Greek Input #5: Greek Animal Vocabulary Input | Comprehensible Input

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Welcome to another Greek input language learning video. Today, Helinika will teach you common Greek words that are related to animals. It goes without saying that these include animal names. Comprehensible input is a language learning method that helps you learn a language by listening and observing… just like a baby. For better results, this method should be used along with traditional language learning methods.

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Greek Animal Vocabulary Input | Animal Names in Greek

Ο Αλέξανδρος αγαπάει τα ζώα. Αγαπάει όλα τα ζώα – τα θηλαστικά, τα πτηνά, τα ψάρια… ακόμα και τα ερπετά. Άλλα ζώα γαβγίζουν, άλλα νιαουρίζουν, άλλα βρυχώνται, άλλα μουγκρίζουν. Ο Αλέξανδρος φροντίζει τα εξημερωμένα ζώα, όμως νοιάζεται και για την προστασία των άγριων ζώων.

Ο Αλέξανδρος έχει και το δικό του κατοικίδιο ζώο. Έχει έναν σκύλο. Έναν αρσενικό σκύλο. O σκύλος του Αλέξανδρου δεν είναι πλέον κουτάβι. Είναι τριών ετών. Ο σκύλος είναι ασπρόμαυρος και μεγαλόσωμος. Τον λένε Άρη. Είναι ένας ήσυχος και φιλικός σκύλος. Σπάνια γαβγίζει. Τρώει την σκυλοτροφή του μέσα σε δευτερόλεπτα – και λατρεύει τις λιχουδιές. Είναι λιχούδης. Ο Αλέξανδρος βγάζει βόλτα τον Άρη δύο φορές την ημέρα. Τον βγάζει βόλτα με το λουρί του. Ο Άρης είναι ο καλύτερος φίλος του Αλέξανδρου. Εξάλλου, ο σκύλος είναι ο καλύτερος φίλος του ανθρώπου.

Ο Αλέξανδρος φροντίζει και τις αδέσποτες γάτες της γειτονιάς του. Αφήνει νερό έξω από την πόρτα του. Καμιά φορά, ταΐζει τις γάτες με γατοτροφές. Η γειτονιά έχει πολλές αδέσποτες γάτες. Αρσενικές και θηλυκές γάτες. Οι γάτες σκαρφαλώνουν στις στέγες των σπιτιών και νιαουρίζουν.

Καμιά φορά, κυνηγάνε τα πουλιά που ψάχνουν για τροφή στον δρόμο ή κελαηδούν στα κλαδιά των δέντρων. Τα πουλιά είναι πτηνά. Τα πουλιά της πόλης είναι τα περιστέρια και τα σπουργίτια. Η γειτονιά του Αλέξανδρου είναι γεμάτη από περιστέρια και σπουργίτια. Άρα, είναι γεμάτη και από κουτσουλιές.

Ο Αλέξανδρος έχει σχέση με μια κοπέλα, την Ελπίδα. Η Ελπίδα αγαπάει τα ζώα. Έχει όμως αδυναμία στα άλογα. Η Ελπίδα κάνει ιππασία. Η ιππασία είναι το χόμπι της. Έχει το δικό της άλογο – ένα ολόμαυρο θηλυκό άλογο. Δηλαδή, μια φοράδα. Την έχει ονομάσει «Μαύρη Καλλονή». Η φοράδα είναι πανέμορφη. Το άλογο βρίσκεται σε ένα ράντζο με πολλά άλλα άλογα. Η Ελπίδα το επισκέπτεται, το φροντίζει, και ανεβαίνει πάνω του για να κάνει ιππασία.

Η Ελπίδα προέρχεται από μια αγροτική οικογένεια. Οι γονείς της ζουν σε ένα μεγάλο αγρόκτημα – δηλαδή σε μία φάρμα. Στο αγρόκτημα έχουν πολλά ζώα. Έχουν αγελάδες, κατσίκες, γουρούνια, κουνέλια, και ένα γαϊδουράκι. Στο αγρόκτημα θα βρει κανείς και ένα κοτέτσι. Στο κοτέτσι βρίσκονται τρεις κότες και ένας κόκορας. Ο κόκορας τους ξυπνάει κάθε πρωί. Κάθε πρωί έχουν και φρέσκα αβγά από τις κότες.

Η Ελπίδα έχει έναν μικρό αδελφό, τον Ανδρέα. Ο Ανδρέας είναι οχτώ ετών και λατρεύει τα άγρια ζώα. Τα ζώα που ζουν στα δάση, στις ζούγκλες, στις στέπες, και τις ερήμους. Άγρια ζώα είναι το λιοντάρι, η τίγρης, το φίδι, η αρκούδα, ο ιπποπόταμος, και ο ελέφαντας. Όμως άγρια ζώα είναι και το ελάφι, η καμηλοπάρδαλη, ο λαγός, και ο σκαντζόχοιρος. Τα άγρια ζώα δεν είναι επομένως πάντα επικίνδυνα για τον άνθρωπο.

Αυτό ήταν λοιπόν το ζωικό βασίλειο. Εσάς ποιο είναι το αγαπημένο σας ζώο; Έχετε κατοικίδιο;

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How to Pronounce the Greek Letters Like a Greek (Ββ, Γγ, Δδ, Θθ, Ρρ, Υυ..) | Greek Alphabet

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How to pronounce the Greek letters –the letters of the Greek alphabet– like a Greek. Although Alpha (Αα), Epsilon (Εε), and most Greek letters are easy to pronounce, there are a few that absolutely confuse most Greek language students. These Greek letters are Ββ, Γγ, Δδ, Θθ, Ρρ, Υυ. Students who learn Greek outside of Greece often pronounce these letters as if they read Latin scriptures. But why is that and how can someone overcome their pronunciation difficulties?

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Greek Input #1: Greek Easter Vocabulary | Comprehensive Input

Welcome to Helinika’s Greek language input series for understanding Greek in a natural way. The input method will improve your comprehension and expand your vocabulary. It is the way babies start learning how to speak. For this reason, we will be using slow Greek audio with images only.

Remember that this method is not enough for improving your grammar skills and syntax; it is recommended to find other resources at helinika.com and use them in combination with the input series.

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Greek Easter Vocabulary | Λεξιλόγιο για το Ελληνικό Πάσχα

Το Πάσχα είναι μια θρησκευτική γιορτή. Η γιορτή της Ανάστασης. Το ελληνικό Πάσχα διαφέρει από το Καθολικό Πάσχα. Στην Ελλάδα ακολουθούμε την παράδοση της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας. Επίσης το Πάσχα είναι μια κινητή γιορτή. Έχει διαφορετική ημερομηνία κάθε χρόνο.

 Το ελληνικό Πάσχα αρχίζει με την νηστεία. Νηστεία από το φαγητό, νηστεία και από την αμαρτία. Η νηστεία διαρκεί 40 ημέρες και 40 νύχτες. Το κρέας και τα ζωικά προϊόντα απαγορεύονται. Δεν συμμετέχουν όλοι στην νηστεία.

Η τελευταία εβδομάδα της νηστείας είναι η Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα. Η Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα είναι μια πένθιμη εβδομάδα. Τη Μεγάλη Παρασκευή τελείται η περιφορά του επιταφίου. Η περιφορά του επιταφίου είναι ένα θρησκευτικό έθιμο.

Το Μεγάλο Σάββατο, αργά το βράδυ, οι πιστοί προσέρχονται στην εκκλησία. Κρατούν λαμπάδες στα χέρια τους. Τα μεσάνυχτα, ανακοινώνεται η Ανάσταση του Ιησού. Οι πιστοί ανάβουν τις λαμπάδες τους με το Άγιο Φως.

«Χριστός Ανέστη», «Αληθώς Ανέστη».

Την Κυριακή του Πάσχα, φίλοι και συγγενείς συγκεντρώνονται στο σπίτι. Στο μπαλκόνι, στη βεράντα, ή στην αυλή. Την Κυριακή του Πάσχα οι Έλληνες σουβλίζουν αρνί και τσουγκρίζουν αβγά. Τα αβγά είναι βαμμένα κόκκινα.

Feel free to listen to this audio as many times as you want. See you on Wednesday with another video.

