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What does it mean to have a Greek mother or a Greek mother-in-law? In the video below you might get an idea 😊
Listen to which Greek expressions she uses, and learn the everyday Greek language!
(on the cup you see on the photo above, it writes:
When you say to your mother « I am going out », she understands/hears:  « I am going to an orgy, with drinks, drugs and without a jacket!)

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Music definitely plays a very important role in the life of Greeks. In joy and sorrow, Greeks sing. And the truth is that they have the opportunity to choose among several categories of songs, in order to express every time their feelings: there are plenty of folk songs, rebetika, laika, entexna (the Greek word ‘τέχνη’ means ‘art’, so ‘entexna’ is a category of songs with more sophisticated music and lyrics) as well as rock and pop listenings.

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January 2013 : A new ‘‘baby‘‘ was born within the Omilo team: ‘Φύγαμε για ελληνικά!’ Off we go to learn Greek, a Greek Language book for the intermediate level, + CD
April 2019 : The book was re-published, 2nd edition, + CD or MP3 Audio link

The proud parents are the Omilo teachers and authors Marina Braila, Konstantinos Oikonomou and Dora Stoimenidou (*).

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In Greece, there is a nice tradition of baking the “vasilopita”, a special cake for the New Year, to start things off right! When cutting the cake into slices on New Year’s Day, Greeks will name each slice as they cut it, after everyone in the family and friends. Usually, also a coin is hidden in the bottom of the cake. Whoever is lucky enough to get the coin in their slice is considered especially blessed in the coming year! So maybe a nice Greek tradition to also try it with your family and friends back home?

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When I decided to move to Greece with my Greek partner, now more than 25 years ago, I was looking forward to putting all my knowledge of Greek words and grammar into practice! My desire to speak Greek fluently and to be able to communicate with Greeks would finally become reality!
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Let’s go for a coffee! Πάμε για καφέ! Drinking coffee is a vital part of the Greek culture. It is not just about drinking “a coffee”, a whole ritual goes with it. Coffee breaks in Greece are serious affairs and last long! When a Greek tells you: “Let’s go for a coffee”, make sure you don’t have any plans for the next few hours.
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