One of the most important things I had to convince myself about being able to live in Greece, was to feel comfortable. That meant, a home in a good location. Friends with whom I can share life’s ups and downs. But one of the most important things to me, was to be able to feel I could actually learn the language. While English is widely spoken (at least on some level), it is my responsibility living here, to be able to speak and understand Greek.
To that end, I’ve been studying and making progress, but it’s challenging. Today, I learned there were two different words to say, the last thing I do today, or last week I did. I have also learned you make/do a lesson. You don’t say to a friend “let’s go for a coffee”. Instead you say, “let’s drink a coffee.” You aren’t sleepy. You take a sleep. Or what I had previously learned, you have sleep. You don’t talk about your house’s garden, but rather the garden of the house.
The challenge I face now, is learning phrases (or as my teacher calls it, the interlanguage) that is used in common speech. Part of gaining fluency. I know in my head that this is something that is going to go on for the rest of my life, but my kefi is feeling a bit dispirited.
I guess it helps somewhat knowing that in rating of difficulty of language learning, Greek is 3rd most difficult language to learn.
Leave me a comment of what you think the first two are.