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#10 [Greek/German] Good old times..


It was time to finish this Erasmus, this course and the time in Tampere. Today we didn’t set any plan what to talk about. We just started and said what we were thinking.


We had a lot good experiences in this Erasmus. Starting with the Rauhaniemi Sauna in January. It was the first time we went to a Sauna and then jumped into the frozen lake, such an awesome time. Then we went to our first Ice Hockey match, which was Tappara against Ilves and Tappara won. From this day on we were huge fans and even bought some fan-merch. We participated in some activities from ESN, for example downhill sledging and bubble football. In general, January was the month when Eva and me became friends and decided to do each one teach one together. I learned a lot greek expressions in this month because 5 of my best friends were from Greece.


In February, we did our first trip together. We went on a cruise to Stockholm and back, all of this in one weekend. We continued talking about our personal life back home and the culture of our countries. We never posted anything about this because it seemed too informal for this project, so we met for official meetings.


On our second trip together to a cottage, I taught Eva how to play the guitar and she told me some card games. We went on a 3 hour hike through the Finnish nature and told each other how warm it is in our home countries, while it was snowing on our walk. I learned that Greece can get up to 40 degrees in summer and March was the month when I decided for sure to go to Greece in summer – even though I just got the information about the 40 degrees.


April started with random cats in a café and we found out how much we both loved animals. I myself have a cat back home and it seemed that Eva will get a dog from one of her friends when she comes back home. We spent Easter together and I saw all my Greek friends going to the church on this day, and even though I am not religious at all, I liked the idea of getting together in this way. My friends came to visit me this weekend and we did a roadtrip together to Turku and Helsinki. We had lots of fun and Eva told me and my friends some stories from back home while we were cooking something traditional together. Just kidding – we made pasta and afterwards an additional pizza. In the end of this month, we experienced the opening of särkäniemi park with hundreds of drunk students. In my opinion, riding rollercoasters together bonds you even more, because you have such extreme emotions during the ride.


Then the last and saddest month of all came – May. It started with a Finnish tradition, the Vappu. And while sitting on the grass and watching Finnish students getting dipped into the river, we talked about traditions from our home countries and the different festivals and events we have. In the end we experienced Tampere to the fullest. We went to an abandoned factory, walked through Pispala and had – what I would call – a super Sunday. We started with kayaking on one of the lakes in Tampere, then did a Sauna in Kaupinoja and to finish the day, we did a bonfire near the lake and stayed there until the sun rose again.

We experienced so much together and talked about a lot, that we can’t post here on this blog because it would take too much time. In general it can be said that this Erasmus is an awesome experience and changes you a lot as a person. First you learn so much about different cultures and you just see the persons and the nationality doesn’t matter, because all the people experience the same awesome stuff. Then you learn so many new words – mostly just insults, but sometimes even handy stuff – and your English improves a lot. But most important, you get so many new friends from all over the world and you now have the possibility to visit so many different countries and be sure to always have someone to rely on wherever you go.

Even though, this meeting today was not an official one and we just talked about experiences, I learned a lot. But now is the moment to say goodbye. No, that’s wrong. The right expression is: See you!


#9 [Greek/German] Movie night!

Geia su!

Today we decided to have a relaxing meeting. We met at home and started my Netflix account – no product placement – and looked for an interesting movie. As we are both Disney fans and haven’t seen this one, we started watching MOANA.

To describe it shortly – it is a computer animated movie and is described as a mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the south pacific. The film follows the journey of a spirited teenager named Moana as she embarks on a quest across the Pacific Ocean to save her people.


Sometimes who we wish we were, what we wish we could do, is just not meant to be…
~Sina from Moana the movie


Out of pure joy, we decided to watch it in Greek with German subtitles. And luckily, we understood the movie! It was an interesting experience, to hear it in a language I can’t really understand, but see the text and being able to understand it.

In general the movie is a lot about family and it is also the first Disney princess (after Frozen) to not just wanting to find her prince in the end and live happily ever after. Even though the story is not really realistic, the idea is finally something new and people get to see, that there is more purpose in live than just finding a partner and die together. As I said, the movie states family as the most important part and Moana tries to save her friends and family, so after watching it, we drifted apart and talked about our families.

