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Basics of the Greek Language, Lesson 12: The Weather

Basics of the Greek Language, Lesson 12: The Weather

Growing up in Britain means we are all used to making small talk, particularly on the topic of the weather. Here, it’s normal to complain about the rain, the wind, the cold, the clouds, or sometimes even that it’s too hot. If weather is what you feel comfortable talking to people about, then go for it! In Greece, you might be forgiven for thinking it’s always beautifully sunny and the sky is always brilliantly blue. However, Greece, like the UK, has a great variety of weather conditions. In the winter, especially, you’ll find thunderstorms, rainstorms and snowstorms. The weather affects how we live our lives, say we were taking a boat somewhere, driving somewhere or using public transport, so knowing what the weather conditions are in Greek is certainly going to be a handy thing.

 

Day = μέρα “meh-ra”

Morning = πρωί “pro-ee”

Midday = το μεσημέρι “toh mesi-mer-i”

Afternoon/Evening = απόγευμα “apo-yev-ma”

Night = νύχτα “nich-ta”

Sunrise = ανατολή ηλίου “anatol-I il-i-ou”

Sunset = ηλιοβασίλεμα “iliovas-i-lema”

Sun = ήλιος “i-lios”

Sunny = ηλιόλουστος “ili-o-loustos”

Rain = βροχή “vro-hi”

Raining = βρέχει “vreh-hee”

Clouds = σύννεφα “si-nnefa”

Cloudy = νεφελώδης “nefe-lo-dis”

Thunder = βροντή “vron-ti”

Lightning = αστραπή “astra-pi”

Thunderstorm = καταιγίδα “katay-yi-da”

Rainstorm = νεροποντή “neropon-ti”

Hail = χαλάζι “chal-a-zi”

Hailstorm = χαλαζοθύελλα “chalazo-thi-ella”

Ice = πάγος “pa-ghos”

Icy = παγωμένος “pagho-meh-nos”

Hot = ζεστός “zest-os”

Cold = κρύο “kree-oh”

Chilly = ψυχρός “psi-chros”

Clear = αίθριος “ai-thrios”

Dry = ξηρός “kseer-ros”

Humid = υγρός “ee-ghros”

High humidity = υψηλή υγρασία “ipsi-li eeghra-sia”

Low humidity = χαμηλή υγρασία “chami-li eeghra-sia”

Winter = χειμώνας “hee-mo-nas”

Spring = άνοιξη “a-neeksi”

Summer = καλοκαίρι “kalo-care-ee”

Autumn = φθινόπωρο “fthin-o-poro”

North = βόρειος “vo-ray-os”

South = νότος “no-tos”

East = ανατολή “anatol-i”

West = δύση “di-si”

Wind = άνεμος “a-nemos”

Windy = θορυβώδης “thori-vo-dis”

Freezing = πάγωμα “pa-ghoma”

Gale = θύελλα “thi-ella”

Snow = χιόνι “chee-o-ni”

Snowstorm = χιονοθύελλα “chiono-thi-ella”

Snowing = χιονίζει “chio-nee-zay”

Snowy = χιονώδης “chion-i-dis”

High pressure = υψηλή πίεση “ipsil-i pi-esi”

Low pressure = χαμηλή πίεση “chami-li pi-esi”

Tornado = ανεμοστρόβιλος “anemos-tro-vilos”

Hurricane = τυφώνας “ti-fon-as”

Tsunami = τσουνάμι “tsou-na-mi”

Earthquake = σεισμός “sees-mos”

Drought = ξηρασία “kseera-sia”

Flood/Flooding = πλημμύρα “plimm-ira”

It’s…. degrees Celsius = είναι… βαθμούς Κελσίου “ee-nay… vath-mous kel-si-ou”

 

Mrs. Adonis and Mr. Venizelos meet at a bus stop, and talk about the weather.

Κυρία Άδωνις: Γεια σας κ Βενιζέλος. Κάνει ζέστη σήμερα!

Κύριε Βενιζέλος: Ναι, κυρία Άδωνις, είναι. Όμως, θα μπορούσε να βρέξει αργότερα. Είναι πολύ υγρασία.

Κυρία Άδωνις:  Ω, όχι! Ήταν ένα καλό καλοκαίρι.

Κύριε Βενιζέλος:  Έχει, αλλά είναι πολύ ξηρό, έτσι υπάρχει μια ξηρασία.

Κυρία Άδωνις:  Το ξέρω. Αλλά, θα βρέξει αργότερα!

Κύριε Βενιζέλος:  Ναι.

 

Don’t worry, there are a lot of confusing tenses and words you might not understand in that conversation. With a bit of luck, though, you’ll be aware they are talking about the summer’s weather! Here is the translated conversation.

 

Mrs. Adonis: Hello Mr. Venizelos. It is hot today!

Mr. Venizelos: Yes, Mrs. Adonis, it is. But, it will rain later. It is very humid.

Mrs. Adonis: Oh, no! It has been a good summer.

Mr. Venizelos: It has, but it is very dry, so there is a drought.

Mrs. Adonis: I know. But, it will rain later!

Mr. Venizelos: Yes.

 

Image from: http://www.apropertyingreece.com/Content/Popular-Areas-in-Greece.aspx

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