Writing on a blog means reaching out, sharing with a community the same love, the same μεράκι.
It’s not about keeping all that you know for yourself; on the contrary, it’s about sharing it freely with the people who know the same love, who get the passion for all the beautiful things a language and a culture represent.
So, for one more year, I feel grateful and happy for being able to share with you this blog.
Below, you’ll find the 5 most loved articles of 2018.
These are articles about expressions and everyday phrases, about finding smart ways to focus and improve your speaking, about common grammar errors you might be making as you speak, while the conversation keeps going.
This list couldn’t include some newer articles that didn’t have the chance to be read as much. You might also find you have a different preference.
But I think this “tradition” is a nice way to remember some of the more “technical” aspects of language (such as the ever confusing Simple and Future tenses, most particularly, the Future Tense) or to find new inspiration and smart ways to spruce up your speaking with the use of a very simple tool you already have with you.
Let’s add some suspense and start the other way round, with the number 5:
This article is not about more course books. Or more activities.
If you crave to communicate with locals and feel good about it - but you often stumble after every other word, then keep reading.
You wouldn’t find the “fast, fun and easy” magic recipe for that in this article.
When I wrote it, I was simply eager to share with you an extremely simple way to start speaking, get feedback (even when you learn on your own!) and learn all this new vocabulary to use in actual conversations.
Sounds like magic, but it’s much simpler than that - no wands involved! Read about it here.
This blog post was written after I made the same error for the millionth time (in English). I guess I secretly wished someone had written something similar for me.
You don’t have to be a beginner in Greek; the examples will help you avoid these very common errors you probably make again and again.
In fact, more advanced students make these errors too, especially in long phrases with more complex vocabulary and meaning.
And because you know I love explanations as opposed to “recipes”, you’ll also find why they are said this way and why it matters. Click here to read it.
Hmm. The verb γίνομαι.
Yes, we use this verb a lot.
And yes it causes tons of trouble because it doesn’t translate the same in other languages (if it does translate the same in your language, though, let me know, this will be fascinating to know and discuss).
Why should you care to get it right?
Apart from the obvious vocabulary related reasons, it will help you understand what the other person means when they use this verb in a number of different occasions.
You will also add some handy expressions in your speaking that make you sound more natural and avoid awkward silences. Find the article here.
This blog post is a long list, divided in several “themes” to help you use some of the most common phrases Greeks say in various situations.
I had lots of fun writing it!
You’ll also read about how to learn and use these phrases (hint: memorizing the whole list is definitely not included).
And here we are to number 1.
This was the first post of 2018 and I do like it a lot.
Why? Because it felt good to untangle this thread of a grammar tense that appears to be causing so much trouble to learners.
Go ahead and learn or revise here the subtle or not so subtle differences between Simple and Future Continuous and then use them right away to say out loud your resolutions (or plans and projects) for the new year. Better, share them with me or in our small and friendly Facebook community!
A last note before the end of the year:
I’d like to thank you for coming along to this Greek language journey during the past year (and before that, if you happen to be reading the blog for quite a while).
I always appreciate your support and I thank you for sharing the love for the Greek language.
I wish you Καλές Γιορτές or a Happy Break and a wonderful New Year ahead.