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greek_ggirl

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I would love to leverage my Greek speaking ability in the job market and see where my skills can be most valuable in the future. I am still in school now, so I am not looking for a job quite yet but I am just curious what everyone else's experience has been. Is Greek a useful language to know outside of Greece?
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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That's going to be difficult, especially if you don't speak fluent Greek. Your best bet would be in Germany in a financial institution that deals with Greeks, a flight attendant, or the shipping industry. You could do credit analysis at one of the big three credit firms (moody's, fitch, S&P), and hope to cover Greece? This is really tough because Greek is not like Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc...
 
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seleanor

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That's going to be difficult, especially if you don't speak fluent Greek. Your best bet would be in Germany in a financial institution that deals with Greeks, a flight attendant, or the shipping industry. You could do credit analysis at one of the big three credit firms (moody's, fitch, S&P), and hope to cover Greece? This is really tough because Greek is not like Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc...
You're exactly right. I know many Greek American's that have become flight attendants, but Greek doesn't seem to be very useful outside of the tourism industry.
 

k_tsoukalas

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I would love to leverage my Greek speaking ability in the job market and see where my skills can be most valuable in the future. I am still in school now, so I am not looking for a job quite yet but I am just curious what everyone else's experience has been. Is Greek a useful language to know outside of Greece?
You actually could make extra money while you're in school as an online tutor for Greek. This will give you experience professionally working with the Greek language, and for things like translation, etc. It's good for the resume. Platforms:



 

These are the most common words in Greek

This list is extremely helpful for anyone visiting Greece. Learning a bit of Greek can be a little intimidating, especially since some of the sounds don't exist in other languages. I suggest that you at least learn a few words to get by, since it is also a kind gesture when visiting a foreign country. Let me know if you like this video! And if you think these words are easy to learn!

"Remember When" is a great Greek family tv show!

I just discovered this very cute and family oriented Greek tv sitcom called "Remember When" or "Ta Kalitera Mas Xronia" (our best years). The show follows a family from the perspective of a young boy and shows the trials and tribulations of a Greek family in the late 60's. The show touches on many important issues such as religion, finances and relationships. It's a great insight into what was going on in Greece at the time. You can watch the show for free here: https://www.ertflix.gr/en/series/ser.127653-ta-kalytera-mas-chronia

Listen to this beautiful song covered by Xaris Alexiou

Xaris Alexiou does a beautiful rendition of the song Barbagiannakakis. It seems that this video clips from a movie, so if anyone knows where it's from I would really appreciate it. I believe the song was originally written and sung by Andonis Diamantidis but I could be wrong, since many songs have just been passed around. This particular piece is a classic from Asia Minor.

Koufeta or boubounieres are the most popular Greek wedding favors

Koufeta which are also called boubounieres are Greek wedding and baptism favors. They are usually nuts covered in chocolate and wrapped in soul with a ribbon. The candies are usually white or pastel colored. They are handed out as a favour at the end of the wedding or baptism, and as a way to say thank you or remember the wedding or baptism. I see more and more families being a bit more creative with their favorites. Last year I went to a wedding where a small jars of honey or hand it out, it was very neat.

How formal are Greek weddings usually?

I'm going to a Greek wedding this summer as someone's plus one, and I really have no idea how to dress for the wedding. My date isn't really giving me a lot of advice, and she doesn't usually go to a lot of Greek weddings herself, so I'm a bit clueless. If anyone could give me advice on how formal Greek weddings usually are, I would really appreciate it.
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