Greek Basics: Lesson 3
Do you remember how to say…
So let’s add to that.
Greek for because is γιατί, which also can mean why.
Notice how the second αυτή was left out. Remember that you could have also said Αυτή το θέλει γιατί δεν το έχει γιατί το έχω εγώ.
Greek is a “polite” language, which means that it has a different word for you depending on if you want to be formal or familiar.
The formal word for you in Greek is εσείς.
To form the εσείς-form of the verb, change the -ει or -εί ending from the αυτός-form to -ετε or -είτε.
You should also know that εσείς is used when speaking to more than one person, even if you want to be familiar with them. Simple, right?
Before we move onto the informal you, let’s do some review. Can you remember:
Try to say this one with the different word order that I have been mentioning.
Now, let’s learn the informal word for you.
You (informal) in Greece is εσύ. It sounds just like the plural form but without the ‘s’ sound at the end. You can think of this as because εσείς is also the plural of εσύ.
To form the εσύ-form of the verb, just add -ς to the αυτός-form of the verb.
Keep speaking informally. Try to use that “backwards” word order again.
Do you remember when I tricked you when I told to you to say we hear in Greek? Try not to get tricked by these ones.
We are going to learn just a couple more things.
Does, as in he does, in Greek is κάνει. This also means makes.
You might notice that in English it sounds weird to say I do it and might sound better to say I’m doing it. In Greek, you can only say I do it.
Bread in Greek is ψωμί.
For me in Greek is για μένα.
One last sentence.
Remember to drop the second εμείς.
Great job. See you in the lesson. :)
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