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#1 willtam

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 06:36 PM

please could u tell me what the greek word is for yes and no i forget what no is but my cd course is saying that malista is the word for yes but my friend kos tells me different???????????????

#2 Birgit

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:00 PM

Hi Wiltam.

The Greek word for yes is "nai" and "oxi" means no.

"Malista" ... well, that is a word that is different to translate, maybe "well" (in some connections) will cover. But you use that words in many other ways. Maybe others have a better translation?

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:28 PM

As I use it, μάλιστα means more than yes. Maybe yes, sure...

Ιn Germany we would say : Jawohl

I have learned:


μάλα, μάλλον, μάλιστα

μάλα is from the oldgreek and means : much

μάλλον is the 2. comparison and

malista the 3. comparison


So - lets hope Yannis could say more... :unsure: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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#4 Yorgos

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 12:54 AM

Μάλιστα (Malista) has the meaning of certainly, definitely, much more that yes. It is derived from the ancient Greek μάλα that has a meaning “of the highest degree”.

Other words used for a higher degree of yes, similar to the English certainly and definitely are the Greek βεβαίως – vevaeos- and οπωσδήποτε – oposdipotae.

Isn’t fun using an other language!

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#5 willtam

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 07:14 PM

i cant read greek?????????

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 07:20 PM

μάλα = mala

μάλλον = mallon

μάλιστα = malista


O.k. now??? :)

#7 Henry Hooray

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 08:30 PM

i cant read greek?????????


Yes is 'ne', very short and abrupt.

No is 'oki', quite short and abrupt.

Confusingly, the Greeks have a habit of doing some kind of partly horixontal, partly vertical, head movement, which in my experience is mainly used when they say Yes - combining this with the near-British way of saying no, you could easily think that they do indeed mean No, when in fact the opposite is the case.

HTH, Henry.

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 01:47 PM

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