Because I can't really ever use audio while using Duolingo, could somebody describe in text the pronunciation differences between έιναι and ένα? Trying to conceptualize pronunciation in my head makes these both out to be very similar, especially when read fast, and this sentence sounds to me like the same word over and over again, lmao.
Yeah, older people did that, and in more rural areas they probably still do that as well... I guess it can be expected to see how sexism in a society is also reflected in the language (sorry to make it political, but basically that's what it is about). So basically yes, I've also heard that - a lot! - from my grandpa, and other old people from his village, "παιδί" calling only a boy, since the girls were considered inferior (somewhere between a human and an animal pretty much - cute uh?). I can't even recall how many times the question "How many children does she have?" was answered like "She has a child and two girls." (Like, seriously? wtf?) meaning of course a boy and two girls... Anyway, nowadays you won't hear something like that very often, and it's not considered politically correct.
Sorry for my ranting :( but this thing gets me every time...
Different forms of the same verb, like "is" and "am" in English.
Which one to use depends on the subject:
- εγώ είμαι (I am)
- εσύ είσαι (you are - one person)
- αυτός/αυτή/αυτό είναι (he/she/it is)
- εμείς είμαστε (we are)
- εσείς είστε (you are - several people, or polite form)
- αυτοί/αυτές/αυτά είναι (they are)
A boy is not always a child. Perhaps if he is eight or below, a child. Maybe below ten. But when he is thirteen, he is no longer a child, and yet he is still a young boy youth; and that is not right about "he is a child" or "a/the boy is a child" if he is thirteen, maybe twelve, or over.
Yes, when he is over, he is a young youth, but still called a boy; the olden days, people used to call their slaves, "my boy" though they were sometimes thirteen.
But that's still a motherly saying for a mother of a boy, "boys will be boys" or "a boy is a child".
JSNuttall good point, a boy may be a child regardless of whether a child is necessarily always a boy. My grandparents knew the κορίτσι is girl, but it may have just been a confusion because they're not lika always speaking greek or nothing like that. They are native english speakers and their greek is weak, but they have alot of vocabulary nonetheless and know various phrases.