Any of you actually trying to learn the Greek language?
Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:24 PM
Actually, I'm enjoying very much a book I bought in Matala a few weeks ago: "Learn Greek in 25 Years", by Brian Church. It's really funny! But you won't learn much Greek from that either, sigh! Can't say the tittle didn't warn me though!
Any good tips for learning Greek? (besides marrying a Greek, which my daughter did, she actually speaks like a machine gun by now (took her less than 3 years) but I have no idea whether it's Greek she's speaking, people seems to understand her though, but maybe they just got used to her.... )
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Posted 18 May 2005 - 03:56 AM
I can't really give any advice on a quick way to learn. Oh, if you learn the alphabet and then try to read Greek (dont know if your that far yet) you have to make sure first you know the sound combinations. Before I took a Greek class I thought I could read (without understanding what I was reading of course) but I was pronoucing almost everything wrong because of that. (ex. N and T = D like Ntalaras, O and I = E). The textbooks I bought for class (and casettes) and good, but they cost almost $200! (at least it lasted for four semesters).
Maybe if you really want to learn Greek and not just words here and there, it would be good to try to learn the contruction and grammar (which is probably the hardest part b/c its a case grammar). Learn how verbs work and then add vocabulary. So that way even if you didn't know what someone was saying, at least you could know well thats a verb and thats the object and so on. Good luck!
I am coming to Greece for 3 weeks mid June and I can't wait to try to use some of what I've learned and hopefully improve my verbal skills! I think in the end just being immersed in the language is really the best way to learn. (start spending a lot of time with your son in law!! hehe)
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Posted 18 May 2005 - 02:41 PM
This of course aside from the fact greek is a fascinating language, that is focusing on the practical side rather than on the cultural one, cause for the latter learning greek is still a good idea and is still self improvement.
Posted 18 May 2005 - 08:08 PM
Alberto, no argueing about that, you will almost for sure be able to find people to talk with everywhere, that understands English that is... but since I plan to move to Crete I really need and want to learn the language. Besides, if you plan to get work in a bar at least you should be able to understand something like "mia bira, parakal˛"
Posted 18 May 2005 - 09:04 PM
If you plan to live here You definately need to learn at least a little. Depending on where you settle It will
1.Just be polite to! or
2.Essential! Just to get by on a day to day basis.
Crete in the summer has a vast population of seasonal workers Not just foreigners many are Greeks from the "Mainland" During the out of season months you will normally be spoken to in Greek/Cretan and a much much smaller percentage will speak any English.
I've been here two years now and my linguitic skills are still pretty poor But I get by.
Though how it must sound to a Greek? as I probably speak Cretan with a Midlands "Black country" accent I don't know
Yanni I can't remember if you heard me say any in "Cretan" when we met?
Posted 18 May 2005 - 10:22 PM
I thought we had the whole conversation in Cretan...
Posted 19 May 2005 - 03:53 AM
Posted 19 May 2005 - 07:37 AM
Younger people in towns will probably never use these special Cretan words and expressions.
Posted 19 May 2005 - 08:41 AM
eg. Raki becomes Rachi
Souvlaki becomes Souvlachi etc etc
There is also an old story of an english couple who had to go to hospital in Athens When they spoke to the staff there in Greek [They learned on Crete] They were asked "Why do you speak like peasants"
Posted 19 May 2005 - 09:34 AM
The Linguaphone course consists of 5 cassettes, 90 lessons in total. Another good course is "Teach Yourself Greek" by A. Matsukas - also a cassette course. I'm listening them at the moment on the bus going to work...it's all coming back to me!!
Posted 19 May 2005 - 09:38 AM
I didn't like the "Colloquial Greek" course much though.