Friday, 17 June 2016

ντολμάδες or ντομάτες



How often do I really say “Good morning, how are you? Remembering whether it’s to someone I know or the polite version. I’m more likely to say “Okay?, Alright?, Cheers, Fine?” So is it any wonder some of the Greek answers in return don’t match up to the BBC’s guide to Greek language and people. So when you’ve prepared yourself to say Tι κάvεις; or tikanete; and you get και εσύ;Καλά; καλώς; εντάξει;  it just doesn’t prepare you for everyday speech.
And it’s not until you’ve advanced onto conjugations and future tense that the penny drops. It’s fascinating once you get the hang of it. Have you also noticed that what you say and hear in Kefalos isn’t the same in Kos town? Don’t let it stop you it’s a bit like the difference between Somerset and Newcastle same language, different dialects and a few variations.

Things can get a bit more difficult though when you’ve left your hearing aid at home and manage to mispronounce words and hear the wrong thing in return to find what you thought was ντολμάδες comes back to you as ντομάτες both stuffed but not the same at all. But keep speaking Greek it’s worth it and very exciting.