Would you like to traveling to Greece or participate in an Omilo Greek Langauge and Culture course this summer, but you are not confident to travel yet, due to the corona pandemic?
Do not worry, if you’re still looking to ‘travel’ from the comfort of your own living room whilst staying safe and practicing your Greek skills, we have the perfect idea for you: why not give the Greek TV series Η Αίθουσα του Θρόνου a try?
This Greek TV series was shot in both Attica (Athens, Lagonisi and Nea Makri) and the island of Syros, where the Omilo summer courses take place.
Continue reading to learn more!

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Ας μάθουμε λίγα πράγματα για την περιοχή της Φθιώτιδας στην Ελλάδα!

We are happy to announce that a new experienced teacher, Myrto Yfanti,  starts working at Omilo.
Myrto already was teaching for Omilo during the September 2020 course on the island of Syros and was very enthusiastic to meet so many interested students, from all over the world.

Με χαρά ανακοινώνουμε ότι μια νέα έμπειρη καθηγήτρια, η Μυρτώ Υφαντή, ξεκινά να εργάζεται στο Ομιλώ. Η Μυρτώ δίδαξε πρώτη φορά στο Ομιλώ τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2020 στο νησί της Σύρου και ενθουσιάστηκε που γνώρισε τόσους ενδιαφέροντες μαθητές από όλον τον κόσμο.

We are hopeful we can start teaching the 1- and 2-week intensive courses again from June 2021 onward on the island of Lefkada and Syros, and then Myrto will join the Omilo-team.

Every teacher at Omilo has a different teaching style, as well as a different background 🙂
Myrto grew up in a small village in the prefecture of Fthiotida, the village of Giannitsou.
For those participating in our Online Cultural Event, you will learn more about this region during her online presentation;

Τraditional life in the mountainous villages of Fthiotida prefecture Versus city life

Είμαστε αισιόδοξοι ότι θα μπορέσουμε να αρχίσουμε ξανά τα εντατικά μαθήματα διάρκειας μιας και δύο εβδομάδων από τον Ιούνιο του 2021 και εξής στα νησιά της Λευκάδας και της Σύρου και τότε η Μυρτώ θα μπει στην ομάδα του Ομιλώ.

Κάθε καθηγητής στο Ομιλώ έχει διαφορετικό στυλ διδασκαλίας, καθώς επίσης και διαφορετικό υπόβαθρο. 🙂 Η Μυρτώ μεγάλωσε σε ένα μικρό χωριό στον νομό Φθιώτιδας, το χωριό «Γιαννιτσού». Όσοι λάβετε μέρος στη Διαδικτυακή Πολιτιστική Εκδήλωσή μας, θα μάθετε περισσότερα κατά τη διάρκεια της διαδικτυακής της παρουσίασης:

Παραδοσιακές συνήθειες και ζωή στα ορεινά χωριά του Νομού Φθιώτιδας – Ζωή στην πόλη

In the meantime, here already a small introduction.

Phthiotis (Φθιώτιδα, Fthiótida,)  is one of the regional units in Greece. It is part of the administrative region of Central Greece.
The capital is the city of LAMIA. The name dates back to ancient times. It is best known as the home of Achilles.

Η Φθιώτιδα είναι μια Περιφερειακή Ενότητα της Ελλάδας. Ανήκει στη διοικητική περιφέρεια της Στερεάς Ελλάδας.
Η πρωτεύουσα είναι η πόλη της Λαμίας.
Το όνομά της προέρχεται από την αρχαιότητα. Είναι κυρίως γνωστή ως το σπίτι του Αχιλλέα.

Map of Fthiotida Greece  | Χάρτης της Φθιώτιδας

Fthiotida prefecture belongs to the Sterea Ellada county. It is bordering with the prefectures of Fokis and Viotia to the south and with Evia to the East. To the north borders with Larisa and to the west with the prefectures of Evrytania and Karditsa.

