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  1. Αν δε το διαβαζα στην Καθημερινη δε θα πιστευα οτι ειναι αληθινο.
  2. This is true, Greece has changed (a lot) over the past 20-25 years. I've been lucky as my neighborhood has stayed relatively unchanged during this time. Whenever I go back I still see familiar places and (some) familiar faces. Even though some people are older and look different, or other people have died off, or there are newcomers etc. my neighborhood is still a familiar place to me. Saying this, I'm not getting this feeling of "being at home" only when I visit my old neighborhood. I also get it when I visit some island or any other place in Greece, especially places I had visited before as a kid or teenager. To me the minute I step on Greek soil it feels like I'm home again. Granted of course that I don't have to deal with the Greek bureaucracy very much. I usually visit as a tourist. I stay for a month or so and then I take off. Maybe if I'd have to deal with all the shit you have to deal with I wouldn't be seeing Greece as such a great place to visit anymore.
  3. That's not true at all, because anywhere I go in Greece I feel at home. If it were the way you describe then I'd only feel at home in my hometown and my neighborhood. But that's not the case. Also, if it was all about the people then I'd also feel at home where I live now (and I've lived in Canada for 20 years!). The memories of our early years are clearly stronger than whatever we do later in life. I've had a good life so far, I've studied, worked and lived in some great places, Greece, UK, Canada, US and met great people during this time. Yet, despite all the good times and good memories when it comes to reminiscing it's always memories of my childhood and teenage years in Greece. Sure, people and old friends are a big part of those great memories, but it's also the places, the smells, the things, the landmarks. It's the whole package. Not just the people.
  4. The beaches and mountains are part of the land, aren't they? And the people close to you are people who were raised there. They were raised in the Greek culture. In any case, each one of us is different and sees/experiences things in different ways. To me Greece is "home". When the plane lands on Greek soil I feel like I'm back home. When I walk the streets of my old neighborhood or when I meet for a coffee with old friends it feels like home to me. No other place in the world feels the same way. Note that I'm not the kind of "immigrant" who's living a Greek life outside Greece. I have no immediate family, cousins, uncles/aunts where I live. My wife is not Greek, most of my friends are not Greeks, I'm not religious so I don't go to the Greek church or local Greek communities.
  5. Of course you can love abstract things. We fell in love with "ideas" all the time. I do at least . On the other hand, your "country" is the land you grew up in. It's not something abstract. For those of us who have left that land behind it becomes something "idealized" over time, that's true, but it's still something tangible. It's still there, a bit different than what one may remember, but it's still there. Also, when I'm talking about "culture" I'm not referring to "patriotism", which can mean different things to different people. I'm talking about a shared identity, a shared language, a shared way of life. Sure, there are many things to dislike about Greek politics or attitudes or whatever else, but there's some much more to like.
  6. It's not a bad thing to love your motherland and your culture. It becomes a bad thing when this love becomes a "national pride" and the absurd belief that you (and your people) are better than others because your ancestors were born into a specific culture or land. Then you become easy prey to the nationalist zealots who preach exceptionalism and intolerance. All it takes to get out of this mindset is to travel a lot, possibly live in a couple of different countries and experience a few different cultures etc. If you've lived in a few different countries (and both ajax and I have done that) and if you also travel a lot you'll soon realize that at their core most people (from any culture) are the same, or at least very very similar. There are nice people and there are jerks wherever you go, no matter if they're Greeks or Turks or Italians or Brits or Indians by nationality.
  7. Calm down ajax. I'm sure that cyprushellas' love for everything Greek/Cypriot comes from a good place. I know that many Greek/Cypriot who were born and live outside Greece feel in a similar way. They have idealized Greece/Cyprus. Some of them were raised listening to stories of loss from their parents or grandparents and they maintain a skewed idea of today's reality. Reality is that Greece is not only in a dire financial situation. It's in a dire situation period. We have to deal with a monstrous public sector, health care is crumbling, social programs are non-existent, unemployment is at an all-time high, birth rates are low, we have to deal with "unfriendly" neighbors on all borders etc. Dreaming of "reconquering" lost lands is not only unrealistic, it's idiotic. This is not the 1900s anymore. We're living in a different world. We have to adjust to this reality and make the best out of the situation. There are much more pressing issues that Greece has to resolve in order to improve the lives of its people than picking fights with the Turks.
