Greek Listening Comprehension – C2 | Greek Listening

This Greek listening comprehension exercise is for beginners. You will listen to three audio files in modern Greek and then you will be requested to answer a few questions. Be aware that, in order to make this exercise a bit more challenging, the last two audio files will only play once.  

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Greek listening exercise example for advanced speakers (C2).

Greek Listening Comprehension – B2 | Greek Listening

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Καλημέρα. Good morning. This Greek listening comprehension exercise is for intermediate speakers. You will listen to three audio files in modern Greek. Then you will be requested to answer a few questions.

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15 Minutes Greek Conversation Practice | Greek Dialogues with Background Noise

This Greek conversation exercise is meant to help you memorize basic Greek phrases -usually in question-and-answer format – that can be used in conversations with native Greek speakers. By listening to these Greek dialogues, you will be able to respond fast and in a natural way whenever you engage in conversations in your target language.

It is recommended to pay close attention to the tone of the voice. Why is that important? Because the Greek language is culturally a high context language. The way you say something is as important as what you say.

Keep in mind that you will be provided with captions with the Greek dialogues. Feel free to pause, take notes, and write down any unknown words that you can search later.

Helpful Greek Vocabulary

  • (το) μανάβικο= (the) greengrocer, (the) grocery store that sells only fruits and vegetables
  • (τα) πεθερικά= (the) inlaws
  • (το) τραπέζι= (the) table, (the) invitation for dinner (metaph.)
  • πλημμυρίζω= to flood
  • (η) διαρροή= (the) leak
  • θυροκολλώ= to attach a note to the front door
  • (η) πολυκατοικία= (the) building with multiple flats
  • (τα) κοινόχρηστα= (the) building fees, (the) shared costs
  • (το) εισιτήριο μετ’ επιστροφής= (the) ticket with a return date
  • (το) ΚΤΕΛ= KTEL (the Greek public intercity bus)
  • (το) λεωφορείο= (the) bus
  • (οι) αποσκευές= (the) baggage
  • (το) ραντεβού= (the) date, (the) appointment
  • (η) καθυστέρηση= (the) delay
  • απολογούμαι= to apologize
  • (η) συνέντευξη= (the) interview
  • (το) βιογραφικό= (the) resume
  • (η) εμπειρία= (the) experience
  • (οι) δεξιότητες= (the) qualifications

Greek Conversation Practice with Greek Dialogues (All Levels A1-C2)

Dialogue 1 | Διάλογος 1ος

«Στο Μανάβικο της Γειτονιάς» | “At the Neighborhood’s Greengrocer”

-Καλημέρα κυρία Γεωργία!

-Καλημέρα Ελένη! Πώς κι από δω;

-Έχω τραπέζι απόψε. Έρχονται τα πεθερικά μου επίσκεψη.

-Α, τι καλό θα τους φτιάξεις;

-Θα φτιάξω παστίτσιο και θα το συνοδέψω με διάφορες σαλάτες. Οπότε βάλε μου αν μπορείς μισό κιλό ρόκα.

-Έχω φρεσκότατη!

-Βάλε και δύο κατσαρά μαρούλια και μετά πιάσε και 4-5 ντομάτες. Να είναι ζουμερές. Και δύο αγγούρια.

-Να, ορίστε. Τα καλύτερα σου έβαλα για τα πεθερικά!

-Α, να μην το ξεχάσω! Βάλε και δυο λεμόνια.

-Αυτά;

-Ναι, ναι.

-Όλα μαζί κάνουν 4,20€.

-Ορίστε.

-Πάρε την απόδειξη και πέρνα αύριο να μου πεις αν πέτυχε το παστίτσιο.

-Εντάξει κυρία Γεωργία! Αν δεν πετύχει, έχω έτοιμα λαζάνια στην κατάψυξη!    

Dialogue 2 | Διάλογος 2ος

«Συνομιλία με τον Γείτονα» | “A Conversation with the Neighbor”

-Γεια σου Χρήστο.