Eva told me about her big family with over 40 people and how often they gather together and meet. I found it very nice but I can see a big difference to my family. Usually we just see everyone if there is something big happening, a birthday, Christmas or Easter. Then the whole family meets, but it seems that Greek people meet the whole family in a big event once per month and eat a lot. It’s an awesome tradition and shows how different the cultures are, when it comes to family. For my opinion, most of the southern countries have a way deeper bond to their relatives and see family as the priority number one. I don’t want to say, it’s not like this in Germany. It is just different how we deal with this topic. We usually try to get independent very early from our parents and start building up our own family with children and wife/husband, while it seems that southern countries try to stay with their parents as long as they have the chance for it.

This all are just assumptions, I don’t have any proof for it. I talked to a lot of people during my Erasmus in Finland and that’s the picture I got from it.

Anyway, I think we all agree that Family and Friends are the most important things in our live and we should always appreciate them and be thankful for having them in our lives!

Keep updated and Greetings,

#8 [Greek/German] Home sweet Home

HEY and Geia su!

We were strolling around Tampere today and talking about that we really like that it is not too big and not too small. But it is still modern and has much nature. In our time here, we really started appreciating this city, even though I didn’t like it in the beginning at all. But maybe it’s just because of the bad weather in January. Now that it’s spring, the sun comes out and Tampere shows it’s best sides. We were for example seeing the most beautiful sunsets here.


As we were getting melancholic, we started to talk about our homes. I told Eva the history of the Oktoberfest, the famous beer festival in Munich every year and also about some crazy king we once had. For my opinion, her story was way more interesting. It was about the Gods of the Greek mythology.


The twelve gods of Olympus were the most famous and powerful gods in Greek mythology. They were known to live at mountain Olympus and drinking divine wine, while they were observing people from above. Every god had a symbol:


Zeus (Δίας) overthrew his Father Cronus and then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the gods. He is lord of the sky, and the rain. His weapon is a thunderbolt, which he hurls at those who displease him. He is married to Hera but is famous for his many affairs. He is also known as the god that punishes those that lie or break oaths.

Hera  (Ήρα) is Zeus wife and sister. The Titans Ocean and Tethys raised her. She is the protector of marriage and takes special care of married women. Hera’s marriage was founded in strife with Zeus and continued in strife. Zeus courted her unsuccessfully. Then he changed himself into dishevelled cuckoo. Hera feeling sorry for the bird held it to her breast to warm it. Zeus then transformed in his normal form and took advantage of the opportunity he gained, and raped her. Then she married him to cover her shame. Zeus was being particularly overbearing to the other gods and Hera convinced them to join in a revolt. Her part in the revolt was to drug Zeus, and when she managed that, the gods bound the sleeping Zeus to a couch, noticing to tie many knots. After that, they began to quarrel over the next step. Briareus overheard the arguments, full of gratitude to Zeus, Briareus slipped in and try to untie the knots. Zeus sprang from the couch and grabbed up his thunderbolt. The gods fell to their knees begging and pleading for mercy. Then Zeus seized Hera and hung her from the sky with gold chains. She wept in pain all night but none of the others dared to interfere. Her weeping kept Zeus up and the next morning he agreed to release her if she would swear never to rebel again. She didn’t have a choice, so she agreed. Since she couldn’t rebel again, she often intrigued against Zeus’s plans and she was often able to outwit him. Most stories concerning Hera have to do with her revenge for Zeus’s infidelities. Her sacred animals are the cow and the peacock. Her favourite city is Argos.

Poseidon (Ποσειδώνας) is the brother of Zeus. After the overthrow of their Father Cronus he drew lots with Zeus and Hades, another brother, to share the power of the world. His prize was to become lord of the sea. He was widely worshipped by seamen. He married Amphitrite, a granddaughter of the Titan Oceanus. He desired Demeter, who asked him to make the most beautiful animal that the world had ever seen, just to put him off. So, Poseidon created the first horse. In some accounts, his first attempts were unsuccessful, he created a variety of animals in his quest and then created the first horse. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth, and shatter any object. He is the most powerful Olympian god, after Zeus.

Hades (Άδης) is the brother of Zeus. After the overthrow of their Father Cronus he drew lots with Zeus and Poseidon, another brother, to share the power of the world. He had the worst draw and was made lord of the underworld, ruling over the dead. He is a greedy god who is greatly concerned with increasing his subjects. He is exceedingly disinclined to allow any of his subjects leave. He is also the god of wealth, due to the precious metals that mined from the earth. He has a helmet that makes him invisible and he rarely leaves the underworld. He is unpitying and terrible, but not capricious. His wife is Persephone whom Hades abducted. He is the King of the dead but, death itself is another god, Thanatos.

