Aristotle


"There is only one way to avoid criticism: 
do nothing, say nothing, be nothing" 
Aristotle

Aristotle (Greek: Αριστοτέλης 384–322 BCE) 

was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. 

His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BCE). 

His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. 

Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great starting from 343 BCE.

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history ... [and] every scientist is in his debt."

Οι όμορφοι άνθρωποι


Reading Comprehension!

"Οι όμορφοι άνθρωποι"

Question

1) Ποιοι άνθρωποι είναι όμορφοι;;

Vocabulary

Το βλέμμα = the look 
Προσέχω = to notice
Σιωπώ = to be silent 
Φλυαρώ = to talk continuously
Τσαντίλα = anger, dander (slang)
Αξιοπρεπής = dignified
Παύω = to stop
Ποθώ = to desire

The 11-20 Number List!


Unfortunately, numbers are useful in everyday life. Prices, distances, addresses, telephone numbers. We need them. That's the 11-20 list. Enjoy!

Gournada - Christmas custom in Trikala, Central Greece



Greek Traditional Christmas custom in Trikala, Central Greece

25th of December, Gournada (γουρνάδα or γουρουνάδα - fem pig)

Happy New Year to everyone!


Καλή χρονιά σε όλους! Happy New Year to everyone! 

Think positive stay positive..

positive adjective /ˈpɑː.zə.t̬ɪv/
- full of hope and confidence, or giving cause for hope and confidence
- certain and without any doubt
- (of a number or amount) more than zero

Vasilopita (Greek: Βασιλόπιτα)


Vasilopita (Greek: Βασιλόπιτα)

is a New Year's Day bread or cake in Greece and many other areas in eastern Europe and the Balkans which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the receiver.
On New Year's Day families cut the vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. This is usually done at the midnight of New Year's Eve. A coin is hidden in the bread by slipping it into the dough before baking. At midnight the sign of the cross is etched with a knife across the cake.
A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present at the time, by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for various symbolic people or groups, depending on local and family tradition.
They may include the Lord, St. Basil and other saints, the poor, the household, or the Kallikantzaroi. In older times, the coin often was a valuable one, such as a gold sovereign. Nowadays there is often a prearranged gift, money, or otherwise, to be given to the coin recipient.

Παράξενη κοπέλα - Χιώτης - Νίνου - Βούλγαρης


Καλή Κυριακή...
Τι παράξενη κοπέλα είσαι εσύ
τι μεράκια έχεις και σε βασανίζουν;
Ώρα τώρα το έχεις ρίξει στο κρασί
και τα μάτια σου τα βλέπω να δακρύζουν.
Τι μυστήριο κορίτσι είσαι εσύ
μια σε βλέπω στα μεταξωτά ντυμένη,
μια σε βλέπω να τα πίνεις σαν τρελή
κι από ντύσιμο πολύ κακοφτιαγμένη.
Τι παράξενη κοπέλα είσαι εσύ
δεν μ’ αρέσει η ζωή αυτή που κάνεις.
Άσε πλέον τις ταβέρνες το κρασί,
σου το λέω πως στην ψάθα θα πεθάνεις.

"Idiots are unbeatable"


"Idiots are unbeatable" - "Οι ηλίθιοι είναι αήττητοι."
Ηλίας Πετρόπουλος

Καλό σαββατοκύριακο!


Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης - Χωρίς Αναπνοή (with translation in english)


Καλημέρα με ένα τραγούδι

Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης - Χωρίς Αναπνοή (with translation in english)

Πάνε ώρες που `χω εδώ
χωρίς αναπνοή
Σε ταυτόχρονο ρυθμό
δενόμαστε μαζί
Δυναμώνεις το σφυγμό
Στενεύει η επαφή
Θεέ μου όλα τα `χω δει....