Ο νομός Φθιώτιδας ανήκει στη Στερεά Ελλάδα. Συνορεύει με τους νομούς Φωκίδας και Βοιωτίας στα νότια και με την Εύβοια στα ανατολικά. Στα βόρεια συνορεύει με τη Λάρισα και στα δυτικά με τους νομούς Ευρυτανίας και Καρδίτσας.

 

 Village of Giannitsou | Γιαννιτσού

36 km far from Lamia

36 χιλιόμετρα μακριά από τη Λαμία

 

Take a look at the YouTube video of  Νέα και Παλαιά Γιαννιτσού (Nea and Palaia Giannitsou)

Ρίξτε μια ματιά στο βίντεο για τη Νέα και την Παλαιά Γιαννιτσού στο YouTube.

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon online 😉

Ανυπομονούμε να σας δούμε online σύντομα! 😉

Myrto, and the Omilo-team

 

If you are not able to travel to Greece at the moment but would like to get that feeling again, then why not reading some travel diaries?
And even better…If you are at the advanced level in Greek, then you can also improve your Greek reading and listening skills at the same time.

Below more information about the eBook,
Travel Diaries About Greece, by 19th-century British Writers – Athens, Sparta & Mani.

Adapted and translated by Eleni Maria Georgiou.
Accompanied by the Greek Audio-Book, narrated by Eva Christodoulou (omilo teacher)

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Χρόνια Πολλά!  This year, Greece celebrates a special anniversary on March 25th – Its 200 Υears Οf Ιndependence!

If you want to read more about this important National Celebration, the Greek National Anthem, useful vocabulary etc…
then click on the button below, for the article in English, Greek,
as well as a Greek -file Audio to improve your listening skills in Greek 🙂

However, this year, 2021,  is an even bigger celebration! Unfortunately, it is difficult to celebrate in a lockdown, so we will do it with music, once again 😉

To celebrate the 200 years since the Greek Revolution, the famous song of Dionysis Savvopoulos has been chosen for the official video clip of this event. See below.

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The “Marti bracelet” or just “Marti” is an ancient custom for the beginning of Spring. It is believed it dates back to ancient Greece and it is known all over the Balkans.
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In 2021 Omilo celebrates 25 years! However, a celebration in corona times is no fun, so we are waiting for a better moment 🙂
In the meantime, Maya and Dimitris (founders of Omilo) as well as several teachers will participate in interviews, videos, and podcasts. Read more

The recent years more and more Omilo students, mostly nationals of non-EU-countries, seem to be interested in moving to Greece or become residents of Greece.
From 2020 also UK-nationals are included in the interested individuals. We have heard various personal reasons for considering taking that step, for example: Read more

Lefkada, also called Lefkas, is a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece; south of Corfu, and North of Kefalonia island. The island is connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. Because Omilo organizes every year a 1- and 2-week course on Lefkada island, during the month of June, we love to introduce you to some facts as well as to the rich mythological tradition of this Greek island.

In June 2020, unfortunately, the Lefkada course was canceled due to the corona-lockdown in Greece.
We are optimistic and hope that in 2021 we will be once again welcoming our students, to this beautiful island.

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It is January 2021, and unfortunately, we are still experiencing a lockdown in Greece, due to “corona”!
Traveling to or within Greece is limited now, but just in case you are planning to be in Greece during the winter season, this year or next year, be aware that Greece is not just a summer destination, but also a great winter destination.  So let’s talk about some nice villages to visit during winter.
Above you can see a photo of the village of Nymfaio, in Northern Greece.

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Greece might be a “coffee country” and not so known for tea, but did you know that there are different types of Greek herbal teas?
They have plenty of health benefits and are associated with staying at home and keeping warm during the cold winter months, so now we have a perfect chance to learn more about them, and enjoy the Greek herbal teas during the “lockdown Christmas Season”!

Teas are also seen mainly as a pleasant alternative to coffee that tastes nice and soothes the mind and body after a stressful day. Read more