Lindsay is a helpful lady who has many resources at her disposal to help you learn a foreign language. I have read quite a few of her articles previously and I’ve just discovered her WordPress blog. Each polyglot has a different way of approaching language learning so a varied schedule is important to maximise your ability to achieve your target language.
Yesterday, was interesting because I learned something new. Well, it’s been around for years but it’s new to me. First, I want to tell you about me and discussions.
I like to have meaningful discussions, trade information back and forth, but I loathe arguing. I can’t stand it, and will shut down if backed into a corner. If I’m imprisoned in said corner, then I go for the jugular. It’s not pretty. If you send for me, best believe you’re going to get Me. Why am I like this? Because growing up, I had to keep my opinions to myself, even when that person was wrong. It was rude to correct an adult. But what if they were wrong? I wasn’t flaunting my intelligence, but I was more on the lines of helping them out.
When in school, I kept my opinions to myself for fear of back lash from…
This video shows that there is a structure to the formation of sentences and that all languages follow it. There are many ways to organise a sentence but they all contain the same elements. This is even true when translated to hand gestures to explain a picture when the person doesn’t know a sign language.
This Reblog goes into great detail about the life of the man
who wrote the Greek national anthem. He also wrote many poems. If you want to see where he born
there is this plaque on the wall in Lefkás town commemorating the spot. He later lived on the island of Madouri
near Lefkás you will find a shrine dedicated to him.
His family still live in the area and are going to stay there forever. Even Aristotle Onassis with all his money and charm couldn’t persuade them to sell their land. This is what Wikipedia has to say about the matter. Aristotle Valaoritis
He also has a statue dedicated to himself with a lengthy description in Lefkás town.
This is the first of my series of posts on famous Greek but mainly Lefkádian poets. With a bonus post on Sappho from Sententiae Ancientae.
This video contains the quote from Nelson Mandela where if you speak to a person in a language they understand it goes to there head but if you speak to them in their language it goes to their heart. This is so very true of the Greek people and inside the speaker Louka will detail his journey to connect with his heritage but also the indigenous people of Australia. He will empower you to learn a language for yourself if only to keep your brain healthy and stop neurodegenerative diseases from taking hold and destroying all that you hold dear.
I watched this video and she brings up some amazing points. These are things we all know and we all do yet we powerless to prevent them. It’s autonomy that we all crave and control. The ability to decide for ourselves what we are going to do when, how and also why. We can all live richer lives but without the riches that we think we need to do so. She draws upon Ancient wisdom but also the knowledge we learn growing up and foolishly discard as being outdated. We need money but not as much as we think. It’s about learning that self discipline and if we cannot planning accordingly so that we never run out of money.
This is the first video that deals with making money and my issues with this :-
I’ve just been reading the BFG to myself in Greek and this makes me quite happy that I can follow what is happening in the story. I don’t quite get all of it yet but if I continue I should be a lot better than when I started.
The first time I tried to read this book I was concentrating far too much on what I didn’t know so I didn’t understand the story at all. I know the story and I’ve seen various film adaptations but to actually read the original is quite different. I also referred to the English version far too much so I lost the flow as they don’t always correlate. What I do hate in writing though is the justification of words to fit in columns that results in lots of hyphens. It’s difficult enough to read the words and to have them split across 2 lines is just plain irritating. How am I supposed to read it out loud and put the emphasis on the correct part if I don’t even know what the word is?
Now the origins of words is a subject that I love dearly so I’m very grateful when a native Greek not only teaches me many but also provides the translations for me in my native language. So very useful and helpful to have these around.
I didn’t realize until watching the videos a second time just how many words had entered from French, Italian and Turkish. French as I’m learning was such a popular language in Europe and in Russia in the 18th. It was the lingua Franca or universal language of its day.
I do have an affinity for certain words and I did wonder when going into a bakers why a particular type of bread was mia fragiola parakalo (one loaf of fragiola bread please). Now I know it’s a word of Turkish origin as it does stick out from the rest of the language. As does karpousia or watermelons. One of the very first words I learnt and it’s not really even Greek!!!!
Now I have previously commented lots on the many things contained within this video so I thought for a change you would like to see a Greek talk about his own language and history. He goes into much greater depth about everything than I ever could. Pronunciation is the biggest factor here. Its useful for those learning Romance languages and Russian too as there all connected.
Here is the link to the first video in this series if you missed it.