It wasn’t very long ago that I would have had no idea and would have assumed either of these phrases was something nice. I often joked that Leo would be coming home from school speaking Greek while we all smiled and said how clever he was, when in reality he could be swearing and saying all sorts of things and we would have no idea!
Although we’ve been trying to teach Leo as much as we can at home, it’s important to me to learn the language myself.
I want to be able to understand letters and information sent home from his school.
I want to be able to help him with his homework.
I want to be able to talk to his teachers and not struggle to understand what is going on.
I want to show him that learning other languages is a good thing to do and to make him feel at home–rather than a “Brit abroad.”
My parents are also learning Greek; they attend a weekly lesson and also learn at home the same way I do, with Rosetta Stone. I’ve written much on my blog about my experiences so far with the course, which are all good. I’ve just got my Mum set up to use the program too. I think her original plan was to learn from Leo as he gets older, but she’s decided to get a head start!
I’m sure she won’t mind me saying this, but it’s been a few years since my mum was at school, and learning new things does not come as easy as it once did. We often joke about her mispronouncing things, and it’s a family pastime to have a laugh and joke (in a nice way!) at her expense, but I must say I’m very impressed with how well she is doing.
Considering the fact that it’s not just learning a language—Greek has a whole new alphabet to contend with—mum actually seems to have overtaken my Dad with what she has learnt with Rosetta Stone. And this is no mean feat as he has often been referred to as the “font of all knowledge”!
We still get to laugh, though, as we hear the brilliant things that come into her head when trying to remember words: …..
Αγγλικά (Anglika) – ugly car being one that springs to mind!
In case you were wondering…….
Σ ‘αγαπώ μαμά – I love you Mum
μαμά μυρίζεις – Mum you smell!
(and I’m pleased to say I only had to Google it to double check the spellings!)