Past Tense

Greek Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Greek. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Greek Classes.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Greek, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in Greek

Past Greek Audio
I saw youσε είδα
se eída
I wrote with a penέγραψα με στυλό
égrapsa me styló
You loved applesσου άρεσαν πολύ / αγαπούσες τα μήλα
sou áresan polý / agapoúses ta mí̱la
You gave moneyέδωσες χρήματα / λεφτά
édo̱ses chrí̱mata / leftá
You played tennisέπαιξες τέννις
épaixes ténnis
He read (past tense) a book(αυτός) διάβασε ένα βιβλίο
(af̱tós) diávase éna vivlío
He understood me(αυτός) με κατάλαβε
(af̱tós) me katálave
She had a cat(αυτή) είχε μία γάτα
(af̱tí̱) eíche mía gáta
She knew my friend(αυτή) ήξερε τον φίλο μου / την φίλη μου
(af̱tí̱) í̱xere ton fílo mou / ti̱n fíli̱ mou
We wanted to learn(εμείς) θέλαμε να μάθουμε
(emeís) thélame na máthoume
We thought Spanish is easy(εμείς) Πιστεύαμε ότι τα Ισπανικά είναι εύκολα
(emeís) Pistév̱ame óti ta Ispaniká eínai éf̱kola
You (plural) worked hereδουλέψατε εδώ
doulépsate edó̱
You (plural) spoke Frenchμιλήσατε Γαλλικά
milí̱sate Galliká
They drove a carοδήγησαν ένα αμάξι / αυτοκίνητο
odí̱gi̱san éna amáxi / af̱tokíni̱to
They smiledχαμογέλασαν


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List of Colors in Greek

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Greek

Colors Greek Audio
Dark colorσκούρο χρώμα
skoúro chró̱ma
Light colorανοιχτό χρώμα
anoichtó chró̱ma
Whiteλευκό / άσπρο
lef̱kó / áspro


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Daily Conversation in Greek

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Greek Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Greek

English Greek Audio
Black is his favorite colorΤο μαύρο είναι το αγαπημένο του χρώμα
To máv̱ro eínai to agapi̱méno tou chró̱ma
I have black hairΈχω μαύρα μαλλιά
Écho̱ máv̱ra malliá
Red is not his favorite colorΤο κόκκινο δεν είναι το αγαπημένο του χρώμα
To kókkino den eínai to agapi̱méno tou chró̱ma
She drives a yellow carΑυτή οδηγεί κίτρινο αυτοκίνητο
Af̱tí̱ odi̱geí kítrino af̱tokíni̱to
The sky is blueΟ ουρανός είναι μπλε
O ouranós eínai ble
Your cat is whiteΗ γάτα σου είναι άσπρη
I̱ gáta sou eínai áspri̱
I enjoyed myself very muchΔιασκέδασα πάρα πολύ / Πέρασα πολύ ωραία
Diaskédasa pára polý / Pérasa polý o̱raía
I agree with youΣυμφωνώ μαζί σου
Symfo̱nó̱ mazí sou
Are you sure?Είσαι σίγουρος / σίγουρη;
Eísai sígouros / sígouri̱?
Be careful!Πρόσεξε!
Cheers!Στην υγειά μας!
Sti̱n ygeiá mas!
Would you like to go for a walk?Θα ήθελες να πάμε βόλτα;
Tha í̱theles na páme vólta?

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Greek about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Greek Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Greek homepage.

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