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Greek YouTube Channels to Immerse Yourself in The Language

There are different YouTube channels dedicated to the Greek language and culture, such as Helinika. Two examples are LinguaTree and EasyGreek. Here are some of the best Greek YouTube channels that are not targeted at Greek language learners. They are commentary, comedy, lifestyle, and other types of channels, which can help you immerse yourself in the language.

 If you are an absolute beginner, you might find it hard following their videos. But if you have a basic understanding of the Greek language, watching the content these channels produce will significantly improve your fluency.  

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Greek Comedy Channels

Most of the Greek comedy YouTube channels belong to actors and real comedians, rather than professional YouTubers. Here are Helinika’s recommendations:

Labros Fisfis

The comedian Labros Fisfis has a nerdy, self-deprecating sense of humor that can be enjoyed by an international audience. At the same time, you will learn about certain aspects of the Greek culture that even we, Greeks, make jokes about. It is recommended to watch his videos on Greek motherhood and Greece in general.

Giorgos Vagiatas

Giorgos Vagiatas is a personal favorite, since he is gifted with making everything sound funny. His sense of humor could also be described as nerdy and foreigners will also find many Greek “inside jokes” that will help them understand more about the Greek culture. Vagiatas is also uploading travel content from time to time and he is known for his “camper” traveling series here on YouTube.

Dionysis Atzarakis

Dionysis Atzarakis is a very talented actor, director and comedian, with a very sophisticated sense of humor. No loud noises, weird face expressions, or try-hard jokes. Just pure sarcasm and irony. His jokes might be harder to understand, since he adds many references to Greece’s pop culture and media.

Greek Scientific & Informative YouTube Channels

The Greek YouTube community includes many scientists and knowledgeable people.

Astronio

Astronio is a YouTube channel dedicated to the science of Astronomy. It explains complicated phenomena of the cosmos in an easy and understandable way. Behind the channel there is a real astronomer named Pavlos Kastanas, who is also a science lecturer at Mediterranean College. You can also find interviews of other scientists on this channel.

Kathimerini Physiki

 Kathimerini Physiki (Καθημερινή Φυσική) translates to “Daily Physics”. It is a Greek YouTube channel that explains scientific phenomena to a broad audience. The face of the presenter is not shown on screen.

The Skeptic Theory

A very interesting Greek YouTube channel is “The Skeptic Theory”, which covers a wide range of topics – from religion and conspiracy theories to human psychology, ethics, and logic. The face of the presenter is again not shown and viewers who are currently in the process of learning Greek will be able to expand their vocabulary.

Yannis Sarakatsanis

Yannis Sarakatsanis is a mathematician and actor here in Greece who uploads high quality content on YouTube. His videos on various philosophical matters are very well researched and he also gives great book recommendations.

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Greek Commentary Channels

Commentary channels can get controversial. Here are two commentary channels that belong to independent thinkers and do not necessarily fall under a specific political ideology.

Konstantina Adamaki

Konstantina Adamaki is a Journalism graduate who creates mostly commentary videos but also some satirical videos. By watching her videos, you will get an understanding of Greece’s current affairs. The YouTuber has been called a “leftist” and a “conservative” by commentators, since her opinions do not follow a specific political agenda.

Nefeli Meg

Nefeli Meg is a young lawyer who posts informative and entertaining content. She usually comments on Greece’s current affairs and, as a lawyer, she is able to present both sides of the story. It is as if she debates with herself, which requires a lot of research. Both native and non-native speakers should watch her videos, since they can improve their Greek vocabulary.

Greek Lifestyle Channels

There are several Greek lifestyle YouTube channels but here are the ones recommended by Helinika.

Evelina Nikoliza

Evelina Nikoliza is a singer and presenter who also shares parts of her life on YouTube. She has a great sense of humor and she has some of the most hilarious storytime videos. Greek language learners will easily follow her stories.

I Mikri Ollandeza

Danae Georganta is a half-Dutch – half-Greek YouTuber who is known as “I Mikri Ollandeza” (the little Dutch girl). She was one of the first people who made YouTube their career in Greece. Danae started with beauty and fashion videos but, at the moment, she mostly uploads vlog and lifestyle content.

By exploring these YouTube channels you will probably come across other Greek creators, whose content will be interesting to you. If you watch any of their videos, feel free to leave a comment, letting them know how you discovered them. Have a nice day and keep learning!

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