-Γεια σου Λεωνίδα, πώς και γύρισες τόσο νωρίς από την δουλειά;

-Πλημμύρισαν τα γραφεία μας και θα δουλέψω από το σπίτι σήμερα.

-Α! Έσπασε σωλήνας;

-Ναι, εξετάζουν τώρα από που έγινε η διαρροή.

-Να σε ρωτήσω πριν φύγεις, άκουγες κι εσύ δυνατή μουσική χθες το βράδυ;

-Ναι, δεν μπορούσα να κλείσω μάτι μέχρι τις 2 τα ξημερώματα. Νομίζω ότι έκαναν πάρτι στον τέταρτο όροφο.

-Α, θα είναι οι καινούργιοι ένοικοι μάλλον. Είναι φοιτητές και θα έχουμε φασαρία απ’ ό,τι φαίνεται.

-Να θυροκολλήσουμε μια ανακοίνωση εκ μέρους όλων των ενοίκων με τους κανόνες της πολυκατοικίας.

-Θα πάω τώρα αμέσως να την ετοιμάσω. Α, και όποτε μπορείς φέρε μου τα κοινόχρηστα.

-Ναι, συγγνώμη, είχα κάποια απρόοπτα έξοδα. Θα φέρω τα κοινόχρηστα αύριο το πρωί. Καλό μεσημέρι!

Dialogue 3 | Διάλογος 3ος

«Αγορά Εισιτηρίου» | “Ticket Purchase

-Γεια σας, θα ήθελα δύο εισιτήρια με επιστροφή για Βόλο.

-Για σήμερα;

-Ναι, με το επόμενο ΚΤΕΛ αν γίνεται.

-Δυστυχώς, το επόμενο ΚΤΕΛ φεύγει σε πέντε (5) λεπτά και είναι πλήρες. Αν θέλετε, μπορώ να σας κλείσω μια θέση με το μεθεπόμενο.

-Τι ώρα φεύγει το μεθεπόμενο λεωφορείο;

-Φεύγει στις δύο (2) το μεσημέρι.

-Σε μία ώρα δηλαδή. Εντάξει, κλείστε μου μια θέση.

-Μάλιστα. Πότε θέλετε να επιστρέψετε;

-Με το πρωινό λεωφορείο της Κυριακής.

-Το πρώτο πρωινό λεωφορείο φεύγει στις 8 π.μ. και το δεύτερο στις 11 π.μ. – ποιο προτιμάτε;

-Το πρώτο, αυτό που αναχωρεί στις 8 το πρωί.  

-Μάλιστα. Τα εισιτήρια κοστίζουν μαζί σαράντα (40) ευρώ. Εάν είστε κάτοχος φοιτητικής κάρτας, έχετε 50% έκπτωση.

-Δυστυχώς, έχω αποφοιτήσει εδώ και αρκετά χρόνια. Ορίστε!

-Εδώ είναι το εισιτήριό σας. Το ΚΤΕΛ αναχωρεί από την πλατφόρμα εννιά (9). Αν έχετε αποσκευές, θα πρέπει να είστε εκεί ένα τέταρτο νωρίτερα. Καλό σας ταξίδι!

-Ευχαριστώ πολύ! Καλή συνέχεια!

Dialogue 4 | Διάλογος 4ος

«Πρώτο Ραντεβού» | “First Date

-Άννα, καλησπέρα! Είμαι ο Δημήτρης.

-Γεια σου Δημήτρη. Κάθισε.

-Συγγνώμη για την μικρή καθυστέρηση. Δεν μπορούσα να βρω χώρο στάθμευσης.

-Ναι, έχει πολύ κίνηση στο κέντρο αυτές τις ώρες. Γι’ αυτό προτίμησα να έρθω με το μετρό. Δεν υπάρχει λόγος να απολογείσαι.

