Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Basic Greek Words & Greetings

It's fun to learn a few basic words of a new language. The Greek language is very different from English - written and spoken. Here's how you say the most basic of words, "yes" and "no" :

ne (neh)

ochi (oh-hee)

We tend to nod our heads when gesturing "yes", and shake our heads when gesturing "no". In Greece, gesturing "yes" is a slight downward nod. Gesturing "no" is an upward nod of the head.

The following video by Greek Pod 101 teaches how to greet others in Greece, whether in an informal situation (with friends and family) or a formal situation. Along with a hello, friends and family greet each other by kissing on both cheeks. 

hi, hello, goodbye
ya (yah)

good day, good morning, good afternoon
kalimera (kaa-lee-meh-rah)

You are now prepared to greet your friends and family in true Greek fashion.

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