Yesterday was my last day of Greek Week! It’s a fun language with a nifty (and not too intimidating) alphabet. I have really enjoyed this week, even if I am still in the very early stages of learning. I can introduce myself, ask some simple quesitons and respond (“What languages do you speak?” “I speak ~”) be polite, count to 10, and slooooowly sound out my way through a sign (even if I have no idea what it means). I also now know what Greek sounds like, which is a large step in and of itself. Also, interestingly, the Greek words that absolutely won’t leave my mind are “good morning” Καλημέρα (Kalimera) and “good evening” καλησπέρα (Kalispera). I don’t know why except they’re fun to say and kind of rhyme. But even when I’m not actively studying Greek, those phrases will pop into my head.
I want to do another Greek Week in the future where I can expand what I already know. At this point, though, I plan to tread water for a bit. I will add a little bit of Greek to my language routine to not lose everything I’ve learned – Drops and re-listening to Pimsleur and the Learning Greek: A Modern Odyssey podcast.
My goal for my final day was to learn how to talk about jobs. Teach Yourself did NOT have any information that I could find about this (more about my disappointment with Teach Yourself below) so I had to seek out different resources. Luckily, Learn Greek with Lina had a video about professions and Greek Boston had a helpful post as well. So I studied “What do you do?,” “I am,” “He/she is,” “you are,” “doctor,” “lawyer,” “nurse,” “teacher,” and “engineer.” I had already learned “I am” and “you are” before, but I included them anyway because they were part of my target sentences for the day.