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Newbie here [Aug. 17th, 2005|04:47 pm]
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I wanted to take the time to say hello and say that I have wanted to learn greek for awhile, while my ancestory doesn't go back to the greeks, I am portuguese. But i have always loved greece and wanted to go on a holiday there. Problem is I don't know greek and was looking for a community that would recommend good books with audio cds that would help me learn on my own.

Any advice, suggestions, tips, and a word of encouragement would be much appreciated =)


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hello proto-community! [Jul. 28th, 2005|01:34 am]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]

in response to mummimamma's post, i would be greatly interested in such a community!
i have been learning greek for more than a year from teach yourself greek, and am on the last unit. i tried to sign up to a course in sheffield, the city where i'm at university, but they had to cancel it for lack of interest. i am determined to learn but when i ask greeks about things they are not prepared to talk about things in depth, maybe because they get bored, they dont 'know' the rules, or can't even see why i'm so interested. the only greek i know who doesn't speak english is my boyfriend's mum, so i can't practice much for real with native speakers as i did with spanish, learning things piece by piece. anyway, if anyone could help from time to time with questions i have, i would be really really appreciative, i would be absolutely delighted. the idea of meeting a real teacher of modern greek seems fantastic!

one question i have right now is...... how do i know when to use 'mou' and when to use 'me'? obviously one is direct and one indirect but.... i can see that with 'to say' you always(?) use 'mou', but how do you know for example that it is

μου έχει τηλεφωνήσει
με είχε καλέσει ?

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Yeia sas, newbie here [Apr. 4th, 2005|08:02 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |"Great Ocean Road" by The Gathering]

Yeia sas, I just found this community and wanted to say hello. My name's Elizabeth and I'm half-Greek (Ionian, to be more specific). I used to speak Greek when I was younger (and in Greek school), but after moving to a unilingual city my Greek has fallen into great disuse and I barely understand any nowadays.

Anyway, since this community seems to be in need of some posting... I just thought I'd ask: what are the differences between the Greek used in Cyprus and the Greek used in Greece? Is the difference as stark as, say, the difference between European and Canadian French, or European and Brazilian Portuguese? Furthermore, are there great dialect gaps even within Greece? Is there an organisation for keeping a standard Greek? Also, are there any equivelants of a Bescherelle for the Greek language?

Thanks. :)
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*switches on microphone* [Jan. 24th, 2005|08:59 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Ella Fitzgerals - A Foggy Day]

Well, hello and welcome to ellinika! I'm your friendly but not necessarily present (as you may have noticed) community creator.

I created this community - almost two years ago - as a way for gwydhel and myself to practise our Greek, but somehow I never did anything else and eventually I forgot about it. I find it amusing that people actually have joined the community when I have done nothing to promote it.

The plan was to use the community as practise ground for students of the Modern Greek language, and for discussions of Modern Greek language, literature, politics, culture and related subjects.

Now I wonder whether there is any interest for such a community, or does any such community already exist (without me knowing it?!) ?

So, any ideas?
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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2005|05:35 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]

yia sas! my name is cory and i'm 1/4 greek. my father is half greek, and my grandfather was a fullblooded greek. i live in america but the majority of my family lives in greece. i really really really want to learn the language so if anyone here is willing to teach me i would be SO greatful. thanks, bye!
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(no subject) [Jul. 27th, 2004|03:29 pm]
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[mood |boredbored]

Yia sas! My name is Christina and I live in America. My parents are both Greeks born in Greece, but I was born here. Ego eimai 16 hronon. I can't wait until the Olympics! I'll be rooting for Greece and America.
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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2004|03:17 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Yia sou! Me lene Katarina Kontos!
Right now I am on my way to Portugal to cheer on my Greek National Soccer team in the Euro-Cup final which happens on Sunday. I live in Athens with my husband and son, I am 28 years old.

GO Greece Go!

I thought you should know that Jennifer Aniston is Greek, her real lastname is Anistonakos and she changed it because she thought she wouldn't get far with a Greek last name.
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(no subject) [Jun. 27th, 2003|12:25 pm]
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Geia se ollous tous ellines!! Pou eiste oloi?
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Γεια [Feb. 26th, 2003|08:30 am]
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Γειά σας, παιδιά!
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