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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Greek Language

Aloha Everyone,

We’ve all heard the expression, “I have no idea.  It sounds Greek to me.” Greek, an ancient language, is difficult. It is the same for the written version. We are familiar with the Roman alphabet. The Greek alphabet is hard to decipher.

While J.J. and I “sheltered-in-place” with our son’s family for exactly 365 days, among the activities I engaged were learning languages. Of the 13 languages I am interested in learning, Greek and Hawaiian were most challenging.

Following methods of several experts on language learning, I jump right into conversation skipping grammar. In addition to Duolingo, one of the most helpful app is Greek by Nemo. You can choose how many new words or short phrases you would like to learn. Yes, I tend to be an overachiever. The first goal I set was 12 phrases per day. I then drastically reduced to 7 then 3. For the last two days, I am getting by quite nicely with 5 a day.

J.J. and I have a couple of very close friends in Hawaii who are Greek. Would love to be able to carry a short conversation, maybe about our favorite Greek dishes or desserts with them.

Aloha -- Cathi