Kilkis wrote:Having lived in northern Greece for several years, when people on Crete don't understand my Greek I just assume it is my Pontiak accent/dialect. If you can't understand someone try asking them "Είσαι Πόντιος;"
PS If it's a large bloke who you don't know and who has had a few in a bar it might be best not to?
bobscott wrote:Likewise. Having spent time studying the BBC Linguaphone course before coming to live here, I was baffled by the 'ch' (as in cheese) sound when clearly the word had a couple of K's in it (like Kokkino Horio which comes out as Kochino Horio in Cretan). Even more baffling was the place name Chefala which turned out to be Kefalas! I put it down to Venetian influence from a long time ago but people more erudite than I rejected that proposal. Not that they had anything to put in its place! Long live Cochineal! Bob
That's palatalization for you, bob! Still, that's easy for me to say ....
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