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A brief description

The podcasts present the activities in the lives of a group of young people - a parea, as they’re called in Greek. These friends live in Athens and go out for a cup of Greek coffee or for a meal in a taverna, go to the shops, to the cinema or the theater, stay home and watch TV or talk on the phone, and, in general, do everything that Greeks do every day. But it’s not just them that you will meet: Listen for the voice of Xenophon, a funny character, who follows them around, makes comments on what they say or do and helps you to understand better their actions.

The organization of the material is more or less the same for each podcast: First, you hear twice a dialogue or individual phrases. Then, you are asked to repeat parts of what you have heard. For further practice, you may be asked to choose the right answer to a question relating to the material presented (don’t worry; the correct answer is always given). Last, you are provided with cultural or communication tips that help you to understand better contemporary Greek reality.

Coming soon: If you want to check what you have learned, soon you will be able to take a very short, on-line quiz on the content of every five podcasts!

Meet the Podcasting parea

Xenophon

He’s the mystery but catalytic character of the series. Even though he’s not a member of the parea, he’s always with them to comment on their actions. Listen for him, during or after what the other characters say; apart from his funny remarks, he will guide you through each lesson, give you tips on Greek behavior and might even help you with answers to questions on what you hear.

In Greek, his name (Ξενοφών) derives from ancient Greek and means "foreign voice”.

His origins as well as place of residence are unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Dimitris

He’s a university student and comes from Thessaloniki, in N. Greece. He lives in a small house outside the center of Athens, near the University. In Greek, his name (Δημήτρης) derives from Dimitra, the ancient Greek goddess of agriculture, and means “he who comes from the earth”.

 

 

 

 

 

Maria

She works as a shop assistant in a clothes store and comes from Iraklion, a city in the island of Crete. She lives in the area of Dafni, close to the center of Athens.

Her Greek name (Μαρία) came into the Greek language with the spread of the New Testament.

 

 

 

 

Yiorgos

He works in a travel agency and comes from Athens. He lives downtown. In Greek, his name (Γιώργος) derives from ancient Greek and means “the one who works the land”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleni

She’s a nurse in a big hospital and lives in downtown Athens. In Greek, her name (Ελένη) derives from Eleni, the ancient Greek goddess of vegetation and fertility. Another Eleni was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, famous for her beauty; her abduction by Paris was the cause for the Trojan War.