-Έχεις ήδη παραγγείλει;

-Όχι, πριν λίγο έφτασα. Τι θα ήθελες να πιούμε;

-Μπορούμε να μοιραστούμε ένα μπουκάλι κρασί. Τι θα έλεγες;

-Καλή ιδέα. Εγώ προτιμώ το λευκό.

-Κι εγώ το ίδιο. Για πες μου τώρα, πώς ήταν η μέρα σου.

-Η μέρα μου είχε λίγη πίεση, λόγω δουλειάς. Όμως είναι Παρασκευή… εσένα πώς ήταν η μέρα σου;

-Ήμουν ενθουσιασμένος που θα σε έβλεπα. Θα ήθελα να σε γνωρίσω καλύτερα. Ποια είναι τα ενδιαφέροντά σου Άννα;

-Μου αρέσει να γυμνάζομαι και να ταξιδεύω… (χτυπάει το τηλέφωνο) μισό λεπτό Δημήτρη. (σηκώνει το τηλέφωνο) Ναι, έλα Σοφία μου. Τι; Είναι σοβαρό; Έρχομαι αμέσως!

-Όλα καλά;

-Η φίλη μου η Σοφία είχε ένα μικρό ατύχημα… συγγνώμη θα πρέπει να φύγω…

Dialogue 5 | Διάλογος 5ος

«Συνέντευξη για Δουλειά» | “Job Interview

-Κύριε Παπαδάκη καθίστε. Σας καλέσαμε γιατί βρήκαμε το βιογραφικό σας αρκετά ενδιαφέρον. Έχετε τις βασικές γνώσεις και τα προσόντα. Θα θέλαμε όμως να μάθουμε περισσότερα πράγματα για εσάς.

-Κυρία Ανδρεάδη, βεβαίως, ευχαριστώ πολύ για την πρόσκληση.

-Θα αρχίσω με την εξής ερώτηση: τι σας έκανε να υποβάλετε αίτηση για την συγκεκριμένη θέση;

-Η εταιρεία σας είναι κορυφαία στον χώρο της Επικοινωνίας. Επομένως, μόλις είδα ότι αναζητείτε κάποιο άτομο με τις δεξιότητες τις οποίες έχω, υπέβαλα αμέσως την αίτησή μου.

-Ωστόσο εργάζεστε ήδη εδώ και έναν χρόνο σε μια άλλη εταιρεία Επικοινωνίας. Τι σας έκανε να θέλετε να αλλάξετε εργασιακό περιβάλλον;

-Έχω μάθει αρκετά όλο αυτόν τον χρόνο και είμαι ευγνώμων για την ευκαιρία που μου δόθηκε. Όμως, η θέση μου δεν μου επιτρέπει να εξελιχθώ επαγγελματικά και να ανελιχθώ στον χώρο της Επικοινωνίας.

-Τι σας ξεχωρίζει πιστεύετε από άλλους υποψήφιους;

-Το γεγονός ότι έχω εργασιακή εμπειρία από μικρή ηλικία και πριν καν ολοκληρώσω τις σπουδές μου. Επίσης, πέρα από τις πανεπιστημιακές μου σπουδές στην Επικοινωνία, έχω κάνει και μαθήματα γραφιστικής.

-Ευχαριστούμε πολύ για τις απαντήσεις σας. Τώρα μπορείτε να μας πείτε…

Ok, now stick around for some extra practice. Let’s see whether you were able to comprehend the Greek dialogues. You can rewatch the video as many times as you need and search for unknown words. Let’s try to answer the following questions.

