"Καλησπέρα! Τι κάνεις;"

Translation:Good evening! How are you?

October 29, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ungewitig_Wiht

Ησπέρα (Ēspéra) sounds like "vesper" which is an old word for "evening" ("vespero" is also the normal Esperanto word for evening) so I got this right!

Are they related?

October 29, 2016

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It's καλή + σπέρα, not καλ + ησπέρα. Though σπέρα isn't used alone nowadays as far as I know (replaced by βράδυ).

It's shortened from the Ancient Greek form εσπέρα, which had rough breathing (hespera).

EtymOnline says ( http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=vesper ) that the Latin word is indeed related to the Greek one.

October 30, 2016

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" εσπερινός" is the Greek word for "vespers', otherwise, it's not used in modern Greek.

October 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Phorusrhacidae

Is a semicolon the Greek equivalent of a question mark?

July 30, 2018

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Please read the thread started by Andres.Campe a year ago.

July 30, 2018

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is the ";" a question mark???

November 18, 2016

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That's right; that's what a Greek question mark looks like.

November 18, 2016

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Ευχαριστώ πολύ! I suppose it's easier than a Spanish question mark. At least you don't have to turn your keyboard upside down :)

December 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel_Umeh

It's impressive how you said thank you in Greek... Well done :)

September 19, 2017

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Thank you kindly guardian Angel :). My paternal grandfather was Greek, but because he struggled in South Africa without any English, he didn't want his children to learn Greek, saying that it wouldn't be of any use to them. I've picked up bits and pieces along the way, including becoming fairly familiar with the Greek alphabet.

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel_Umeh

Awww... You're welcome. ;)

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel_Umeh

@mizinamo More like, "That's right? that's what a Greek question mark looks like." :) ;)

September 19, 2017

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Can the first word translate to "good night" as well?

November 25, 2016

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As a farewell phrase, "good night!" is Καληνύχτα!.

November 26, 2016

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Hello! "Τι κάνεις;" is "what do/are you do/doing?". "How are You?" is " Πώς είσαι;". Bye!

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Dani747981

I learned in school that καλησπέρα meant good afternoon and it was καλο βράδυ that meant good evening

August 29, 2018
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