How to learn conversational Greek

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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?

Best wishes

Angela

Πώς τα πας; Τα έμαθες; How to use these everyday Greek phrases?

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?

best wishes

angela

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

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For the grammar nerds

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

Angela

Why you shouldn’t rely on google Translate

https://blogs.transparent.com/language-news/2015/09/02/how-google-translate-works-and-why-it-doesnt-measure-up/

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

Angela

Return of Spring: Return of Persephone

A beautiful piece about the return of spring and lots of Greek to practice on too!

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Spring Equinox

55492945_1132767043562456_1193309525927526400_nΛεπτομέρεια από τον πίνακα του Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,(1836-1912) “Εαρινή ισημερία” , 1894.


In ancient times, the spring equinox marks the time of the return of the goddess Persephone from the Underworld. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth and, at the fall equinox, she descends downward into the Underworld to visit with the dead.

In her absence, Demeter searches in vain for her daughter, and becomes consumed by grief, causing all of the earth to wither and die.  The gods later intervene, bringing Persephone back up from the Underworld to reunite with her mother at spring time, thus the blossoming of the earth anew. Grecian history marks the story of

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How to enable a more inclusive world

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?

Best wishes

Angela

C F Cavafy Greek poet (1863-1933)

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 ,
  • Angelos Sikelianos
  • Lefkadia Hearn
  • George Seferis
  • C G Karyotakis
  • Ioannis (Nanos) Valaoritis
  • Odysseus Elytis
  • Andreas Emberikos
  • 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?

    Best wishes

    Angela

    Linguistics

    http://pointlessoverthinking.com/2019/03/15/language-families/

    Time to get back to some linguistics. It is very interesting seeing all the different combinations you can have for word organisation. English is very inflexible in its word order as there is usually the right way and the way that makes you sound like Yoda.

    In other languages like Greek you can organise things in about 4 different ways depending on what part of the sentence you want to emphasise.

    Which word order are you most used to and which do you like best? If you have a choice in your language which do you chose and why?

    Best wishes

    Angela

    321 life prompt

    I was asked by a fellow blogger Express the gabbiness (gabby) to complete this prompt so I thought for a change I would do one of these.

    There is only so many posts one can do of a serious nature like politics, religion or my life. All the things your not supposed to say but I do anyway because it’s necessary and they shouldn’t be taboo.

    I am a one of a kind person which is why I don’t use writing prompts often. I believe my English is strong enough to not need them but we can all improve on something somewhere along the line. I have published 7 books on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/author/ref=dbs_P_W_auth?_encoding=UTF8&author=Angela%20Goodwin&searchAlias=digital-text&asin=B01G9629BG

    So as well as writing my 2 blogs, I write e books. I have written a children’s book as yet unpublished, a couple of books on how to react to an autistic child and how to educate them as well as books on language learning and a fairytale romance novel. I like writing and words. This has always been a passion of mine and I’m lucky to have the time to do this with, the technology through amazon to sell them and a loving husband who works hard to pay the bills so I can concentrate on what I love.

    Best wishes

    Angela

    Brexit: The uncivil war

    In a follow up article to the one I previously wrote on Brexit and Grexit; I have just watched Brexit: The uncivil war. It’s a brilliant show which shows exactly how Brexit happened.

    I love Benedict Cumberbatch as he is such a talented actor. I adore the erudite way he speaks and acts. His intellect is phenomenal. No matter his role he is utterly convincing.

    Now having learnt about Brexit from both sides, what is your opinion on the matter?

    Best wishes

    Angela