Antonis Remos is a popular Greek singer who has many fans in Greece, but also among the Omilo students. For many years, Remos was also one of the Greek coaches of the popular TV show “The Voice”.

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Learning Greek is a hobby for life, so from time to time you have to find fun and new ways of learning to keep yourself motivated.

So, for those at an intermediate or advanced level in the Greek language; If you enjoy solving crosswords and get excited about ancient Greek mythology, you’re at the right place!
Although those exercises are made for advanced students in Greek, even if you are not at that level yet, you can still give it a try, or just read the myth in English. Weiterlesen

During the month of December Greeks are looking forward to buy, bake, eat or treat the typical Christmas sweets.
One of the typical Christmas cookies you can find in every bakery, patisserie or household, are the “melomakarona”.
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It cannot always be sunny, also in Greece there are “rainy days”! And of course, there is a Greek song that goes along with a wet day!
Listen to the beautiful rebetiko song, composed by Vassilis Tsitsanis „Raindrops are falling“ «Πέφτουν της βροχής οι στάλες».
A rainy day is excellent to study Greek as well, so here we go!

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How we spent the last 4 months and managed to charge our batteries for the winter?
Some recent Omilo history from July till November 2020.

Spring 2020 was very different from other years! Not only in Greece but all over the world, due to the covid-19 pandemic.
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Are you learning Greek, and struggling with Greek spelling? Don’t worry! We all know Greek spelling is not easy, even for those already at an Advanced Level!

In order to get over this difficulty and learn Greek while having fun, we prepared for you a small, but challenging exercise.

Here below a small text full of Greek spelling mistakes! You can use it to practice and find the mistakes. At the same time, you will learn about  Aesop’s Fables! Weiterlesen

For any Greek language learner, memorizing verbs and learning to conjugate them correctly, is one of the first things you need, in order to make a correct Greek sentence.

Two Greek verbs that many Beginners and even Intermediate students find quite confusing are ‘ρωτάω‘ and ‘ζητάω’. The main obvious cause of this confusion is that both verbs mean „to ask“ in English. However, in Greek, there is a difference in „asking“!

Here we explain how to use both verbs, and help you understand when to use which one and how to conjugate them.

Both verbs mean ‘to ask’.
However, there is a difference:

The verb ‘ρωτάω’ = to ask (a question)
The verb ‘ζητάω΄ = to ask for something – (so something you can actually touch!)

Let’s first take a look at the conjugation:

Ρωτάω

Ρωτάω    I ask a question
Ρωτάς     You ask a question
Ρωτάει    He/she asks a question
Ρωτάμε   We ask a question
Ρωτάτε    You ask a question  (the „you – plural form“, or the „you – polite form)
Ρωτάνε    They a question

 

Examples:
Ρωτάει αν θέλεις γάλα στο καφέ.
He/She asks if you want milk in your coffee.

H μητέρα σου ρωτάει πότε θα πάμε στην ταβέρνα.
Your mother asks when we will go to the tavern.

 

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Ζητάω

Ζητάω    I ask for something
Ζητάς     You ask for something
Ζητάει    He / She asks for something
Ζητάμε   We ask for something
Ζητάτε    You ask for something  ( (the „you – plural form“, or the „you – polite form))
Ζητάνε    They ask for something

Examples:

Ζητάω βοήθεια.
I ask for help.

Η κόρη μου ζητάει λεφτά για το θέατρο.
My daughter asks for money for the theatre.

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In the video below, teacher Marina explains how to use these verbs.

The video will also help you with the correct pronunciation.

 

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If you like grammar, here an extra grammar note:

 * ρωτάω και ζητάω, as well as all the verbs ending in -άω, can be also conjugated in a different way, less in use but equally correct.
Good to know, not necessary to use it.  If you are interested, just take a look!

