More interesting things about the Greek language.

There are 3 o’s yet the lower case sigma is actually an s in the middle of the word with another letter actually being s at the end of the word. Face is a very interesting word as it starts pr then has the 3 o’s in it then p and o. At least I think it does. Prosomo I believe the word is hence prosthetics etc.
Today I learnt what makes the f sound in words but I haven’t figured out how to use the Greek keyboard I downloaded yet. It’s essential in words like adelefia, adelfos and adelfi. Which are siblings, brother and sister. I already know that pi is p and rho is r which is helping in spelling too. Along with the fact that lambda is l. I’m still getting there with v being n and what looks to be an n but is an i. There fact there is no j in Greek means that June, July and January are spelt iou and pronounced like there counterparts in French. The fact that there is no b, it a v sound instead, makes it interesting when you want to spell February etc.
Some words make sense like kakos meaning bad but then you come across words like pig gourouni and pork choipino which I cannot say what so ever. Pork I’m working on at its an x but the g sound is gutteral so i struggle.
Alpha, is pretty easy an a, beta is fine when you realise it’s actually vita even though the symbol is b, gamma I can deal with as it’s g, delta, fine as it’s d, however its sound is th which just needs to be remembered, epsilon is a bit tricky as I never know which e is the right one, zeta which is z, eta, which is h takes a bit of work, theta is the th sound which is an odd concept that a sound is also a letter, iota is i but we tend to use it as a word, kappa is k and again a word for us, lambda is l but the symbol is an upside y, mu is m, ni is n, xi ch sound like helona (turtle) , omicron is o so pretty straight forward, pi p which we all know from maths, rho r which can be quite confusing as it looks like a p and I quite frequently forget, sigma s which mathematicians know as sum but looks a handwritten o and is also the name of a band, tau t and it’s a lazy persons t, ypsilon y and looks like it, which needs more work on it as I’m getting y and g mixed up in spelling, phi another sound ph just starting and looks really weird, chi ch same here, psi is x or ps (psari) fish or (psomi) bread which is very strange and the symbol even more so, omega which looks like a curvy w, is another one of the o’s, so 24 letters in all but without a j or c as they use k instead and with sounds included as well as letters. A lot of duplication too with all the e’s, o’s etc.

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Thinking in pictures

It’s not only temple Grandin who does this. I do this too although my version relates to movies, tv shows and pretty much anything else I see. I’m very observant far more than the average person although this does not extend so much to social obligations etc. So many things go on in my brain that it’s difficult to make sense of them all so I try to use media references as a mental shortcut like clichés but this frequently doesn’t work as the person in question is unlikely to have seen the relevant program. I also try to be honest and truthful where ever possible but this frequently backfires since people are so used to spin. It actually hurts to hear the truth as it’s untactful. So my conversations tend to be short monologues where I reveal too much and offend or I don’t talk and it’s just too socially awkward so I leave as im just too anxious to continue. Either way this ends up with few friends and I know very little about them due to my inability to participate in reciprocal conversation.

Lefkas/lefkada

This is a Greek ionian island that not many people know about. I have been visiting this island with my boyfriend, fiancee and finally husband. I stay with his parents at there villa on the hill above Nidri. They have a tourist rental company http://www.5star-villas.com. This year has had its ups and downs like all years. We have a good team to help out this year so we have not been too rushed off our feet like in previous years. All the villas are up and running save for any problems that may occur. We have some bookings from Olympic holidays already this year and hope to have many more over the course of the year. It is a lovely, warm and friendly island that will welcome you back time and again. It has places to chill out at like cafe di paris in Nydri and places to eat like the pinewood also in Nidri. A good place to drink is the tree bar further along the coast but still in Nydri.

Learning greek step 2 relations, days, numbers, fruit, vegetables, greetings,

Mother (miteras) went to market (agora) on Monday (leftera) at one (ena) and she bought a potato (patatas). On Tuesday (triti) she went at two (duo) and got a tomato (domato). On Wednesday she went at three (traya) and purchased a cucumber (agouri). On Thursday (pempti) at four (tessera) she acquired a pineapple (ananas). On Friday (paraskivi) at five (pende) she paid for a strawberry (fraoula). On Saturday (sabbato) at six (exi) she put the orange (portakali) on the account (timeloggia). On Sunday (keriake) at seven (efta) she paid the bill (to logathrihamo) for the apple (milya).

Next ( ) week (ethomarda)  the father (pateras) went at eight (octo) and bought salt (alati), flour (alevri), lamb (arni), some processed meats (alandika), artichoke (engelarda), whole meal flour (olikes aleses aleuri) and coffee (cafe).

The following ( ) week, the siblings (adelefia) went at nine (eneigha) and bought water (nero), lemon (lemonia), fig (sikia), cherry (kerasia), fillet (filleta), chicken (kotopoulo) and milk (yalla).

The week after ( ), the sister (adelphi) went on her own at ten (deka) and got a courgette (kolathakia?), a beer (bira), a salt shaker, (alatera), a feta pie (cheropiter), a spinach pie (spinacopiter), a yellow cheese pie (kasiopeter) and grapes (stafila).

