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A new page about my podcast

September 18, 2010

Recently I decided to gather all my podcast episodes here….So anyone can have a direct access to all audio files that I have uploaded in other domains. The reason that I do not upload all these files straitly here is that I haven’t yet decided to move to web-hosting services , albeit I have registered already my own domain name.

Sunny Darko's podcast picture

So…for the moment you can listen all the podcast episodes here. There are only 12 episodes about various everyday situations where you can figure out  how to use  properly the language  in such cases. The text of these podcast episodes is not yet available on the podcast page, but you can download  here both the text and the MP3 files. For those who want to  upload  these MP3 files to a portable device so they can listen to them on the go …you can track them on the podcast Atom  Feed. As soon as I will move to another  podcast provider I will let you know about the new Feed address.

For those of you who are not using Openoffice  I can send them these documents in PDF format.

Well, this is almost a year was September 19 last year when  I created my first episode and I am thinking to make some improvements already. In order to do that I would like to have the necessary feedback from you,  the listeners of my podcast…It will be great if you could do specific suggestions about the upcoming episodes, p.e.  about what  you would like to hear  more, what kind of information about Greece is relevant to you or certain  questions that you would like pose about  Modern Greek language issues.

It be may interesting to make some episodes about  travel in Greece. It sounds like a tiny place, but actually it is quite big and covering a huge  space, with almost 3000 islands and a quite interesting mountainous mainland, cultural and geographic diversity. So, what do you think about it ?  Or you  would like to pick out another issue for a new podcast about Greece? I am looking forward to hear from you….


Ταβάνι ή νταβάνι

September 4, 2010

Senate ceiling, Wikimedia Commons

This is a  Modern Greek word for ceiling. Actually this is a Turkish word, since Turks use the same word for the same thing (Greek: ταβάνι ή νταβάνι , Turkish: tavan or davan). In Modern Greek language  there are quite many remnants of Turkish words and even expressions , due the Ottoman occupation of Greece for almost 400 years – p.e.  μποστάνι, βιλαέτι, αγάς, μπέης, φιρμάνι, μπαχτσές, ναργιλές  etc… Τhere is a strong possibility some of them  to be of real  Persian or Arabic origin and loan words both in Greek and Turkish languages.

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Αυτόν τον κόσμο τον καλό…

August 28, 2010

Αυτόν τον κόσμο τον καλό
τον χιλιομπαλωμένο
βρέ ράβε ξήλωνε ράβε ξήλωνε
δουλειά δουλειά δουλειά να μη σου λείπει

Αυτόν τον κόσμο τον καλό
άλλοι τον είχαν πρώτα
βρε γέλα φίλε μου γέλα φίλε μου
δεν είναι δεν είναι δεν είναι και για λύπη

Αυτόν τον κόσμο τον καλό
σ’ εμάς τον παραδώσανε
βρε τρέχα φίλε μου τρέχα φίλε μου
και μη και μη και μη βαριά το παίρνεις

Αυτόν τον κόσμο τον καλό
άλλοι τον καρτεράνε
βρε σκέψου φίλε μου σκέψου φίλε μου
την ώρα την ώρα την ώρα που θα φεύγεις

Which was the first opus in linguistics ever?

August 26, 2010
The ancient Greek Philosopher

In Public Domain (Wikimedia Commons)

This is a touch question, isn’t?  Sometimes I like to play with others. I try to make a point or to say something original.  I asked on this comment thread “Which Plato’s dialogue may be considered as one of the first linguistic opus ever written?”….No answer so far. Then I asked again

-Να το πάρει το ποτάμι; (idiomatic Greek expression meaning: May I reveal the answer?)

Still, no answer…Ancient Philosophy is a difficult subject for study, indeed. Surely we are not all experts in Ancient Greek  Philosophy, but Plato is considered as a milestone for the Western Civilization.

So far so good. What’s the big deal. Plato didn’t speak about I-pods, Internet, Global Government or biotechnology. Sure. So why do we need him for?

Maybe because he set the way that we ask questions today. And it is not an exaggeration to say that we ask his questions for our problems after 2500 years !

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Here’re The Resources To Learn Modern Greek! – “I kinda like languages” blog

August 12, 2010

Here’re The Resources To Learn Modern Greek! – “I kinda like languages” blog.

Follow the link above to see a very detailed post about resources of any kind  for learning Modern Greek language. Be sure that Lyzazel (the author of this blog) did a very good job himself creating an Alphabet lesson, but also some Grammar lessons. Most of the content suggested there is free and some of them I have already mentioned on my blog..But I am sure that you will find something useful there if you take a look.

How multiple projects can distract you

August 5, 2010

There are more than 2 years that I started again , more or less, seriously to study languages. Though the main motive for me to do so was  to edit and translate articles in Wikipedia. Mostly I contribute  to the Greek version, already more than 2 years and 5 months. Anyone who  reads Modern Greek can  see my contribution on my user page .

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10 days away from home

July 23, 2010

After a period of 10 days in Slovakia I actually came back home  the 13th of July. The Esperanto meeting in SES 2010 was quite interesting and productive, at least I feel that way. I have already written all about it  in my Greek blog, both for the meeting and my impressions from the country.

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