Και αντίστροφα ο χρόνος μετράει
κι αγκαλιαζόμαστε κι ενώνουν τα χέρια
Σαν τρελή η καρδιά μου χτυπάει
κι εκτοξευόμαστε οι δυο μας στ’ αστέρια
Μα σε ταχύτητα όπως πάμε φωτός
Τα μάτια κλείνω και σφυχτά σε κρατάω
Και πριν προλάβει να εκραγεί ο ουρανός
Στ’ αποκορύφωμα του τέλους ξεσπάω.
Σ’ αγαπάω

Πανε ώρες που `πα εδώ τελειώνει η λογική
Κατι πέρα απ’ το μυαλό 
μου δίνει εντολή
Σ’ άλλη διάσταση θα μπω
θ’ αλλάξω εποχή
Αφου όλα τα `χω δει....

The best present!



The best present! A piece of paper and some words written by my student!

"Ο μέτριος δάσκαλος μιλάει. Ο καλός δάσκαλος εξηγεί. Ο εξαιρετικός δάσκαλος δείχνει. Ο μεγάλος δάσκαλος εμπνέει. 
Ευχαριστώ Θανάση! Γιατί είσαι αυτός που εμπνέει"

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Thank you Thanasis! Because you are the one who inspires”

Ακούς ;;


Malakas (Greek: μαλάκας)


Malakas (Greek: μαλάκας)

is a Greek slang word, whose literal equivalent in British English is wanker, but the usage of the term varies.

Common alternative meanings include asshole or jerk, and the contrasting dude, or mate, depending on the context.

It derives from the Greek word malakos (μαλακός), which means "soft" or "spoilt, well-used to luxuries of life".

It is one of the most frequent words picked up by tourists and travellers to Greece and is not unusual amongst the younger Greek 
diaspora, even when the level of Greek is low.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Γιάννη σ' αγαπάω κι ας είσαι μαλάκας - John I love you even if you are a malakas......

Loukoumas


Λουκουμάς

Loukoumas is a Greek fried pastry, similar to a doughnut.

Το ήξερες;

Loukoumades


Ποιος θα μας φτιάξει μερικούς;;
Loukoumades
(Greek: οι λουκουμάδες, singular ο λουκουμάς)

are a pastry made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame.
In Greece, loukoumades are commonly spiced with cinnamon in a honey syrup and can be sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar.

Πασχάλης & Olympians - Όταν πηγαίναμε μαζί σχολείο




Καλημέρα! There are 8 verbs in the Past Continuous hidden in this song... Can you find them? (If not, do not worry! Just enjoy the song!)

Worry bead - Το κομπολόι



Worry beads can be handled in many different ways.

"Quiet" method
The most common are a quiet method, for indoors, and a noisier method that is acceptable in public places. The most common quiet method is to start at one end of the thread or chain, near the shield, and to pull the thread forward using that hand's thumb and the side of the index finger until one of the beads is reached. Then the cord is tipped so that the bead falls and hits the shield. This is repeated until all the beads have been tipped and then the user starts over.

"Loud" method
The second, louder, method is to divide the beads into two groups. On one end is the shield and a small number of the beads. On the other end is the rest of the beads. Where the two threads are empty, that space is laid between the index and middle fingers. The hand should be in a position where the palm is facing the torso. Then the end behind the hand is swung up and forward so that it hits the other beads, making a noise.

The threads are then switched back into the space between the index and middle fingers by holding the threads between the thumb and the side of the index finger. This is repeated rhythmically, creating a louder clicking noise than the quiet method. Another method is to hold all of the worry beads in one hand and roll them against each other, creating soft clicking sounds.

It is also superstition in certain Greek communities that husbands-to-be, on their wedding night, will perform a "Worry bead ritual" involving rapid back and forth movement of all beads. This is meant to ensure sexual fulfilment (συνουσία, synousía), on the wedding night and during the following honeymoon period.

Το κομπολόι



Το κομπολόι

Worry beads or kombolói, kompoloi (Greek: κομπολόι, plural: κομπολόγια) is a string of beads manipulated with one or two hands and used to pass time in Greek and Cypriot culture. 

Unlike the similar prayer beads used in many religious traditions, including the Greek Orthodox komboskini, worry beads have no religious or ceremonial purpose.

Worry beads have several uses in Greek culture, including

relaxation, enjoyment, and generally passing the time
as an amulet, to guard against bad luck
used by people who wish to limit smoking

as a mark of power and social prestige. This is especially true in the case of expensive worry beads made of silver or amber.

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