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Language Lunes: Greek

February 28, 2011 1 comment

I love diner food. Specifically, I like eggs and turkey bacon and toast and someone else cleaning up the mess.  Now I’m not saying that I go to my local diner with any regularity, but the folks at my diner decided to teach me Greek (I live in Astoria, which is a pretty Greek area).  So far, I can say, “The food is very good, thank you for asking.”

Well, not quite.  Actually I can say the following things, sometimes even linked together:

  • hi/bye
  • How are you?
  • good
  • I am tired
  • thank you
  • you’re welcome
  • good night
  • one
  • two
  • three
  • very
  • little
  • I am learning Greek
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Language Lunes: Russian

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I love languages. I wish I knew a hundred of them. Or at least two. Unfortunately, I am not at all proficient at them. Nonetheless, I have picked up some words where I can. Here are all of the things I can say in Russian:

  • specibo
  • das vadanya
  • pravda
  • glasnost
  • yupfweamup

They mean, in order:

  • thank you
  • see you later
  • truth
  • glasnost
  • something so terribly dirty, that I don’t use any of the words in English, but roughly translates to the opposite of, “Go rappel from the womb that gave birth to you.”
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