Hestia (Εστία) is Zeus sister. She is a virgin goddess. She does not have a distinct personality. She plays no part in myths. She is the Goddess of the Hearth, the symbol of the house around which a newborn child is carried before it is received into the family. Each city had a public hearth sacred to Hestia, where the fire was never allowed to go out.

Athena (Αθηνά) is the daughter of Zeus. She is fierce and brave in battle but only fights to protect the state and home from outside enemies. She is the goddess of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture. She has invented the bridle, which permits man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She is the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She is Zeus’s favourite child and she is allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her favourite city is Athens. Her tree is the olive and the owl is her bird. She is a virgin goddess.

Ares (Άρης) is the son of Zeus and Hera. Both parents disliked him. He is the god of war and he is considered murderous and bloodstained but, also a coward. When he was caught in an act of adultery with Aphrodite, her husband Hephaestus publicly ridiculed him. His bird is the vulture. His animal is the dog.

Apollo (Απόλλωνας) is the son of Zeus and Leto. His twin sister is Artemis. He is the god of music, playing a golden lyre, of light and truth, who can not tell a lie. One of Apollo’s more important daily tasks is to harness his chariot with four horses and drive the sun across the sky. He is famous for his oracle at Delphi and people use to travel to it from all over the Greek world to divine the future. His tree is the laurel, his bird is the crow and his animal is the dolphin.

Aphrodite  (Αφροδίτη) is the goddess of love, desire and beauty. In addition to her natural gifts she has a magical girdle that compels anyone she wishes to desire her. There are two accounts of her birth. One says she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. The other goes back to when Cronus castrated Uranus and tossed his severed genitals into the sea. Aphrodite then arose from the sea foam on a giant scallop and walked to shore in Cyprus. She is the wife of Hephaestus. The myrtle is her tree, the dove, the swan, and the sparrow are her birds.

Hermes (Ερμής) is the son of Zeus and Maia. He is Zeus’s messenger. He is the fastest of the gods. He wears winged sandals, a winged hat, and carries a magic wand. He is the god of thieves and commerce. He is the guide for the dead to go to the underworld. He invented the lyre, the pipes, the musical scale, astronomy, weights and measures, boxing, gymnastics, and the care of olive trees.

Artemis   (Άρτεμις) is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Her twin brother is Apollo. She is the lady of the wild things. She is the huntsman of the gods. She is the protector of the young. Like Apollo she hunts with silver arrows. She is a virgin goddess, and the goddess of chastity. She also presides over childbirth, which may seem odd for a virgin, but goes back to cause Leto no pain when she was born. She became associated with Hecate. The cypress is her tree. All wild animals are scared to her and especially the deer.

Hephaestus (Ήφαιστος) is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god who is physically ugly and lame. Accounts as how he became lame vary. Some say that Hera, upset by having an ugly child, flung him from Mount Olympus into the sea, breaking his legs. Others that he took Hera’s side in an argument with Zeus and Zeus flung him off Mount Olympus. He is the god of fire and the forge. He is the smith and armourer of the gods. He uses a volcano as his forge. He is the patron god of both smiths and weavers. He is kind and peace loving. His wife is Aphrodite. Sometimes his wife is identified as Aglaia.


Long story short – it’s very impressing to talk about the Greek culture and what they believed in, even though some things might not be true. But it’s a beautiful way to talk about history. For me it is more interesting than any religion existing.

Keep updated and Greetings,

#7 [Greek/German] Eurovision time!

Hallo and Geia su!

Today, Eurovision in Ukraine took place and we and some other students gathered together to watch it. It is a funny experience and the first time, I’m watching it with international people! I didn’t even knew this year’s song from Germany and I didn’t really liked it when hearing it either. After our win couple of years ago, the songs just get worse and worse and it isn’t even big announced in Germany. So I just sat there and enjoyed the show of the other countries.

In general I really don’t like Eurovision. For my opinion, countries just give their neighbours or friends the highest amount of points and most of the songs are not even in the native language. The best example is Greece and Cyprus. Eva told me they give each other the 12 points every year again and there was one year where they didn’t and that was the time of a big crisis.