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Questions (Answers in Bold):

  • In the first dialogue, what were the plans of the customer?
  • she was invited out for dinner b) she would have her parents over for dinner c) she would have her in-laws over for dinner
  • In the second dialogue, what kept the neighbors up at night?
  • a flood b) a student party in the building c) financial troubles
  • In the third dialogue, at what time is the traveler departing for Volos?
  • at 2pm b) at 8am c) at 11am
  • In the fourth dialogue, why was the date cut shortly?
  • the man had to go to work b) a friend of the woman had an accident c) the waiter asked them to leave
  • In the last dialogue, which is the applicant’s field of work?
  • Communications b) Logistics c) Graphic Design

You can find all the answers at Helinika.com – the link will be at the description. As I mentioned earlier, non-verbal cues are very important when communicating with Greek speakers. You can learn more about the cultural aspects of the Greek language in Helinika’s video and article dedicated to the Greek culture.

No More “Ναι” or “Όχι”. Upgrade Your Greek with These Synonyms

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“Yes” (Ναι) and “No” (Όχι) are standard answers in all languages. But, as you progress in your language journey, it is time to move forward and start using synonyms to express negation and affirmation. Usually, conversations between beginners in Greek are as follows:

-«Πεινάς;» (are you hungry?)

-«Ναι.» (yes.)

-«Κατάλαβες;» (was it clear to you?)

-«Όχι.» (no.)

Here are some words and phrases that will upgrade your Greek vocabulary in minutes. These will help you express affirmation and negation in Greek.

Greek Synonyms of “Yes” and “No” | No More “Ναι”/”Όχι”

  1. Βεβαίως – Sure
  2. Φυσικά – Of course
  3. Αποκλείεται – No way
  4. Αμέ – Yep
  5. Τς/ τσου – (disapproval sound, informal no)
  6. Άπαπα – Oh no/ Νο way
  7. Μάλιστα – Sure/ Indeed
  8. Οκέι (οκ) – Okay (ok)
  9. Σίγουρα – For sure
  10. Σαφώς – Definitely/ Clearly
  11. Προφανώς – Obviously
  12. Εννοείται – Of course/ It goes without saying
  13. Οπωσδήποτε – Definitely
  14. Ούτε καν – No way/ Never/ Not at all
  15. Ούτε να το σκέφτεσαι – Don’t even think about it
  16. Δεν παίζει – No way (slang)
  17. Με την καμία – No way (slang)
  18. Σε καμία περίπτωση – No way

Let’s see some examples:

«Διάβασες;» (Have you studied?)

«Φυσικά και διάβασα.» (Of course I’ve studied)

«Κρασί;» (Wine?)

«Βεβαίως…» (Sure…)

«Πάμε για ποτό;» (Shall we go out for a drink?)

«Αποκλείεται!» (No way!)

«Έχεις αναπτήρα;» (Do you have a lighter?)

«Τς…» (No…)

«Θέλεις γλυκό;» (Would you like some dessert?)

«Άπαπα, έχω σκάσει.» (No way, I’m full.)

«Γνωρίζεστε;» (Do you know each other?)

«Ούτε καν…» (Not at all…)

«Έχεις να μου δανείσεις πέντε ευρώ;» (Can you lend me five euros?)

«Με την καμία.» (No, no way.)

Well, these were some examples of words and phrases that express affirmation or negation in Greek that are not “yes” or “no”. If you found this video helpful, don’t forget to click subscribe; it’s free and you’ll discover many more free videos like this. You can always visit helinika.com and don’t forget to check the description for some helpful links. Till next time!

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How YOUR Country Sounds in Greek | Names of Countries in Greek

As you probably already know, the names of countries may be pronounced differently from language to language. In some cases, a country or nation may have multiple different names when translated into different languages. A great example of that is Greece. In Greek, Greece or Hellas is named “Ελλάδα” (η). The name “Greece” actually derives from the Latin “Graeci” – a term the Romans used to describe Greeks. Now, let’s see how the names of some countries sound in Greek.

