Learn These Greek Tongue Twisters

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It’s true that tongue twisters can sound silly, but for those learning Greek, the can serve another purpose. Learning these tongue twisters can help you hone your Greek pronunciation. Reciting them is especially helpful if you’re fairly new at the Greek language, but it can also help those at any proficiency level. Here are some tongue twisters to recite, along with their translations:

  • Καλημέρα καμηλιέρη, καμηλιέρη καλημέρα. Kalimera kamilieri, kamilieri kalimera. Good morning camel driver, camel driver good morning.
  • Μια πάπια μα ποια πάπια; Μια πάπια με παπιά. Mia papia ma pia papia. Mia papia me papia. A duck but which duck? A duck with ducklings.
  • Ο παπάς ο παχύς έφαγε παχιά φακή. Γιατί παπά παχύ έφαγες παχιά φακή; O papias a pahnis efage paxia pafi. Yiati papa efages pahia faki. The fat priest ate thick lentils. Why, fat priest, did you eat thick lentils?
  • Φίλος έδωσε σε φίλο τριαντάφυλλο με φύλλο. Φίλε, φύλαγε το φύλλο, μην το δώσεις σε άλλο φίλο. Filos ethose se filo triandafilo me filo. File filage to filo, min thosees se allo filo. A friend gave to a friend a rose with a lief. Friend, keep the leaf, don’t give it to another friend.

Tongue twisters may look like nonsense phrases, but they do serve a purpose while learning a language. Besides helping to build vocabulary, tongue twisters can help improve pronunciation. Read through this list of tongue twisters a few times and try to same them faster each time you do. It can really help!

The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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