Both Eva and me didn’t liked the song of Portugal that much, even though it was the winner. There was just no big performance and it was also nothing special for us. But maybe that’s exactly the reason. It was something unexpected and heartwarming.


After the contest we were talking about earlier songs of our countries and translated them for each other. Here is the Greek song from 2013:

Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free (Greece)  2013 

Μας βρήκε η τρικυμία μέσα στην Εγνατία
Mas vrike i trikymia mesa stin Egnatia
(The heavy sea found us (when we were passing) through Via Egnatia)
– Egnatia is a big road in Thessaloniki

Μποφόρια μας τραβάνε στα ανοιχτά
Boforia mas travane sta anoichta
(Beaufort forces take us on the open sea)

Σα λάθος να ‘ναι η ρότα, ποιος παίζει με τα φώτα;
Sa lathos na ‘nai i rota, poios paizei me ta fota?
(The course might be a little wrong, who is playing with the lights?)

Κι η πλώρη μας τραβάει για Γρεβενά
Ki i plori mas travaei gia Grevena
(And the (ship’s) fore is heading towards Grevena)
– Grevena is a city in Greece


Σε μια θάλασσα ουίσκι
Se mia thalassa ouiski
(In a sea of whisky)

Ναυαγοί και ποιος μας βρίσκει
Navagoi kai poios mas vriskei
((we ‘re) castaways and who can find us)

Και ζαλίζεται τρεκλίζει, όλη η γη
Kai zalizetai treglizei, oli gi
(And the whole earth gets dizzy, staggers)


Με κεφάλι σουρωτήρι
Me kefali sourotiri
((Someone) with his head like a strainer)

Και τ’ αμάξι τρεχαντήρι
Kai t’ amaxi trechantiri
(And the car like a fishing boat)

Ποιος του έβαλε πηδάλιο και πανί;
Poios tou evale pidalio kai pani?
(Who has put it wheel and sail?)


Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol is free (x3)

Alcohol is free, alcohol is free


Κύμα και λυσσομανάει
Kyma kai lyssomanaei
((There’s) wave and it’s raging)

Κι η γοργόνα να ρωτάει
Ki i gorgona na rotaei
(And the mermaid is asking)

Μα ο Αλέκος τα ‘χει πιει, καλή κυρά
Ma o Alekos ta ‘chei piei, kali kyra
(But Alekos is drunk, fair lady) – Alekos is a Greek name


Μεσοπέλαγα φανάρι
Mesopelaga fanari
((There’s a) traffic light in the midlle of the sea)

Ρε μας πήρανε χαμπάρι
Re mas pirane champari
(Dude, we were found out)

Ποιος το πήγε το σπιτάκι μου μακριά, μακριά
Poios to pige to spitaki mou makria, makria?
(Who took my little house far away, far away?)


Μας βρήκε η τρικυμία μέσα στην Εγνατία
Mas vrike i trikymia mesa stin Egnatia
(The heavy sea found us (when we were passing) through Via Egnatia)

Μποφόρια μας τραβάνε στα ανοιχτά
Boforia mas travane sta anoichta
(Beaufort forces take us on the open sea)

Σα λάθος να ‘ναι η ρότα, ποιος παίζει με τα φώτα;
Sa lathos na ‘nai i rota, poios paizei me ta fota?
(The course might be a little wrong, who is playing with the lights?)

Κι η πλώρη μας τραβάει για Γρεβενά
Ki i plori mas travaei gia Grevena
(And the (ship’s) fore is heading towards Grevena)


Μας βρήκε η τρικυμία μέσα στην Εγνατία
Mas vrike i trikymia mesa stin Egnatia
(The heavy sea found us (when we were passing) through Via Egnatia)

Μποφόρια μας τραβάνε στα ανοιχτά
Boforia mas travane sta anoichta
(Beaufort forces take us on the open sea)

Σα λάθος να ‘ναι η ρότα, ποιος παίζει με τα φώτα;
Sa lathos na ‘nai i rota, poios paizei me ta fota?
(The course might be a little wrong, who is playing with the lights?)

