Idioms are some of the hardest things to master when you’re learning a new language. And take it from me, English is absolutely full of them!

Whether it’s to talk about the weather or to explain how you’re feeling, idioms are common in languages the world over. But you don’t realise how much of everyday speech revolves around them, until you try learning a new language! Even if you understand the literal meaning of every word in a sentence, an idiom can still be completely incomprehensible (why is the pot calling the kettle black, and are brass monkeys chilly?)!

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Perhaps I should start by saying that I am not one to be much swayed by superstitions. Perhaps that’s why I’m not afraid to have 13 sections for my blog on superstitions!  Even though I don’t believe in them, superstitions in Greece sometimes seem foundational to the whole culture!

Although myself and my husband might now laugh at some of the superstitions we grew up taking so seriously, they seemed very real to us as children - and remain a very real part of daily life to plenty of Greek people.

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Food is crucial to Greek culture, but as Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus once stated, “[w]e should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” It isn’t only the food that makes Greek food culture what is is; the crucial element is the social act of sharing food.

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Think that ‘going for a coffee’ must be a pretty universal experience the world over? Think again!

Greek coffee culture isn’t so much to do with the type of coffee (I’ll get to that!), but with the cultural role coffee plays. Unlike the commonality of ‘takeaway’ coffees here in the UK, coffee plays a crucial role in Greek social life.

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