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The Names of 80+ Countries in Greek | Greek Geography Vocabulary

  1. Αίγυπτος – Egypt
  2. Αιθιοπία – Ethiopia
  3. Αλβανία – Albania
  4. Αλγερία – Algeria
  5. Αργεντινή – Argentina
  6. Αρμενία – Armenia
  7. Αυστραλία – Australia
  8. Αυστρία – Austria
  9. Αφγανιστάν – Afghanistan
  10. Βενεζουέλα – Venezuela
  11. Βιετνάμ – Vietnam
  12. Βόρεια Κορέα – North Korea
  13. Βουλγαρία – Bulgaria
  14. Βραζιλία – Brazil
  15. Γαλλία – France
  16. Γερμανία – Germany
  17. Γουατεμάλα – Guatemala
  18. Γροιλανδία – Greenland
  19. Δανία – Denmark
  20. Δομινικανή Δημοκρατία – Dominical Republic
  21. Ελβετία – Switzerland
  22. Εσθονία – Estonia
  23. Ζάμπια – Zambia
  24. Ζιμπάμπουε – Zimbabwe
  25. Ηνωμένα Αραβικά Εμιράτα – United Arab Emirates
  26. Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες (της Αμερικής)/ ΗΠΑ – United States (of America)/ USA
  27. Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο/ Αγγλία – United Kingdom/ England
  28. Ιαπωνία – Japan
  29. Ινδία – India
  30. Ινδονησία – Indonesia
  31. Ιορδανία – Jordan
  32. Ιράκ – Iraq
  33. Ιράν – Iran
  34. Ιρλανδία – Ireland
  35. Ισημερινός – Ecuador
  36. Ισλανδία – Iceland
  37. Ισπανία – Spain
  38. Ισραήλ – Israel
  39. Ιταλία – Italy
  40. Καναδάς – Canada
  41. Κένυα – Kenya
  42. Κίνα – China
  43. Κολομβία – Colombia
  44. Κούβα – Cuba
  45. Κροατία – Croatia
  46. Κύπρος – Cyprus
  47. Λάος – Laos
  48. Λετονία – Latvia
  49. Λευκορωσία – Belarus
  50. Λίβανος – Lebanon
  51. Λιθουανία – Lithuania
  52. Λουξεμβούργο – Luxemburg
  53. Μαδαγασκάρη – Madagascar
  54. Μάλτα – Malta
  55. Μαρόκο – Morocco
  56. Μεξικό – Mexico
  57. Μολδαβία – Moldova
  58. Μονακό – Monaco
  59. Νέα Ζηλανδία – New Zealand
  60. Νιγηρία – Nigeria
  61. Νορβηγία – Norway
  62. Νότια Αφρική – South Africa
  63. Νότια Κορέα – South Korea
  64. Ολλανδία/ Κάτω Χώρες – Holland/ Netherlands
  65. Ουγγαρία – Hungary
  66. Ουκρανία – Ukraine
  67. Ουρουγουάη – Uruguay
  68. Περού – Peru
  69. Πολωνία – Poland
  70. Πορτογαλία – Portugal
  71. Ρουμανία – Romania
  72. Ρωσία – Russia
  73. Σερβία – Serbia
  74. Σκωτία – Scotland
  75. Σλοβακία – Slovakia
  76. Σλοβενία – Slovenia
  77. Σουηδία – Sweden
  78. Συρία – Syria
  79. Τζαμάικα – Jamaica
  80. Τσεχία – Czech Republic
  81. Φινλανδία – Finland

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Top 10 Monsters of Ancient Greek Mythology | #GreekMyths

Ancient Greek mythology is all about mighty gods and goddesses and brave heroes, such as Hercules and Odysseus. But the heroes’ adventures would be a walk in the park without the presence of the mythical beasts that challenged them on their journey. Here is Helinika’s list of the most vicious ancient Greek monsters.

