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How did 2022 go so far?
We hope you are fine and still dreaming of speaking Greek fluently, or even better, visiting Greece while communicating with the locals!
The letter omikron did not leave us in peace yet, but no worries, as we also wrote three weeks ago, with our 2022 video wishes;
just take a break –  κάντε ένα διάλειμμα,
and enjoy the simple pleasures in life… και απολαύστε τις απλές χαρές της ζωής.

In the meantime, 2022 started with some sunny days here in Greece, as well as some snow as well…
Our daily walks in the Athens streets and parks continued, just like in 2020 and 2021. However, since now there is no corona curfew anymore and we are allowed to go further than our municipality, we can also go for daily trips towards the snowy mountains again…something which was not possible last winter.

In the meantime, the world news seems once again taken over by ‘corona’,  or “omikron”. The positive news; we are honored Greek letters are used for a pandemic :-), and the entire world gets the chance to learn the Greek alphabet. We realized many non-Greeks have no clue that the viruses are named after letters of the Greek alphabet, but fortunately, our dear students are very well aware 🙂 .

Do you remember the days you were learning the Greek alphabet? Do you remember how many Greek letters come before the omikron, and what is the difference between omikron and omega?
In 2021 we already heard of the “alpha” (referring to the “British” variant), the “beta” ( “South African” variant), the “gamma”( the Brazilian variant), and the  “delta” (the “Indian” variant).
But how did we get to “omikron”, and why 10 letters of the alphabet are left out?

If you also want to learn more about this Greek Alphabet Virus Mystery, then click here!

(If you are interested to learn the Greek Alphabet online, with your very first sentences, then click here)

Staying at home is still very important given the COVID-19 circumstances but it doesn’t have to feel dull. This is why we would like to introduce you to a funny and upbeat Greek song about – what else? – staying at home and relaxing!
#menoumespiti – #westayathome

 

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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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Thessaloniki, or often called “Salonika”, is the second largest city in Greece, after Athens. As we have written already many times about Athens, it is now time to introduce you to some secrets of Thessaloniki!

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Did you ever experience Greek Orthodox Easter? In Greece, Easter is the most important celebration of the year, with many traditions and special food.
In this article you will read about the traditions that are followed in every region of Greece..
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Athens is a city where the combination of the rich history, the warm southern mentality and the struggle during the crisis, have shaped a place full of diversity, creativity, and character.
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Clean Monday is an important day for Greeks. We celebrate the end of the Carnival and the beginning of fasting which leads to Easter (forty days later). The name comes from the adjective “katharos”=clean. This day is also called “Koulouma”.
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Since 2005 Omilo welcomes every summer many students from all over the world on the island of Syros. Our students have three things in common: they love Greek culture, they want to learn the Greek language and they want to explore the “real Greece”. For that reason, we chose to move our school to the island of Syros  during the months of July, August and September.
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