I’ve just been spending some time in Disneyland Paris to practice my French. There is a lot more to languages than just knowing the words and being able to formulate sentences. You have to get the accent right so that you are emphasising the correct bit. You also need to punctuate your sentences correctly. Otherwise you end up with things that you didn’t technically order like this morning I wanted a cappuccino and a special eclair with nuts on but I got a cappuccino, special eclair (we switched to English to pick the nut one) and a nut coffee.
You can be excellent at learning and remembering words, you can study grammar but without practice you will never get past the intermediate level or the classic “broken” speech that so many people have. I am one of those artificial people in terms of speech as I work off scripts and it’s so formal that it’s an immediate giveaway. I would like to be better but it’s not one of my talents communicating.
You also need the desire as well as a need to communicate. I want to do this but I don’t have the ability despite having the intellect. You don’t need resources as many people around the world are polyglots without any money but you do have to like talking. Not only that, you need to like talking to strangers. I most certainly do not like that. So a lack of practice due to reticence will cripple any linguistic endeavour you may have.
What struggles have you come across in your life so far and how have you dealt with them?
For those of you that don’t know about Greek Independence Day I thought I would share a post to illuminate you on this issue. This subject tends to get missed out from history classes. I love history and have therefore researched it quite a lot but it wasn’t until I really started to learn the language and the culture from visiting that I started to understand its importance. I have written many posts about Greek language, culture and history on my other blog firstname.lastname@example.org and now I’m continuing this trend on here. I’m trying to be more focused with the personal and autistic posts on my first blog and the Greek related posts on here.
I have also neglected to post a schedule as I try to post during the week and have a break during the weekend but it appears that I’m reaching far more people by posting every day. Once again Cristian Mihai is proving he knows his onions not just with his “just punch the damn keys”. Getting your posts in front of more eye balls and keeping your name in people’s mind is vitally important. When you gain traction, capitalise on it as it’s so very difficult to regain growth if you have slacked off for whatever reason. I know this is tough but we love it and that’s why we do it.
How do you overcome your struggles with productivity?
Wishing you all well
Since today is Greek Independence Day I thought I would share a post about the importance of music in Greek history.
For a taste of more modern Greek music see here Rebetika.
Have you any stories to share about what is important in your culture?
Danae Florou is a lovely lady that writes for this website. It is her passion that she started and she saw that there was a gap in the market for those that had surpassed basic tourist knowledge but wanted more and to be able to converse with locals in a more natural manner. It would seem the blogosphere also adores her as my ratings rocketed after posting yesterday’s email from her. As much as I would like to keep this information to myself, it isn’t right so I’m sharing it all for you to help yourselves become better learners.
Which gems have you come across recently?
If your at a more advanced level with your Greek this post will help you sound more natural and less like all of your learning came from a book, app or cd
what would you like to achieve with your language learning goals if you have any?
Imagine you’re strolling along the street in Athens, a lovely sunny day of Spring… A lady is standing on the sidewalk. She chats with her friend who’s sitting at her little geranium-filled balcony. You can’t help but overhear their chat: – Τα έμαθες; Η ανιψιά μου πήγε στην Αμερική. Στο καλύτερο
Source: Πώς τα πας; Τα έμαθες; How to use these everyday Greek phrases?
Being able to write good Greek will get you many plaudits. You will also be able to get more out of life there if you can read, talk, listen and understand the local language. This is a crib sheet for those who are travelling over there this year and don’t know the language at all. A little goes a long way.
Do you have any stories about when you spoke a foreign language abroad?
Wishing you well
We are all guilty of using google Translate move than we should when it comes to translating foreign terms. However the more you become familiar with a language, the easier it is to spot the sometimes almost literal translation of terms. This is why we will always be better but it’s still good to have a helping hand.
Have you got any howlers resulting from google Translate phrases?
Have a great earth day
Here inside this video are thoughts on the impression that language makes on your thoughts. It can get quite technical at times drawing from psychology but this does explain how our thoughts come to be in the shapes that they are presented to us in. Language colours our perception as beautifully explained with the key talk as you will see when you watch the clip.
How have your linguistic experiences been shaped by the languages you have come into contact with?
Each of these poems that I’m sharing with you today is quite evocative in there language. From the brevity of life, the restlessness of youth, the pretense that some of us think we need to fit in and finally the pain of dating. These are struggles we have all been through at some point. Human nature doesn’t change despite our attitudes being modified, our lives changing beyond all recognition due to technology and the world around us morphing due to the effects of our industry.
Here is a Greek view on the subject C F Cavafy and here is the Wikipedia article on this gentleman C P Cavafy. It’s good to compare and contrast different viewpoints. It helps to create a more balanced view.
This is the second post on my series of famous Greek but mainly Lefkádian poets and authors. Aristotle Valaoritis ,
C G Karyotakis
Ioannis (Nanos) Valaoritis
Here is a bonus post by Sententiae Ancientae on Sappho.
Other series include Greek Authors, Musicians, Famous Greeks, Rural Villages in Lefkás and Foreigners who have become interested and or benefited Greece in some ways. All the links can be found here Series links.
Do you have a favourite poet and would you like to share with me?