Κι η πλώρη μας τραβάει για Γρεβενά 
Ki i plori mas travaei gia Grevena
(And the (ship’s) fore is heading towards Grevena)


Δε μας φταίγαν τα ουισκάκια  
De mas ‘ftaigan ta ouiskakia
(The whisky is not to blame)

Μπόμπα ήταν τα παγάκια  
Bompa itan ta pagakia
(The ice cubes were bombs) – Greeks say that an alcoholic beverage is a ‘’bomb’’ when they want to say it was really bad quality. Here it used as a joke, that the ice cubes were bad quality, not the alcohol

Και το σκάφος έχει ρόδες, τελικά
Kai to skafos echei rodes, telika
(Even the boat eventually has wheels)


Αλκοτέστ και τροχονόμος
Alkotest kai trochonomos
(Alcotest and traffic cop)

Δεν είναι για μας τρόμος  
Den epnai gpa mas o dromos
(The road wasn’t made for us)

Κατηφόρα μες στη θάλασσα, αρχινά 
Katifora mes sti thalassa, archina
(A downhill is starting in the sea)


Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol is free (x3)

Alcohol is free, alcohol is free


It is always funny to see what the different countries prepare for the eurovision, even though the text doesn’t seem to make sense sometimes!

Keep updated and Greetings,

#6 [Greek/German] Cats and Insults.

Hey and Geia su!

WOHOO! We went to the cat café today! Because everyone needs a bit of love sometimes and cats are absolutely the best animals to get this from (not really…). After sitting down and ordering some very expensive coffee, it was time to feed the animals and Eva and me were involved in this.


We had an absolutely amazing time and even learned something from it, for example those vocabularies:

Cat – Γάτα (gata)

Café – Καφετερία   (Kafeteria)

Dog – Σκύλος (skilos)

Tea – Τσάι (tsai)

Sugar – Ζάχαρη (zaxari)

Coffee – Καφές (kafes)

Glass – Ποτήρι (potiri)

Water – Νερό (nero)


And as we were sitting in a café, we also decided to talk about phrases and how to behave in a restaurant.


Hello, one coffee/tea please!

Γεια σας, έναν καφέ/τσάι παρακαλώ!
(geia sas enan kafe/tsai parakalo)


The bill please!

Τον λογαριασμό παρακαλώ!
(ton logariasmo parakalw)


Can I have the card/menu?

Μπορώ να έχω το μενού, παρακαλώ;
(mporo na exo to menu parakalo)


Can I have one glass of water please?

Μπορώ να έχω ένα ποτήρι νερό, παρακαλώ;
(mporo na exo ena potiri nero parakalo)


We were there with a German friend of mine and another friend of Eva and at some point, me and my friend started talking about typical phrases in the German language, because one of them involves a cat. It is called “Die Katze aus dem Sack lassen” and means something like “let the cat out of the bag” which stands for relieving a secret. Eva then told me some of her funny phrases.

Κύλισε ο ντέντζερης και βρήκε το καπάκι
(kilise o ntetzeris kai brike to kapaki)

Greeks say that when they want to say that someone is made for another. Not only romanticly, but also for good friends etc. Literally translated it means the pot rolled and found its lid.


Τα μεταξωτά βρακιά θέλουν και επιδέξιους κώλους
(ta metaksota brakia theloun kai metaksotous kolous)

Greeks say that if they want to say that something doesn’t fit to someone because it is above his level. We use it either literally or ironicaly, if we want to say that someone has huge expectations from himself or he becomes cocky. Literally translated it means that silk underwear are made for high demand butts.


Όσα δεν φτάνει η αλεπού τα κάνει κρεμαστάρια
(osa den ftanei I alepu ta kanei kremastaria)

Greeks say that when they want to say that someone is jealous of something just because he is not able to do that and it appears to make the situation like it doesn’t matter or it’s not a big deal. Literally translated it means anything that the fox cannot reach, it makes them hooks (sth useless)


Άσε μας κουκλίτσα μου
(ase mas koyklitsa mou)

Mostly young people use this one, since is one of the newest saying we have. We use it when we want sb to leave us alone and stop talking or to show discomfort. Literally translated it means leave me alone dolly.


We also talked about insults very short, but I guess it’s not worth mentioning here.
So keep updated and


#5 [Greek/German] And school continues…

Geia su!

After our last meeting with the Alphabet, we decided to continue in this school – style – lessons. So today’s topic are Numbers! Eva had German before and knew some numbers already, but she still had some problems with pronunciation. In Germany, we also have kind of a weird system when it comes to numbers. We say “one and twenty” instead of “twenty one”. But I guess every system is better than the French one, where they say for 99 something like “four times twenty plus nineteen”

1 ένα (ena)

2 δύο (dio)

3 τρία (tria)

4 τέσσερα (tessera)

5 πέντε (pente)

6 έξι (eksi)

7 εφτά (efta)

8 οχτώ or οκτώ (oxto or okto)

9 εννιά (enia)

10 δέκα (deka)

11 έντεκα (enteka)

12 δώδεκα (dwdeka)

13 δεκα-τρία (dekatria)

14 δεκα-τέσσερα (dekatessera)

20 είκοσι (ikosi)

21 εισκοσι-ένα (ikosiena)

30 τριάντα (trianta)

40 σαράντα (saranta)

50 πενήντα (peninta)

58 πενήντα οχτώ (penintaoxtw)

60 εξήντα (eksinta)

70 εβδομήντα (ebdominta)

80 ογδόντα (ogdonta)

90 ενενήντα (eneninta)

100 εκατό (ekato)

135 εκατόν τριάντα πέντε (ekaton trianta pente)

1000 χίλια (hilia)

1264 χίλια διακόσια εξήντα τέσσερα (xilia diakosia eksinta tessera)

In comparison to that, the Greek number system seems totally easy! Well, finally something that is…
Keep updated!


#4 [Greek/German] Back to Elementary school

Geia su and Hello!

Todays meeting lead us to Pella’s Café for a brunch.

The goal of today was quite ambitious, but we had some stuff, we had to talk about before we learn other stuff from our cultures. Today’s lesson was about the Alphabet! As some people might know, there is a slight difference between our alphabet and the greek one. Let me show it to you, this is the normal one:


And now comes the Greek one:


Eva already knew the normal alphabet, so I just introduced her to some differences in the German language. For example: Ä Ö Ü or SCH and SP, which is always very hard to pronounce for people who are not used to it. But here is one example, where the small dots can be crucial!

⇓                              ⇓
Traditional          Someone who
German Music      punches people

The letters in the Greek alphabet also have names. A is alpha and Ω is omega. The most interesting thing I learned today is the fact, that Greece had such a big impact on society and science. The small Greek letters for example are used in mathematics. I start being more impressed, every new lesson again.

But because the Greek language is not hard enough, they also decided to do some dipthongs:

αι which is pronounced like ε
οι,ει which is pronounced like η,ι,υ
ευ which is pronounced like ev or ef

And as we were inspired by elementary school for today’s lesson, we started making the learning easier and just wrote one animal for each letter down. Here is Eva’s version for me:

A – Άλογο (horse)

Β – Βουβάλι (Buffalo)

Γ – Γάτα (cat)

Δ – Δελφίνι (dolphin)

Ε – Ελέφαντας (elephant)

Ζ – Ζουζούνι (bug)

Η – Ημίονος (μουλάρι) (donkey)

Θ – Θαλάσσιος Ελέφαντας (sea lion)

Ι – Ιπποπόταμος (sea horse)

Κ – Κατσαρίδα (cockroach)

Λ – Λαγός (rabbit)

Μ – Μέλισσα (bee)

Ν – Νυχτερίδα (bat)

Ξ – Ξιφίας (swordfish)

Ο – Οχιά (viper)

Π – Παπαγλος (parrot)

Ρ – Ροφός (grouper)

Σ – Σκύλος (dog)

Τ – Τρωκτικό (rodent)

Υ – Ύαινα (Hyena)

Φ – Φώκια (seal)

Χ – Χταπόδι (octopus)

Ψ – Ψάρι (fish)

Ω – Ώτος (μπούφος) (a type of owl)


I really like the Greek language, when spoken, but today showed me that it might be harder to learn than I thought!

Keep updated and  ta leme!

#3 [Greek/German] Education System

Geia su! Ti kaneis?

Today was a beautiful day and we went to the Pyynikki tower to drink some hot chocolate or tea and talk about the education systems of Greece and Germany.

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The first thing I realized was how complicated the German school system is in comparison to the Greek one. After the elementary school we have 3 different options and only with one of them you can go to university, but you can still make another school to get you’re a-level and then you can go to university. Well, sounds cruel and it actually is.


But here is something way nicer, the Greek school system:

Kindergarden – 2 years (until 6)

Elementary school – 6 years

Middle school – 3 years

Highschool – 3 years
⇓                    ⇓
Technical or General
(5 exams)     (8 exams)

As in Germany there are 2 different types of universities and you can just join the harder one with the harder school (general). Eva told me also that when the government changed, they changed the school system and usually even get new books.

