The early bird catches the sun-lounger….

Hmmm, where should I put my towel??

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my new Mediterranean lifestyle so far are the daily trips to the beach. This part of the world is to say the least, spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. We tend to go quite early in the morning, not so much to avoid the hoards, but more to stay out of the scorching midday sun.

Today, we were particularly νωρίς (early) and had the whole place to ourselves. The water was crystal clear and less choppy than the last couple of days. By the way, in case you’re wondering, the lovely lady in the photo is my other half, who I shall call T, at this point. I shall reveal more later, but for now, let’s say that she’s the one to blame for me having to put up with this new tough life in the Med.

Enough waffle, here are my words of the day.

  • χόντρος – fat – (ho-dross)
  • νέος – new – (nay-oss)
  • παραλία -beach – (para-lee-a)
  • ακούω – I listen/hear – (a-koo-o)
  • λέξη – word – (lex-ee)
  • δέντρο – tree – (thed-row)

Playing catch up

Welcome to Greece Is The Word! ( do you get the pun?)

My original idea was to do a daily digest of the day’s events, words I’ve learnt etc.  So, four days into my Odyssey I have a bit of catching up to do. I’m trying desperately to get to grips with the language so my idea is that I will post any new words, concepts or insights here, therefore, hopefully solidifying any memories in my middle-aged brain.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of all the new words I’ve picked up since Sunday.

Feel free to add your comments, opinions etc!

(a couple of notes, I’ve included the Greek and English translations for new words of the day. I’ve also included a column for my own mnemonics/notes for the particular word or phrase. If you’re unfamiliar with this learning style, check out, which I’m currently addicted to. It’s a powerful way to learn pretty much anything, by forcing you to use mnemonics as memory aids)

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