Top 10 Monsters in Ancient Greek Myths | Greek Beasts

  1. Typhon & Echidna
  2. Chimera
  3. Lernaean Hydra
  4. Scylla and Charybdis
  5. Sirens
  6. Cyclops
  7. Colchian Dragon
  8. Minotaur
  9. Lamia & Empusa
  10. Cerberus

#10 Cerberus

If you have read the book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” or watched the movie with the same name, then you might remember “Fluffy”, the three-headed dog that guarded a secret trapdoor. This character was inspired by a mythical creature that guarded another entrance: the gate of Hades.

Cerberus was the multi-headed dog that prevented the dead and the living from exiting and entering the ancient Greek underworld. He was much more fearful than Fluffy; he had a serpent’s tail and multiple snake heads all over his body. The ancient Greek monster was the offspring of two other beasts we will see on this list. Cerberus was once captured by the legendary hero Heracles who needed to complete 12 labors.

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#9 Lamia & Empusa

You may remember Lamia and Empusa from Helinika’s video on ancient Greek vampires. They are both women who turned into monsters and started attacking humans for their flesh and blood. Lamia wanted vengeance for the killing of her children by goddess Hera.

Empusa, on the other hand, was sent by the chthonic goddess Hecate to scare or warn the living. She could shape-shift into different animals and, in her original form, she had multiple legs.

#8 Minotaur

Half-bull, half-human, the Minotaur was the mythical beast that resided in the… real labyrinth of Knossos in Crete. You may have heard of him from Helinika’s video on the story of the Athenian hero Theseus.

Every year, a group of young Athenian men and women were sacrificed in Crete to feed and appease the son of the queen of Knossos who had slept with a magical bull. Only Theseus was able to destroy this creature and end this awful custom.

#7 Colchian Dragon

Another myth we have seen on this channel is the Argonautica. Jason, prince of Iolcos, sails with a group of skilled seamen and his mythical boat, Argo, towards the kingdom of Colchis. His goal? To obtain the golden fleece and return to Iolcos as the rightful king. But the fleece of the winged ram Chrysomallos was guarded by a dragon, a giant serpent that resided in the sacred grove of Ares in the city of Colchis.

The Colchian dragon was terrifying, and, for some reason, it had three separate tongues. Even a hero such as Jason couldn’t fight such a beast. That’s why he asked a local witch, Medea, to use her potions to make the dragon unconscious. According to some variations of the myth, with the additional help of Orpheus music, the dragon was put to sleep and Jason escaped with the golden fleece and Medea. You can watch the entire story later in Helinika’s channel.

#6 Cyclops

In the Odyssey, the cunning king of Ithaca comes across various obstacles. During his homecoming trip, Odysseus and his crew make a stop at a beautiful island. But they soon realize that it is the home of gigantic one-eyed monsters – the Cyclops.

According to various myths, these creatures helped build the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae – which are still standing in the archaeological site with the same name. In Hesiod’s Theogony, they were the ones who created Zeus’ powerful weapon, the thunderbolt. Some of the Cyclops were the sons of Gaia and Uranus, others were the sons of Poseidon – including Polyphemus, the not-so-bright Cyclops that captured Odysseus and his crew members. You can learn more about them in Helinika’s playlist narrating the Odyssey.

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#5 Sirens

Odysseus, however, also witnessed another kind of deadly ancient Greek monster: the Sirens. The Sirens were encountered by several other Greek heroes, such as Jason. In ancient Greek myths, they were described as terrifying and definitely unattractive.

Half-birds, half-humans, they sang beautifully to attract seamen onto their rocky island. As soon as the humans approached them to listen to their hypnotic song, they attacked. In the Middle Ages, the legend of the Sirens survived but they were now portrayed as beautiful but evil mermaids.

#4 Scylla & Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis are two terrifying sea monsters that sat on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina, between Sicily and Calabria. Charybdis was a monster that resembled a giant whirlpool that consumed whole vessels in no time. Scylla was a six-headed serpentine sea creature that attacked the paddlers that passed near it.

