International recognition for Easygnosis teachers !

Easygnosis represents one of the easiest, most technologically advanced and nicest ways to learn the Greek culture and language!

Easygnosis’ reputation expands in Asia! Below is the interview of the Korean magazine “The Junior Chosun” with Georgia, our teachers get an international recognition!

Click here   Korean magazine holds interview of Easygnosis teacher!

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The island of Syros

Syros is the island where Greek tradition and western influence come to a harmonious marriage. It is found almost in the centre of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea and is located only 144 km south-east of Athens, with a population of around 25.000 people. Closest island around Syros are Mykonos, Tinos, Andros and Kythnos.

Syros2The island’s largest town is Ermoupoli, the capital of the island and the capital city of the Cyclades. Ermoúpoli (meaning “the city of Hermes”) is often  called “The Sovereign of Aegean” and it is built in the hills that surround the harbor. During the 19th century, due to its economic activity, it has been called “Manchester of Greece”, and it was even more significant port than the port of Piraeus.

Due to its crucial geographical position, Syros became know...

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Kalanda – the Greek Carols!

Kalanda (Carols) is one of the most famous old singing tradition in Greece!

They have their roots in the Byzantium and they signal the advent of 12 holidays also known as Dodecameron, which ends on Epiphany Day. On the eve of the most noted holidays such as Christmas, New Year and Epiphany, children sing special carols for each holiday, the so called Kalanda.HǍmБυđɊϭבɓԏՃō͉TɊ`ʁˁ͔`Ӕύ БυđϠԇӠć̏ʑTɁӠʁяˏ ЁЏՋɁ.(EUROKINISSI-ʏ͔QɍǓ ÉّÏө

Kalanda are sung mainly by children but it is not rare to be sung by a group of adults adults too. The carols sung by children are accompanied by the sound of a simple metal triangle, the typical music instrument of these days in Greece! Adults on the other hand often use a flute, a melodica or other traditional instruments to add a musical complexity and a more melodic sound to the kalanda.

The chanting culminates in various ways of ...

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Traditional Greek sweets for Christmas!

The most traditional Christmas and New Year cookies in Greece are Melomakarono and Kourabies. They are made throughout the year but they are mainly consumed during Christmas time!

There is an unofficial “rivalry” between these 2 Christmas sweets with people preferring one to the other! Which one is sweeter, which one melts best in the mouth, which one is less sticky for the fingers! During time they have both been “winners” as both are unique, sweet and the best reminder of the New year that is about to come!

Melomakarono is a soft cookie that is totally related to Christmas in Greece, and it is usually made from late November to early January. The word “Melomakarono” has its roots in ancient Greece and is a combination of 2 words:

a)    the word “meli” which means “honey in Greek,...

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Zeibekiko – the “lonely mourning” dance

Zeibekiko or Zeimpekiko is a one of the most popular Greek folk dances.

The origin of the name has not been yet clarified. Some traditions say that it derived from Zeibek warriors of Anatolia, but old folklore said that the name of the dance comes from the words Zei, as a derivative of Greek God Zeus, and the phrygian word bekos, which means bread according to Herodotus.

zeibekiko dance

According to this folk etymology, it symbolizes the union of the spirit with the body and it is believed that it was danced in honor of Greek gods.

It is the “lonely mourning” dance, a dance with no steps but with extremely intense emotions and feelings that the dancer should understand, respect and express in a restricted space...

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The Music of Ancient Greeks!

The recreation of the ancient Greek music  is the subject of a study by Oxford University. This study is funded by the British Academy, requires the cooperation of many researchers from other universities and aims to recreate the songs as they were originally composed!

The scientists have created exact replicas of the ancient Greek music instruments and play the music notes as they were extracted by the ancient writings. They claim that the recreation is “100% authentic”!

“We often forget that the writings of Homer, the love poems of Sappho, Sophokles’s Tragedies – they were all music in their first form” said Doctor D’Angur at BBC...

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The “exciting” letter Omega!

The Greek alphabet contains 24 letters and Omega is the 24th and last letter of it.

The word Omega means “great O” (o-mega, in Greek mega means ‘great’), and it is written Ω (capital) and ω (lowercase). Omega2In phonetic terms, the Ancient Greek Ω is a long open-mid o  comparable to the vowel of British English raw. In Modern Greek, Ω represents the same sound as omicron.

Omega_1It is a very special letter and it is used often in Companies’ logos! For example (something that few may have noticed!) uses Omega in its logo!

The form of the uppercase letter derives from that of an omicron (Ο) broken up at the side, with the edges subsequently turned outward. There was also once a letter Omega in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabet but this letter is no longer in use today.

Omega is often used to denot...

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Exciting findings at Amphipolis excavation!

Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in Amphipolis – northern Greece- that has captivated the public’s imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.

Amfipolis4 The partially uncovered tomb from the end of Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great’s reign, which was found inside the mound, has sparked intense media interest amid wild speculation that it may contain rich treasures or the bones of an ancient celebrity.

So far, archaeologists have uncovered part of the late fourth-century B.C. tomb’s entrance, which has two large marble sphinxes placed on a lintel just under the barrel-vaulted roof. Underneath lies the doorway, still covered in earth, with traces of painted plaster decoration.

“It’s astonishing, the biggest tomb w...

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Knossos – an ancient city full of Myths!

Knossos is the ancient Minoan palace and surrounding city on the island of Crete, sung of by Homer in his Odyssey. It is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is considered Europe’s oldest city.

King Minos, famous for his wisdom and, later, one of the three judges of the dead in the underworld, would give his name to the people of Knossos and, by extension, the ancient civilization of Crete: Minoan. The settlement was established well before 2000 BCE and was destroyed, most likely by fire (though some claim a tsunami) c. 1700 BCE.

Under Minos’ rule, Knossos flourished through maritime trade as well as overland commerce with the other great cities of Crete, Kato Sakro (Phaestos) and Mallia.

Knossos was destroyed and re-built at least twice...

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The Greek letter “Ξ” !

Ξ, ξ is one of the “different” letters that exist in the Greek alphabet compared to the latin and the main European ones! Xi (uppercase Ξ, lowercase ξ) is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet. Both in Ancient Greek and in Modern Greek the letter Ξ is pronounced “ksi”, and generally z or “s in English.

Xi2In some archaic local variants of the Greek alphabet, this letter was missing. Instead, especially in the dialects of most of the Greek mainland, the sound “ks” was represented by Χ (which in classical Greek is chi, used for /kʰ/). Because this variant of the Greek alphabet was used in Italy, the Latin alphabet borrowed Χ rather than Ξ as the Latin letter X.

In Semitic a crossmark stood for the “t” sound, but in Greek it ended up as the Greek lette...

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