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Then we just drifted apart and talked about different languages. For example our friends from Cyprus are talking Greek too, but Eva said, it’s a weird kind of Greek and they have some differences. In the beginning she didn’t even understand them when she met them for the first time.

Here an example:

I love you


Agapo se

Those are just slight differences, it can be compared to Germany and Austria. We generally understand each other, but it also depends on the region where you are from. I for example live in Bavaria and the accent is very similar to the Austrian one.

It keeps beeing interesting – keep updated!

#2 [Greek/German] Put prejudices aside!

Geia su!

Today’s meeting was very spontaneous because I have been in Germany to visit my friends and celebrate my birthday. We were talking about typical food the last time and Eva prepared more than me on our international dinner and since we couldn’t meet this week, I decided to bring Eva a gift from Germany! Because she had been there before, she knew Milka already, that’s why she was very glad and happy that I brought her this gift.

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⇑German beer and typical German chocolate

As I mentioned in my last blogpost I wanted to learn something about the political situation today because Germany and Greece have a very critical relationship and I thought it would be very interesting to hear the opinion about this from a local. It felt like we were talking for hours, which is also very resonable, as it is a very big topic, so I will just sum up the most important parts.

In general, it showed me something that I knew before: never just believe one side of the story. Media nowadays is usually just telling either the bad or the good things, in this case German media always talks about how bad Greece is for our economy and people are annoyed that our government supports them. Greek people see it like that: when Germany suffered and Greece supported them, they didn’t care about the debt, but right now, Germany is insisting on the payback, even though Greece is suffering so much.

For my opinion, it is very important to talk to a Greek person if you really want to understand the whole situation. This Greek-German talk gave me so much more information than the media did for me in the past years. Also everybody should still be aware of the big sufferings that are still out there in the world. We can really appreciate the life we all are living, because even nowadays there are people starving and even worse.

But for now, it’s enough for the sad thoughts! Let’s see where this journey leads too.
~Ta leme!



#1 [Greek/German] International Dinner

Hello, I am Selina from Munich, Germany and participating at this course to learn some basics of Greek. Some people might now ask themselves – “Is she crazy? She wants to learn Greek, why?”. The answer to this question is quite simple.
In my exchange time here in Tampere I got to know some new people that I consider as some of my best friends now and they are all from Greece or speek Greek.
Everytime I talked to them, I got more and more interested in the culture, language and the country. So my friend Eva and me decided to do this course together.

For our first meeting, we wanted to start with our favourite activity – FOOD.
Everyone of us prepared some traditional food specialities, but there was one problem about Eva’s Greek part – I am vegeterian.
That’s the first thing I learned this evening, the greek cuisine doesn’t work without meat. But we could figure out some alternatives:

PITA                                                          TZATZIKI  
Potatoes                                                  Cucumber
Feta (+Oregano, Oil)                            Garlic
Chicken/Vegetarian option              Salt
Tomato                                                     Vinegar
Zuchhini                                                   Olive Oil
Paprika                                                     Yoghurt

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The next thing I learned is the fact, that the Greek cuisine is full of spices, especially garlic. For my personal opinion we don’t have this in my home country, but this differs a lot in the various parts of Germany.

After this, we talked about useful phrases for everydays life:

  • Hello – geia su (γεια σου)
  • Goodbye – antio (αντίο)
  • Thank you – efcharisto (ευχαριστώ)
  • Yes – nai (ναί)
  • No – ochi (όχι)
  • How are you? – Ti kaneis (τη κανείς)
    Fine, you? – kala eimai esy (καλά είμαι εσύ)


We also listened to some typical music from Greece during our meal and I have to admit that it is catchy and very different to traditional German music, that’s why we then decided to make an extra meeting for music and dance traditions.
The evening was full of gaining new personal knowledge and after this lesson I am looking forward to learn more about cultural topics. For the next session I hope to find out more about the country itself because I think there are a lot of prejudices about Greece in the German press and I want to delete those from my mind.

Although Eva already knew some vocabulary I was able to teach her some other things, she didn’t knew before.

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⇑ The recipe to my German dessert can be found on Eva’s Blog!

(Due to some problems, Eva and me couldn’t upload any posts, nevertheless we continued our meetings and decided to add our posts later to the blog.)