  8. This seems to be a fantasy of many Greeks outside Greece, and also a fantasy of the Golden Dawn boys. They don't worry about the logistics or about the absurdity of this claim. On top of this, it's the same people who want Greece to leave the EU So think about this for a minute. A Greece outside the EU, isolated, without any strong allies behind her, having to deal with a bully on the other side of the border. I wonder how this would play out for us... The stupidy of some of my fellow Greeks doesn't stop to amaze me. In the meantime we have more pressing issues to deal with. We have to deal with a completely incompetent government which has destroyed whatever the previous incompetent governments had left standing. A Greece more or less destroyed financially and its people demoralized and hopeless. It's going to be an impossible task to get this Greece out of this tough situation. I really can't see how this is going to happen.
  9. An excellent video about the history of the Greek language. According to its author (Paul Jorgensen), this video is all about the Greek language, its history and development, and some important features of the language.
  10. I'd think that conjugating verbs is a difficult concept for native English speakers (as it's not something they learned to do when they were young) but it would most likely not be that difficult for native French, Italian, Spanish speakers as they're already conjugating verbs in their native tongues, so the concept wouldn't be foreign to them.
  11. This is true. You're right on that. Maybe though this is not just because we feel that we're "wronged" by the rest of them, or because we feel we're "special". It may have to do with the way we do things as people. Want it or not we're different than the northerners. We like hanging out in big "parees", drink and smoke and have fun as part of a parea, while most Danes, Swedes etc. are happy to sit by themselves, drink a case of beer, and then go to sleep drunk. Different mentalities, different cultures.
  12. How would you respond to his question at the end of the video: To people who have studied Greek: What did you find challenging, and not so challenging, about Greek:?
  13. This is no different than for any other people. Just change "Ελληνες" to anything else (Brits, Germans, French, Italians, Polish, Romanians, Syrians, Turks, Iranians, Indians etc. etc.).
  14. There are many "interesting" and many "uninteresting" Greeks as much as there are many interesting/uninteresting Americans, Brits, Canadians etc. I don't associate with too many Greek-Canadians either, and I partially agree with ajax on his observation, however, I did find some interesting Greek people over the years and I do keep in touch with them from time to time. For most though it's true that their lives revolve around the Greek church and the Greek community, and I don't really have time for that.
  15. I go every summer, and we're a family of 4. I've made it a priority for us to go back every year. I guess everyone makes their own choices. For some people it may not be important to visit Greece that often. For me it is. Despite being a very expensive trip I make sure to make it happen every summer.
  16. What's sad about it? That there are more women than men in Greece
  17. Well, you can't force Greeks marry to other Greeks in multicultural societies where Greeks are a minority. Saying this for Greeks and Greek-Cypriots living in Europe it should be much easier to stay connected to their heritage. It's a short 3 hour flight from anywhere in the UK to Greece or Cyprus, and the flights are cheap too. If I lived in the UK I'd be visiting Greece 3-4 times/year!
  18. Believe me, it doesn't deserve your interest. Most of it is incomprehensible BS and it would take a lot of time to translate this properly so that it makes sense to a non-Greek speaker. I don't think it's worth anybody's time to translate this BS.
  19. Nobody knows, but if you look at the US where there are older Greek communities from the early 1900s - and even though the US are not "encouraging" multiculturalism as much as Canada does - there are still thriving Greek communities in many cities, and I've personally met with 3rd and 4th generation Greeks who are very Americanized but still consider themselves Greeks (and some of them surprisingly do speak some Greek!)
  20. Canada is a truly multicultural society. The government supports and encourages multiculturalism. All major cities have Greek communities, Greek schools etc.
  21. Ομαδα Ελληνικης Αποκαταστασεως. Google it, you'll have a good laugh.
  22. Since Greeks in Canada live so far away from Greece, and most of them don't have the opportunity to go back often, they've held on to most of the traditions they brought with them when they immigrated to Canada (most of them in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s). From my experience, most of the Greek-Canadians who were born in Canada speak and understand some Greek. Some of them are pretty fluent, others can just communicate using basic phrases. But overall I'd say most of them do speak enough Greek to go by.
  23. This has nothing to do with ancient texts, or anything to do with anything serious. It comes from a group of yoyos who write about some type of an imaginary "war in the outer space". What a bunch of tools
  24. I think you're right. Speaking the language should the starting point. Doesn't need to be fluent, but being able to communicate in Greek is an important first step.

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