ρωτάω or ρωτώ,                            ζητάω or ζητώ
ρωτάς,                                              ζητάς
ρωτάει or ρωτά,                            ζητάει or ζητά,
ρωτάμε or ρωτούμε,                    ζητάμε or ζητούμε
ρωτάτε,                                           ζητάτε
ρωτάνε or ρωτούν                        ζητάνε or ζητούν

 

If you are already more advanced, and you would like to repeat your tenses, then take a look below

‘ρωτάω’ and ‘ζητάω’: Tenses (Active Voice)

Present

ρωτάω

ζητάω

Past Continuous

ρωτούσα

ζητούσα

Past Simple

ρώτησα

ζήτησα

Future Simple

θα ρωτήσω

θα ζητήσω

Future Continuous

θα ρωτάω

θα ζητάω

Present Perfect

έχω ρωτήσει

έχω ζητήσει

Past Perfect

είχα ρωτήσει

είχα ζητήσει

Future Perfect

θα έχω ρωτήσει

θα έχω ζητήσει

 

QUIZ ! ‘Ρωτάω’ or ‘Ζητάω’?

Take the following quiz to find out if you still have doubts about these two verbs! Just choose the correct type! You can find the answer key below

 

1. Σήμερα το πρωί η δασκάλα ρώτησε/ζήτησε όλους τους μαθητές πώς τα πέρασαν το καλοκαίρι.

2. Χτες ο δάσκαλος μάς ρώτησε/ζήτησε να γράψουμε μία πρόταση στα ελληνικά.

3. Ο Νίκος ρώτησε/ζήτησε την Ελένη αν θέλει να βγει μαζί του το βράδυ.

4. Δεν έχουμε ιδέα πώς θα πάμε στο σπίτι του! Θα ρωτήσουμε/θα ζητήσουμε κάποιον περαστικό.

5. Συγνώμη! Μπορώ να ρωτήσω/ζητήσω μία ερώτηση;

6. Θα ήθελα να σου ρωτήσω/ζητήσω μία χάρη!

7. Μήπως έφερες τα βιβλία που σου είχα ρωτήσει/είχα ζητήσει;

8. Σε έχω ρωτήσει/έχω ζητήσει τόσες φορές πού μπορώ να βρω αυτά τα βιβλία. Απάντησέ μου!

 

 

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Now that you started learning Greek verbs in different tenses, it is the perfect time to proceed and start using more Greek verbs.
The eBook „71 Everyday Greek Verbs“ will help you to start communicating in Greek.

 

The answers of the quiz : 1. ρώτησε / 2. ζήτησε / 3. ρώτησε / 4. θα ρωτήσουμε / 5. ρωτήσω / 6. ζητήσω / 7. είχα ζητήσει / 8. έχω ρωτήσει

Were you thinking of traveling to Greece or participating in an Omilo Greek Langauge and Culture course this summer, but you did not due to the current situation related to the Covid19?
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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Every culture and language has a collection of wise sayings that gives advice about how to live your life. These are the so-called proverbs.
In Greek, they are called: οι παροιμίες.
Of course, when you start learning Greek, it is useful to start learning the Everyday Greek Wishes and very common Greek expressions first,
so you are welcome to click here and download our free eBook + English translation and Audio.

However, apart from the basic and daily vocabulary, it’s fun to know some common Greek proverbs because you will hear them frequently.
Learning Greek proverbs can also help you to understand more about the Greek culture or the way people think in Greece!
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Good news!  Καλά νέα! After several months of hard work, the Omilo teachers Konstantinos and Terpsi now completed the useful workbook for Beginners Levels in Greek.

This eBook is the companion workbook to the easy reader ‘Λυδία: Ένα καλοκαίρι στην Ελλάδα!‘ (Lydia: A summer in Greece!).
If you do not possess this Easy Reader + Audiobook yet, or would like to get more info, then Click Here.

The workbook is intended for those who have already purchased the easy reader and wish to get the most out of it, going beyond a simple reading (and listening) of the story!
It consists of 12 units, exactly like the easy reader ‘Λυδία: Ένα καλοκαίρι στην Ελλάδα!’

Each unit has 6 exercises:
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