In another ( ) week, the brother (adelfos) also went on his own at eleven (deka ena) and shopped (psimo? ) for prawns (garathes), fish (psari), cheese (tyri), dill (anethos), cod (balin), anchovy (andrewya) and rose water (anthonero).

Penultimately ( ) the grandmother (yiayia) went to the shop ( ) at twelve (deka duo) and got some almonds (amegthala), an artichoke ( ), alcohol (alcohol), pea (arakas), endive (avtidi), eggs (auga), pear (axladi).

Finally ( ) the grandfather (pateras?) went to town (poli) for he needed some worms (skulinki) for he liked fishing (PSARIA?), birds (pouli) as he was a keen aviary enthusiast ( ), a deer (elafi) as he wanted to start a nature reserve (ethnico parko?), a pig, (ouruni?) As he wished there to be a farm ( ),

Next month (Mina) when she and her husband (andros) went to the local restaurant (taverna) she wanted (thelo) tzasiki, battered courgettes, (kollathackia), chips or fried potatos, (patatas de canines), as starters ( opetika), but he was hungry (penow), so they decided they wanted to have it all together (ol la mazi), so they received the red wine (kokkino), white wine (aspro/lefko), the pepper steak medium rare (filleta pepperata metrio kokkino) and battered cod (balineros) as soon as it was ready.The waiter wished them a good apetite (karioxsi), and when they were finished ( ) they said it was very tasty (poli nostomos). They had a dessert of baklava( ).

Next year (chronos) for her birthday (chorina) she visted the local supermarket (supermarket) and got () a chair (karekla?), a table (trapezi?), ( ).

At new year (kronia polya) she inspected a garden shed (abetheki) and added it to her home (dos spiti).

Learning greek weather, colours, sizes, point of view

This is quite interesting if you like to look at origins and roots of words. For instance you have dendrology which is the study of trees. Now here is the my big fact greek wedding bit, tree comes from the Greek dendro, and logias means the study of . Same with paleontology. Paleo means old and combined with logias you get the study of old things. This even extends to anemometer which is a device that measures wind speed. This comes from anemo meaning wind and there are lots of words in greek that are similiar like wind (o animos), air (uairas), breeze (to araki) which makes sense. Gale (e feela) is slightly different as is hurricane (atwophoneus).Tornado (airotofelo) is like wind and then more which is to be expected.

As you can tell from the weather (kaipos) slant I’m English (anglika) and this is our national obsession. We don’t like talking about feelings or other people’s business so we describe the weather around us in great detail. After all there is only so many times you can say hello (yiassus), how are you (te canis), good (kala). Weather helps to expand the conversation as it’s so varied and even in the Greek summer (kalokairi ) you can talk about the wind as I previously went into great detail, sun, (oelas) and amount of sunshine (e lekada), clouds (to sinifoe), temperature ( ) whether it’s cold or hot, (krio or zesty), humidity (eraseea) or the possibility of a storm (katayeda) with rain (vroxi), hail (to hailazie) or sleet (xiolinero).

In the mountains (vouno ) of Greece (ellas) in the winter ( himonas) time you could even get fog (yomeekly), ice (pagos), frost (pagni) or even snow (xioli). But you might say the weather was good (kalos), average (metrios), OK (endaxi) or bad (kakos) depending on your perspective.

Discussions during the day (mera) focus on blue (bleh) sky (ouranios ) clouds and sun, while during the night (nita) on the moon (feggari ) and stars (asteri ).

You can even have the degree, big (megala), small (mikro), little (ligo), medium/average (metrio), many/very, (poli).

You can even bring colours into the conversation and talk about the ground ( ) looking silver (asinme), white (aspro/lefko), grey/gray (gri), brown (cafe) or black (mavro). The Saharan red rain (kokkino vroxi?) that they sometimes get in the spring (anoixe ) is also a good talking point. Or you could remark that the plants are looking very green (poli brasino) after some rain or even that the flowers (loulandi) have opened ( ) up after being closed (klepto? ) for so long ( ). If your lucky you will even get a rainbow (ouranio toxo ) In the autumn (fternino? ) . Sunsets can be described as yellow (kitrino), orange (portokali), pink (roze) and possibly even purple (mauve), if you get a really good one (Poli kala ena?) However a big, black, rain cloud is not megala mavro vroxi sinnefo as far as I know [as that would just be too easy].

The Isolation of Aspergers

Totally I know what you mean.

Everyday Asperger's

Sometimes having Aspergers is the scariest thing in the world—not the name, or label, or stigmatism the word brings, not even the essence of Aspergers itself, but what it represents in my soul.

No matter how many friends I have, or people I confide in or reach out to, no matter how far I go in my search of self or how many ways I accomplish goals for relief, I end up back at the starting line. Facing forward with the force of the world against me.

Only someone with Aspergers will know what I mean; people not on the spectrum will think they can understand; they will look at their own depth, take in what they know, decipher their inventory, but with all of me I know it is impossible to understand the pain of Aspergers unless you have directly experienced it.

There is nothing more isolating than knowing…

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