After more than three weeks of waking up multiple times each night to microwave Bug’s three-hourly meals, you’ll understand that my energy levels are low, and that work has piled up to an absurd height. Today I have to start clearing a path through it, before the weekend when the petting zoo is closed, meaning 48 hours of non-stop feeding and shovelling dung.
Apologies, by the way, to anyone who has emailed but not gotten a reply. For instance, Suzanne, who writes often but gets responses much less frequently, sometimes in a monthly batch.
That said, this week she commented on our Ancient Greek ebook (details in the P.S. – Offer ends Sunday!) and had a couple of A.G. courses to recommend to fellow club members – one free and one paid – along with some general chat about learning Italian.
I spied an opportunity to catch two pigeons with one bean, as Italians would say – a marketing pigeon and its time-saving wingman – so am copying and pasting Suzanne’s email in its entirety here below. Pigeon soup tonight!
Were you to want to add your two cents’ worth, or just to agree or disagree with what Suzanne writes, the best way to do that would be to comment on this article (rather than writing to me, as I’ll likely be scrubbing biberons, or sleeping.)
Click this link, scroll down to the end, and fill in the box. Your email is required but won’t be published. Comments may not be visible for several hours, so be patient.
I’ll be buying the book on the history of Greek-Italian. Delightful addition to your very linguistically rich arsenal.
Please advise your list that ancient Greek is not modern Greek and that there is another “ancient” Greek that is biblical Greek.
This ancient Greek language course is free and should be top notch considering Harvard and Brandeis profs:
This is the one I’m taking at present. It may be the price listed because I’m a member. I pay 40.00 every three months and can take as many courses as I like plus get discounts on gifts. The Greek 101 Prof is very good. He’s entertaining but moves rather fast ,so one must review and keep up, the two necessities for progressing in any language. Analogous in some degree to how Russian ballerinas spend a year just turning at the bar.
There are testimonials if anyone is interested in checking them.
Greek is no worse than Italian for complexity. On the site, Cyberitalian, the headmistress advises: “There are many exceptions to Italian rules because this reminds you there is a rule. And the more exceptions the stronger the rule.”
I sent this to my brother who has made about 1% progress in Italian as he lives in Sardinia and is unaware that the “Italian” he hears is either Sard or Italo-Spanish because he lives in Alghero where many Spanish emigrated years ago. He said it made him nauseous. I’ve tested him and he can’t even conjugate Essere in its entirety.
Recently, he told me that a man from Florence came to visit his neighbors and he couldn’t understand one word the man spoke. I told him that this is because he was speaking standard Italian which is the Florentine dialect, chosen because it was the language of Dante. Yet, he will no doubt gain Italian citizenship as our ancestors were born there. He’s also very wealthy so he hires people to communicate for him in certain situations.
He once asked me why Italians buy so much ricotta. I told. him to ask them at the market. I sent him the question in Italian. He said that wouldn’t work because he wouldn’t be able to understand the reply. So I told him to eat a lot of ricotta and maybe he will find the answer by culinary osmosis.
P.S. EBook ‘Easy Reader’ -25% OFFER ENDS SUNDAY!
Don’t forget this week’s new ‘easy reader’ ebook, which is 25% off the usual price, but only until Sunday!!
Thousands of Italian words derive from Ancient Greek, lots of them with meanings that are specific to medical, scientific or academic fields, but many others in day-to-day use (in English, too!)
This short but fascinating ebook offers a quick cultural/linguistic catch-up for students who didn’t attend an Italian ‘liceo classico’, as the author presumably did.
Here, important Ancient Greek words are grouped in eight topic areas, for example Chapter 5, which focuses on ‘Relazioni e sentimenti’. You’ll be familiar, of course, with Éros, Filía, Phóbos, and Páthos, but what of Gaméo?
“Il matrimonio era una delle istituzioni su cui si basava la società greca. Di solito le ragazze si sposavano a partire dai dodici anni, mentre i ragazzi qualche anno più tardi. Il verbo gaméo (γαμέω) significa “sposarsi”. Da questo derivano parole come “monogamia” e “poligamia”. Una persona monogama è sposata con un unico (mónos) individuo, mentre una poligama ha molti (polys) mariti o mogli.”
Motivating Italian reading and listening practice, memorable insights into Italian (and English) vocabulary, as well as a rich source of triva with which to quiz family, friends, or colleagues!
Check out the free sample chapter to verify whether this material is suitable for your current level in Italian.
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- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- At the end, some exercises to check what you’ve learnt!
- Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
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