‘Cause the whole world, loves it when you’re going down… (AKA How could I forget?!?)

Greek, Levantine Arabic
So, in my post on lexical similarities between Levantine Arabic and Greek I talked about the uber-dramatic (but not uncommonly used) "you broke the world" (χάλασε τον κόσμο in Greek, خربت الدنيا in Levantine). What I forgot to mention was that the word دنيا (dinye in Levantine, dunya in Egyptian) is itself used in Greek.  Ντούνιας (dounias) means "world" in Greek as well, and is used in certain fixed expressions with a more poetic or metaphorical meaning.  For example, the phrase σ'αυτό το ντούνια (safto to dounia) literally just means in this world but, with the feeling and the weight of it added in, would translate to something more like "in this world of ours". And now, just because I teased you with the title...have some Outkast: [embed]https://youtu.be/udmTfK6_aM8[/embed]   PS: I…
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Be well!

General language learning, Greek, Levantine Arabic
Languages of Life had post recently entitled "The verb سلم/يسلم" all about, as you might guess if you read Arabic script, the verb silem and it's various uses. If you're studying Arabic make sure to check out the original post as it's very worthwhile, but I want to pull out a couple of points that will be of interest to people who are learning or who speak Greek or Arabic. تسلم/تسلمي (tislam/tislami), which translates to “be well” is one of the many expressions for “thank you” that you’ll hear in the Levant. I’ve heard this expression used more frequently than شكرا (shukran) when indicating thanks. There's a phrase used to mean both thank you, and as a response to thank you in Greek: να'σαι/να'στε καλά (nase/naste kala...from να + είσαι/είστε…
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Lexical similarities between Greek and Levantine Arabic

Lexical similarities between Greek and Levantine Arabic

General language learning, Greece, Greek, Levantine Arabic
One of the reasons I choose Levantine as the variety of Arabic I wanted to study, aside from my fascination with Lebanon as a francophone, and the widespread intelligibility of the language due to Lebanese media, was the interaction since ancient times between the Levant as it's traditionally understood today (Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Cyprus, Israel) and the wider historical Levant, essentially the eastern Mediterranean including Egypt and Greece. [caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Yes, what I'm saying is essentially Mr. Robot is the human embodiment of the wider Levant.  Seriously, Google Rami Malek.[/caption] Now of course in almost no case of extended contact between two language groups does either language emerge completely uninfluenced by the other (hell, the entire Balkan Sprachbund is a testament to the power of areal influence…
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Beautiful Syros, Greece

Beautiful Syros, Greece

Greece, Greek
Greeks live for summer vacation.  Even in a country that gets an average of more than 250 days of sunlight per year you need something to sustain you through the dreary winter months, and for Greeks it's the promise of a few days out of the city every year.  This year my wife and I went to Syros, located in the Aegean sea. All of Greece is beautiful, but if you plan a trip try and make sure you get to at least one or two of the islands as well as the mainland.  You won't regret it. [gallery link="file" ids="138,147,145,144,143,142,141,140,139"]
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Transparent Language Greek Blog

General language learning, Greek
Transparent Language is a company that specializes in education products for a variety of languages, but one of my favorite offerings of theirs are their language blogs, which have a wealth of information on the idioms, slang, and culture(s) that informed and are informed by the languages in question. The Greek blog is no exception, from this post on the many uses of the word χαλάω (to break) to this one with video, a transcript, a quiz and an answer key this blog is an invaluable resource mainly for intermediate learners, but has tidbits that will be of interest and use to beginning and advanced learners as well. Transparent Language Greek Blog
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Curso de grego

Greek
Um simples curso para aprender expressões básicas em grego.  Tem o alfabeto grego e o alfabeto latino também, então pode usa-lo do começo mesmo que não sabe o alfabeto grego, PORÉM deve aprende-lo...Precisará de ele quando avançar e o alfabeto latino é um apoio desnecessário. Se procura algo que pode te ajudar aprender só algumas frases ou palavras, é uma boa ferramenta.  
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Sleepless in Athens

Sleepless in Athens

Greek
Is your Greek learning lacking that certain je ne sais quoi that only illicit romantic tension can bring? Do you find yourself thinking language learning would be more engaging if it involved Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (or their Greek analogs)? You do? Really? Wait...really?? ΟΚ...well, good news, because Papaloizos Publications has the dialogues from their Modern Greek textbook acted out and on YouTube for you! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1CB0013B4A5C3EB3[/embed] The dialogues follow Nikos and Anna, from their meet-cute in a museum, which is apparently filled with some kind of amnesiac gas because they ask each others' names about 500 times, to Nikos stalking Anna on the boardwalk, to their first date where Nikos drops a bombshell, to the fiery conclusion of their torrid, doomed affair through the rest of their questionably appropriate interactions.…
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Griego moderno en YouTube

Greek
¿Quieres aprender el griego pero no quieres hacerlo por medio de ingles? Bueno, te presento Juanjo Fantoso que te enseñará algunas básicas palabras y frases en griego. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZrFrWywdBn12Qc1x7XqECf65lyg63nt1[/embed]
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