Day OneJune 1, 2010
Learning Greek

Modern Greek: Underway!

I begin a new language, and I like it.

Day 1 of Greek began with my being awakened by the sounds of garbage trucks picking up Memorial Day weekend garbage. I didn’t mind as much as I might have on another day—I wanted to get going with the…

June 2, 2010 | Greek

Greek Day Two

In which I try out a bunch of different products and (so far) like them all.

The day began with more of the technical and logistical hurdles associated with the beginning of each new language. I had to set up my new iPod Shuffle, purchased yesterday after the tip of my old headset broke off in…

June 4, 2010 | Greek

Spanish Test Results In!

I am a little sad about my Spanish results, but Greek cheered me up.

Today I got my Spanish test results from ALTA Language Testing. I received a score of 9, described as “advanced,” on both the oral and written exams. The highest possible score is 12.  I have to say I was disappointed with…

June 4, 2010 | Greek

Greek: Some Materials to Learn By

Thoughts on being one's own Greek teacher, and tools you can use.

I am starting to feel pretty optimistic about my Greek prospects. And it also seems so useful. I didn’t study Latin or ancient Greek in school, but this encounter with the modern version of Greek—which, yes, I realize…

June 5, 2010 | Greek

On Greek Punctuation and Other Stuff

Musings on Greek semicolons, numbers, colors, and more.

I did a 5K race this morning in Central Park, organized by YAI Network, which works with people with developmental and learning disabilities. It seems like a great organization. Tina Fey was at the start, which made me happy, because…

June 6, 2010 | Greek

Rosetta Stone Emergency!

In which an urgent headset situation arises.

I woke up at 4:51 a.m. today and did the eighth lesson of Greek Pimsleur. It was already pretty light outside. I noticed an elderly couple from the adjacent building sitting out on their balcony. They didn’t appear to…

June 9, 2010 | Greek

Greek Vocabulary and a Free Learning Tool

I learn Greek words and visit an online language community.

I am doing a lot of yoga to give my foot a chance to recover after my last race. Having to switch from running to yoga is preventing me from doing Greek Pimsleur lessons while working out. Today I went…

June 11, 2010 | Greek

Greek: Going Great

I have so many different ways to learn Greek.

I am feeling very, very happy with all my Greek materials. Between Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, and my various books I have what feels like an endless supply of ways to learn. I couldn’t do any one of these things…

June 13, 2010 | Greek

Limping and Lisping

I encounter a couple of pronunciation challenges in Greek.

It has been eight days since my last run. Grumpily, I went to midtown this morning to swim; this is all part of my cross-training plan, to give my injured heels a chance to heal. I hope it works, because…

June 15, 2010 | Greek

Pimsleur Productivity, and Some Thoughts on Respect

There are too many ways to say "you" in this world.

I am doing at least a couple of hours of stretching daily, accompanied by Pimsleur to make it more palatable. All the stretching is helping my Greek skills, but I am not sure I am getting any more flexible, which…