say the same thing which is "My name is..." in English. I'd say that the first one is more commonly used, though.


I hope this helps!


Stefania

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Benny
Thursday at 09:14 AM
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Hello, in addition to GreekPod101 I have a Greek teacher, she tells me the way to say "My name is...." is "Με λενε..." but here Christi and Jason use "Το όνομά μου είναι..." as "My name is...". could you please explain what's the difference between

"Με λενε..." and "Το όνομά μου είναι...",


ευχαριστώ παρα πολι!

Ο Μπεν

GreekPod101.com Verified
Saturday at 02:46 PM
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Hi Eve,


Great question! The following guide will help you know when to use σας (or other words in the plural) in order to express politeness in a formal environment:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.innovativelanguage.com/greekpod101/static/media/Formal_or_Informal.png


Kind regards,


Stefania

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Eve
Thursday at 10:43 PM
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Is it the case that when asking somebody's name for the first time we always use the formal σας? Or are there situations (e.g. with people of the same age in a shared class) where the formal wouldn't be used?

GreekPod101.com
Tuesday at 10:15 AM
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Hi Kim!


What a great question! And no worries about the Greek keyboard (which by the way you can install and learn how to type by following these instructions: https://bit.ly/2RUTtXD )


I have the perfect lesson for you:

https://www.greekpod101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-stefania-10-why-do-some-words-get-two-accent-marks/?lp=96


If you still have any questions after watching this video, let me know :)


Kind regards,


Stefania

Team GreekPod101.com

Kim
Sunday at 06:09 PM
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Hi,

I am confused as to why the word onoma is sometimes written in this lesson with one accent, and sometimes with two. The word voithia in the basic boot camp lesson, also sometimes has one accent and sometimes two. Is this a mistake, or can these two words actually have one accent on some occasions and two accents on other occasions? Sorry I'm not typing in the beautiful greek alphabet. I don't know how!

Efharistó ya ti voíthiá sas.

Kim