Any of you actually trying to learn the Greek language?
Posted 19 May 2005 - 01:04 PM
Well, I'll get the cassettes, but I recon I'll learn quicker and easier when on the spot!
Posted 19 May 2005 - 08:00 PM
Posted 20 May 2005 - 06:23 PM
I started by 'learning' a little Greek when staying at Crete for a few months, but since I didn't know about grammar and so on, I could really not have a normal conversation when I left.
The next year I went to another part of Greece and found out that I could understand more than I thought. Maybe the Cretan dialect was affecting my skills more than I thought. I got enthousiastic for it again!
Since 2 years now I've had some lessons in wintertime, once a week with some other 'beginners'. You should think that I could do some conversation now..... but no. I can only answer the son of a Greek friend of mine when he askes me what color his dog (sitting next to me) has! I can do some little things, like telling where I come from, what I do and so on, but normal speaking, no. I think I will never learn, but I keep trying!
Posted 20 May 2005 - 06:33 PM
Posted 20 May 2005 - 07:50 PM
Posted 23 May 2005 - 05:37 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if you would produce another little flashmovie with some of the common phrases one would like to know when arriving?
It just took me a few days to learn and remember all the numbers (OK, some people gave me "the odd look" when entering my office, thinking I was listening to some kind of preacher, ahahha) since I just had the flashmovie running in the background. It's funny also that you can easily learn how to write the words (if you know how to blind-type) by just switching your keyboard to Greek!
χιλιο Εφκαριστο in advance! :wink:
Posted 23 May 2005 - 07:46 PM
We leave in 4 days and will be in Crete in 6...(overnight on the plane & agin on the ferry)...I'm starting to get totally distracted. :shock:
W 63 46.979
Posted 23 May 2005 - 08:53 PM
That's all there is to it!
Hang in there, the next four days will be the loooongest days of your life!
Posted 23 May 2005 - 11:57 PM
It used the novel technique of teaching you one word every lesson starting with each letter of the alphabet. To this day, my husband swears that all the Greek I know is "my submarine's stuck in that tree". And that was lesson 1!
I have also tried the "Teach yourself" course. Incidentally, it lies and says you can do it with the book only. You can't. You MUST have the cassettes.
I make progress every holiday then forget it all by the next. There are Greek waiting staff in my local Italian restaurant, (Don't ask)and I'm trying to persuade them to give me lessons.
Posted 24 May 2005 - 02:41 AM
Are you trying to get me in trouble ? :oops:
Shall I try that phrase (and that attitude) at the Zafiria Internet Cafè :?:
W 63 46.979
Posted 26 May 2005 - 04:12 PM
Posted 02 June 2005 - 01:19 PM
Posted 02 June 2005 - 02:57 PM
I got the Linguaphone course from my local library (and photocpied it all ). You probably can get it in Denmark too by inter-library loan. I wouldn't bother trying to buy it -as you say it is outrageously expensive!!!
Anyway the N. Watts book is a great start!!!
Posted 02 June 2005 - 10:52 PM
however,its good to make an effort and at least be able to meeet and greet people properly and with respect.
Once you are passed the basics,I recommend "Pimsluer Greek",an excelent audio course,but perhaps alittle to fast for the beginer.
Posted 03 June 2005 - 09:28 AM
You'll have to expand a bit on that "pimsluer Greek" you mention... can't find anything like it on Google. And we all know "if it's not on google, it doesn't exist"
Is the name of the course (book?) written like that .... or is it a typo? :wink: