The Questionable Usefulness of Pimsleur Modern Greek 1 for a Childless Non-Driver in Greece
June 24, 2011 § 5 Comments
I am enjoying learning Greek, of course, since it allows me to eavesdrop more efficiently on my neighbors.
It is marvelous, and I would not hesitate to use it to communicate with the natives in any barbaric non-Anglophone jungle I wandered into next.
Unfortunately, I have just spent the last few weeks patiently drilling conversations that force me to repeat such falsities and irrelevancies as the following:
I have a lot of dollars.
How much is it in dollars?
Do you have any dollars?
I live in America.
My family is in America.
I have five children, two boys and three girls.
The boys are big. The girls are small.
I have a car. I have a big car.
Is there gasoline in the car?
Put gasoline in the car, please.
It’s in my car.
My family is in the car.
I have one girl and two boys.
I have many children.
Do you have children?
Yes, that is my little girl.
My wife is in America.
And so on.
I have managed on my own to cobble together the sentence
Ένα αυτοκίνητο είναι πάρα πολύ ακριβό! (A car is too expensive!)
Δεν έχω παιδιά! (I don’t have children!)
But I really need more.
If you are a Greek speaker, please let me know how to say the following, which so far the Pimsleur method has not included in their lesson plans:
I have two stepchildren who live in England.
Me, I don’t have any children.
Sure, I’d like children.
You do go on about children.
Did my mother send you?
I have a scooter.
I’m not allowed legally to drive the scooter because it is one cc above the limit for driving without a scooter license, which no one told me until after I’d bought it.
No Greek, civilian or bureaucrat, can tell me how to get a scooter license.
I don’t have any dollars.
Who has dollars in Greece?
Come to think of it, who has euros in Greece?
My stepdaughter is small.
By which I mean she is taller than me.
I still weigh more. Much more.
None of your business.
Your lane is a meter farther right than you think it is, sir.
Do you still live with your mother?