Oh yes. Learning Greek is really hard, I have to admit. A couple of weeks ago, after some delay due to earthquakes in Ioannina (that was a whole different experience…), my Greek lessons started at the University. In a mixed group of around 12 students, we get lessons during 5 days a week.
Some of the students are already speaking Greek, but luckily I am not the only one that is starting from scratch. It is so weird to learn how to read and write again. It feels like you are a 6 years old kid, trying to understand the letters and how to pronounce them. Let alone write…
The Greek language is very rich. They have sometimes up to 3 different words for the same thing! It has all to do with how you want to express yourself. But for a foreigner it doesn’t make things easier. I can imagine there should be some great poetry around, but well. Before I am able to read on that level, it will take me some years I guess.
For now I just really want to learn to communicate with the people around me. To understand what they are talking about. Yes, in Greece many people talk English. That is great. Compared to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy or even Germany, the level of English is so much better. But still: to really understand the country, the culture and the people, I want to talk in their own language. And that means: study study study. Read children books, listen to the Greek radio, force Dimitris to speak Greek instead of English and practice every day. I still have the feeling I am not doing any better than a few weeks ago but probably I am mistaken. I am able now to say where I am from, what I study and where I live ;).
I guess I have to be happy with the baby steps I am taking… Exactly as I said in the beginning: like a little kid trying to learn how speak, read and write. Let’s hope it also rewinds the wrinkles ;).