Being stuck between Scylla and Charybdis is a disaster. No matter which direction the seamen choose, they will be at a loss. But, according to the Odyssey,  choosing to sail a bit closer to Scylla is the wise thing to do. Charybdis will sink the ship and the whole crew. Scylla, on the other hand, can only attack six members of the crew with her six heads. A sacrifice that needs to be made.

#3 Lernaean Hydra

The Lernaean Hydra is a mythical water monster that terrified the people of Argolid. Its lair was the nearby lake of Lerna, one of the entrances to Hades. Once again, the monster was described as a giant serpent with several heads. The worst part? It could regenerate itself. A local hero would cut off one of its heads and several more would grow.

The Hydra, which was the offspring of the monsters in the first position, was finally killed by Heracles; it was required to do so to complete his 12 labors. The Greek hero asked for the help of his nephew, Iolaus, to destroy the beast. They cut off its heads and used fire to burn down its neck.

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#2 Chimera

Chimera was a terrifying hybrid that terrorized a part of Asia Minor. It was a beast that was half-goat, half-lion, and half snake. It was also able to breathe fire. It goes as no surprise that it was the sibling of Hydra and other monsters we mentioned in this list.

The legendary Chimera was destroyed by a hero named Bellerophon who rode the flying horse Pegasus and attacked the beast from the sky. Today, its name is given to things that consist of parts that do not match.

#1 Typhon & Echidna

The father and mother of all monsters are no other than Typhon and Echidna – the most powerful and terrifying beasts in ancient Greek mythology. Typhon was the offspring of either Gaia and Tartarus or of Hera. The beast was a giant serpent-human hybrid that tried to overthrew Zeus but ended up buried underneath Mount Etna. The difference to all the other monsters is that it was not only easily provoked and deadly but also cunning. According to Hesiod, he could breathe fire and produce terrifying sounds. Typhon was lawless and outrageous and was able to destroy entire areas, just like a typhoon.

Echidna was the female partner of Typhon. The half-woman, half-snake creature lived alone in a cave and ate the flesh of humans. She despised both the gods and the humans. She preferred living alone in the darkness.

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Creative Greek Insults That Are Rather Funny Than Offensive

You may hear them in Greek movies and tv-series or even on the street. These Greek insults are not meant to be offensive – they are normally used in a playful way, just for laughs.

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Creative and Inoffensive Greek Insults

  • (ο) μπαγλαμάς – this small Greek musical instrument is often used to describe people that are… unimportant and useless.
  • (ο) κουραμπιές – this Christmas delicacy has been used as a funny insult. A Greek actress named Dimitra Matsouka once admitted calling a fellow driver she argued with “κουραμπιέ”. The phrase “ναι τον είπα κουραμπιέ” (yes, I called him kourabie) instantly became a meme.
  • (η) κουφαλίτσα – literally translated as “little tree hollow”, it is used to describe people who are deceptive and sneaky but, at the same time, they are not dangerous or evil. The term was popularized by a Greek tv-series.
  • (η) τσαπερδόνα – from the Italian “sopra donna”, this Greek word is used to describe women who are overly flirty. It is used in a playful way and it is not considered offensive. You should not mix it up with offensive slurs that refer to women’s sexuality.
  • (ο) μπουμπούνας – this Greek insult describes someone who is a bit stupid in a funny rather than an offensive way.
  • (o) γάιδαρος/ (η) γαϊδάρα – donkeys are beloved animals in Greece. However, they are considered stubborn, and they are therefore used to describe people who have this quality. At the same time, a “γάιδαρος” in Greek is also a taker who never gives to others or returns favors.
  • είναι στον κόσμο του/της – he/she is in his/her own cosmos (world). This phrase is used when someone is absent-minded and/or does not pay attention to non-verbal cues and does not “read” the room.
  • τρεις λαλούν και δυο χορεύουν – three (people) are singing and two are dancing. This creative insult is used during a conversation when someone says something that is unrelated to the subject or when someone has probably not understood what the other person talked about.

Did you know any of these words and phrases?

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