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Posted by Dinny, 03 October 2005 · 1,605 views



I thought I could use my blog to write about my experiences in this first period of my living in Crete without annoying the general forum with my everyday small-talk. And I hope to find the time to insert small reports on things while they happen.

I am still in the stage of "very much newcommer" and my main problem is not knowing the language. I really wish to get to know my neighbours but it's kinda limiting when we never get over

"Kalimera-ticagnis?-kala efkaristo" . smile.gif

I'm stocking a lot of words in my brain, but as for now they don't seem to want to surface when I need them.

The television is a big help. Because I don't have a disc antenna! Meaning that my TV is able to show 1) the news (they never seems to end!!), 2) sports, and 3) Greek soap-operas. In soaps they never use a very sophisticated language and it's easy to catch a few words now and then: He grab her by the arms and angrily asks: Ine nee oy ochi? They smile and kiss and it all ends in S'agapo and in the meantime you catch some kalimera-kalinikta-antio-tipota-sto kala-yassu-pappuzzia-katastrofi-endaxi-tilefono-etc-etc-etc. The News are also very good since the pictures explain what they are talking about and since the news are always the same (weather-death-politics) after a while the words find their ways to your brain and settle in.

Unfortunately, the concept I learned immediately upon my arrival was: Siga-siga (slowly-slowly) and I'm adapting marvelously. You would never guess I was Danish if seeing how I manage to let days in a row slip without doing nothing-really, just finding places in the house for my stuff, but in a pace that it truly Greek: today I decide where this-or-that picture should hang, tomorrow I stuff all my canned food brought in from Italy in one cupboard instead of scattered on the kitchen table, the day after tomorrow I just sit on the terrace reading or watching the kittens play. (I was immediately adopted by a bunch of kittens, this should get a chapter for itself, and a warning: if you don't want them around make your heart turn into stone and NEVER give them the tinyest bite of anything!!) So to end this siga-siga stuff: I know why the Cretans live so long: they simply need a much longer life to do all the things one normally do in a life-time.

Enough for now, I have an annoying disturbance to see to: Work dry.gif










Dinny,I am so glad to see the first members' blog created by you. The topic is interesting and I am sure many people will read it. It is also interestign for another reason: I learn new Greek words from you. For example "pappuzzia". Could you please explain the meaning of this interesting-sounding word?
QUOTE(yannis_s @ Oct 4 2005, 08:46 AM)
Dinny,I am so glad to see the first members' blog created by you. The topic is interesting and I am sure many people will read it. It is also interestign for another reason: I learn new Greek words from you. For example "pappuzzia". Could you please explain the meaning of this interesting-sounding word?


Well, I am happy that you TOO can learn something, Yannis!! biggrin.gif

"Pappuzzia" are the "shoes" ..... right?





oh...you mean papoutsia...Yes, that is shoes and "tsanta" is the handbag
QUOTE(yannis_s @ Oct 4 2005, 12:35 PM)
oh...you mean papoutsia...Yes, that is shoes and "tsanta" is the handbag


Exactly what I said, no? tongue.gif

For now, I just want to learn the words, and later on I'll check on the spelling! When I learnt Italian I never even peeked into a grammar book till years after I spoke it fluently. And when I finally did, that SCARED me. I would never even have thought about trying to learn a language with 16 cases!! But since at that time I already did speak it like a native, the grammar didn't put me off, just put a few things in their right places.

When I know how to speak Greek I shall be looking into the grammar, eventually. wink.gif

I'm really enjoying your blog. I was about to ask you how everything was going in your wonderful new life, but I thought first, perhaps she made a blog?? Good thing, thanks alot for the information, you will help many other people who are planning/hoping to live in Crete one day.

Also, found it funny. I understannd you meant papoutsia, but with a bit of an Italian accent papuzzia... we can see where you have been living for the past years. smile.gif
hi Dinny

I have really enjoyed reading your Blog (yes i know I did have loads of other things to do but........)

It must have been hard to set up as the first person to do so - I have found it all makes much more sense using yours as a guide.

BFN Yvonne
And now we are looking forward to reading your's, Yvonne! :-)

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