Learning greek weather, colours, sizes, point of view

This is quite interesting if you like to look at origins and roots of words. For instance you have dendrology which is the study of trees. Now here is the my big fact greek wedding bit, tree comes from the Greek dendro, and logias means the study of . Same with paleontology. Paleo means old and combined with logias you get the study of old things. This even extends to anemometer which is a device that measures wind speed. This comes from anemo meaning wind and there are lots of words in greek that are similiar like wind (o animos), air (uairas), breeze (to araki) which makes sense. Gale (e feela) is slightly different as is hurricane (atwophoneus).Tornado (airotofelo) is like wind and then more which is to be expected.

As you can tell from the weather (kaipos) slant I’m English (anglika) and this is our national obsession. We don’t like talking about feelings or other people’s business so we describe the weather around us in great detail. After all there is only so many times you can say hello (yiassus), how are you (te canis), good (kala). Weather helps to expand the conversation as it’s so varied and even in the Greek summer (kalokairi ) you can talk about the wind as I previously went into great detail, sun, (oelas) and amount of sunshine (e lekada), clouds (to sinifoe), temperature ( ) whether it’s cold or hot, (krio or zesty), humidity (eraseea) or the possibility of a storm (katayeda) with rain (vroxi), hail (to hailazie) or sleet (xiolinero).

In the mountains (vouno ) of Greece (ellas) in the winter ( himonas) time you could even get fog (yomeekly), ice (pagos), frost (pagni) or even snow (xioli). But you might say the weather was good (kalos), average (metrios), OK (endaxi) or bad (kakos) depending on your perspective.

Discussions during the day (mera) focus on blue (bleh) sky (ouranios ) clouds and sun, while during the night (nita) on the moon (feggari ) and stars (asteri ).

You can even have the degree, big (megala), small (mikro), little (ligo), medium/average (metrio), many/very, (poli).

You can even bring colours into the conversation and talk about the ground ( ) looking silver (asinme), white (aspro/lefko), grey/gray (gri), brown (cafe) or black (mavro). The Saharan red rain (kokkino vroxi?) that they sometimes get in the spring (anoixe ) is also a good talking point. Or you could remark that the plants are looking very green (poli brasino) after some rain or even that the flowers (loulandi) have opened ( ) up after being closed (klepto? ) for so long ( ). If your lucky you will even get a rainbow (ouranio toxo ) In the autumn (fternino? ) . Sunsets can be described as yellow (kitrino), orange (portokali), pink (roze) and possibly even purple (mauve), if you get a really good one (Poli kala ena?) However a big, black, rain cloud is not megala mavro vroxi sinnefo as far as I know [as that would just be too easy].

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