"Only one thing makes it clear that we are NOT in California," I said . "All the signs are in GREEK!"
I always thought of Greek as an old, language spoken by old men wearing sheets. But Marios, with his ponytail and blue jeans, looks just like us and he can read everything.
"No, it's not confusing! It's my language," said Marios.
Some Greek books were written thousands of years ago. "Can you read them?" I asked.
He admitted that he couldn't, even though he had to study "Ancient Greek" in high school. Greek is the oldest European language. People who study the history of languages think it was first spoken 4000 years ago! Since that time is has changed a lot.
Marios looked up and said "Yeah, that means 'hospital'."
She read a street sign in Greek! I couldn't believe it. "How did you do that!?" I asked her.
"It's easy. All you do is sound out the letters. It's just nu-oh-sigma-oh-kappa-oh-mu-epsilon-I-oh. Nuskomeio!"
Using the Greek alphabet above, see if you can write your name. Then try writing secret messages to your friends.
p.s. - Please e-mail me at ...firstname.lastname@example.org
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