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Now that I am getting older, I realize how important my Greek heritage is. So, I've made it my mission to learn more about it. One of the things I want to do is get better at Greek. And sure, I know I can use language programs - but it seems to me that learning it while in the country might be a little easier. I know that a 2 or 3 week trip won't make me fluent, but I bet it can give me a really good head start. Do you guys have any tips for how I can immerse myself in the Greek language while I am in the country?


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Use Greek only menus, try to read the Greek words before the English words when looking at signs, speak Greek whenever you can, go to only Greek speaking areas (these will be outside of touristy areas).

If you really focus on not using English then you'll be surprised how much you can learn in 2-3 weeks. People say that it's easiest to learn a language before 4 years old, but I disagree.


Actually being there and seeking out people who only speak Greek, will help you immensely. During a conversation, you will be forced to dredge up ANY words that you know in order to get your point across. “Sign” language helps, as well as a good mutual laugh when the going gets tough. I once had no word in the spur of the moment for “refrigerator” when presented with an elegant and quite perishable gift, so I said that we had «κρύο στο δωμάτιο» (cold in the room) which was well understood, but mutually VERY funny at the time! I have poured through books and language apps. In the past I’ve brought “cheat sheets” for phrases that I know that I’ll have to use (ie. dining, hotels etc.) but the things I remember best are when I am speaking with a non-English speaker. As mentioned before, you might find such people in non-tourist areas, the villages, or even in the cities, connected with family-run operations in which not every family member speaks English. I really applaud you for wanting to preserve your very special heritage. Your effort will definitely be noticed and appreciated. Καλή τύχη!


This is all some great advice! I am kind of in a similar situation where I am brushing up on my Greek now. I learned it when I was a kid, but my skills never really evolved. I am going to try some of the things mentioned in this thread, as well!

Fasting or Giving Something Up for Lent

Orthodox Christian Lent started today... I am curious - what do people here do for it? Many people I know "give something up" other people "Fast" according to the prescribed church fast.

I am not sure what I want to do this year. It is hard following the fast, but also not too bad because I don't eat a lot of meat.. I might want to do something that feels a bit more personal...

Kalikantzaros - Spooky Christmas Tradition

I am learning a bit more about Greek Christmas traditions, and I just bumped into something pretty spooky - the kalikantzaros, which are Christmas goblins. What really strikes me as that they aren't cutesy Christmas goblins. They appear to be pretty mean! Does anyone know more about them? They are a part of folklore not only in Greece apparently, but also in Serbia, Bulgaria, etc. I would love for you guys to share what you know about them.

Etiquette and what wear to a Greek wedding?

I am scheduled to go to a Greek wedding in a few months and I am trying to figure out the etiquette of what to wear. It is a Greek-Canadian wedding, fairly traditional in a Greek church with a reception after. Both the bride and groom are Greek-Canadian.

I need advice for wardrobe for men and women, as well as kids. The wedding is in the afternoon, the reception at night. The wedding is in early June. There are no instructions on the invitation on how to dress.

Gifts for visiting people in Greece ideas

I am visiting Greece this summer and will be staying with people. I want to give them a gift of appreciation! Is this something that is customary? If so, what should I give? They are friends that I met on vacation once, and we kept in touch. They stayed with me for a bit a few years ago and brought some wine from Greece. They didn't have to do that but was happy they made the gesture. Any ideas besides wine?

Would Love to Experience the Greek Kalanda Tradition!

I would love to experience the Greek Kalanda tradition for myself in Greece. Does anyone have any advice on how to make that happen this year? I plan to go to Greece in a few weeks to visit some people and hope to see this first-hand. It seems like a really great tradition.
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