More Than Words


A few days in Greece has me reconnecting with my heritage and the richness of it. From the ancient ruins, to the amazing gastronomical feasts, to their beautiful use of words and emotion.

The Greek vocabulary is so full and expressive – English feels so bland after hearing a conversation between Greek people.

My favourite conversations are when they are exchanging wishes for each other. Like the Greeks themselves, the expressions used are so passionate and full of love, wonder and awe. You can’t help but leave the exchange with a smile and happy thoughts.

They take some of the most basic greetings like Happy Birthday and turn them into the most gorgeous, heartfelt wishes.

Happy Birthday
“Xronia Polla” – Many years to you
“Na zisis” – Here’s to a long life
“Na ta ekatostisis” – May you love to one hundred.
“Na zisis hillia xronia” – Here’s to 1000 good years
“Oti epithimis” –May you have whatever you want and dream.

“It’s my family member’s birthday”
Response: “Na ti/ton xerese” (“Celebrate her/him. Here’s to her/his health and her/him bringing happiness to your life”)

Wishes for the couple before the ceremony:
Ee ora ee kale” – Here’s to the marriage being good and lucky

Once the couple are married:
“Seehareeteeria” – Congratulations
“Na Zisete” – Long may you live in happiness, love, and joy.

Na sas Zisi – Here’s to a long and healthy life for your child.
Yero ke dinato – Here’s to your child being healthy and strong

Silipitiria – Condolences

“Zoi se sas” (Life to you)
“Zoi se mas” (Life to Us)
“Na zisete na ton/tin thimaste” – May you live and remember him / her!

This world can be a scary place. Instead of spouting hate, why don’t we take a leaf out of Greek’s books, and wish only the best for those we come across in life.

In the words of the Greeks – “Na Zisame”! (Long may we live in happiness, love and joy!)



About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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