are there any regional accents which Athenians for instance would find it genuinely hard to understand?
When we first arrived here we went to a language school for a "beginners'" course. When we told an electrician working at our house that we had to go to school next day he laughed his socks off and said, "They will teach you the Greek they speak in Athens. Go to the kafeneio and try to talk to people there. That will be better if you live here"freddie wrote:Is there much difference between Greek taught in language classes and that spoken by most Cretans?
freddie wrote:Also, are there any regional accents which Athenians for instance would find it genuinely hard to understand?
You don't need to go as far as a foreign country like Sfakia. A Cretan neighbour of ours (near Xania) told me he doesn't like shopping in Iraklio as he has difficulty understanding the shopkeepers. (And he's not an ancient dodderer like me but in his 30s).Jean wrote:I think that they'd have a pretty hard time following a conversation in Sfakian dialect. And so do I.
Ask a group of Cretans a question and you'll get several more strong opinions than there are people in the group.freddie wrote:Well, I would be able to get several strong opinions, but no one is likely to actually know.
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