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Oh the Greek was compulsory or I wouldn't have done it I hated some other compulsory languages more though. I dropped French and German and Latin as soon as I could, but one language aside from Dutch and English was required so I picked that one as the lesser evil. (Actually mostly because that is what most of my friends picked, it was that or Latin). I didn't hate it so much in the end though, and it is actually way more useful than you'd think. Lots of scientific names and medical terms and other technical lingo derived from it, it helped me lots with college subjects later.Feohw said:I've been 4 times, loved it. The history is one of the main draws for me. But I agree about the atmosphere and tourist experience. Wasn't a fan of that at all. I did get some free stuff though as they kept trying to get me to return to their shops again. I hate studying languages, so while I would love to learn Greek, I would hate the learning process. So not for me.
Haha. Its always funny to hear people try to pronounce Irish words. Even just names. I can see that it would be quite confusing, but having grown up with it it all comes naturally. I imagine a non-Irish speaker would be a tad confused by names like Ruaidhri, Caoimhe, Meadhbh, Siobhán and so on.
That is, ancient Greek though. It is kind of removed from the modern stuff, they even changed some portions of the alphabet so I'm not very good with even pronouncing or reading modern Greek, let alone getting at the meaning. It is rather disappointing how little fluency you get from 6 years of education if you aren't really into the language and motivated to learn it in the first place.
(Meanwhile 8 years of formal English education was totally pointless. What a complete waste of my time, everyone at the top of that class was self-taught and would have rather done something else than sit there, not open a book ever and get straight As nonetheless; while everyone that wasn't very proficient to begin with was lagging behind so much the fast-moving class that assumed you'd just pick half of the stuff up spontaneously from your environment - it was torture to them. What a mess.)
I know Siobhan because I know someone with that name (something like "shevan/shauvan right?), but the others I wouldn't have a clue o.o educate me, how would you spell that phonetically? I'm very eager to learn
You really should! (You know, if the costs allow it =#)CMB said:All this talk of Ireland and Scotland really makes me want to visit them at some point. It's the homeland of most of my ancestors, and I've heard it's absolutely beautiful.