Tag Archives: Greek

Spanish Sundays goes Greek, St. Anthony’s Day, and contemplation

The common good sometimes requires a pause,  so, Happy St. Anthony’s feast day, to all of my Greek friends -happy Name Day: Tony/Anthony/Antoinette/Antoine/etc!!

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources relating the reasons that this person is considered father of monks (at least by the Greeks),

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how knowing this might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and maybe also either the Julian calendar, or some other alternate calendar, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 42/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 41/67…)

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Great Greek Wednesdays, words, and transportation

Transportation is a Greek word?  Transportation is certainly part of modern life, and a part that many people have to spend a great deal of time planning around, if we use mass transit in cities like San Diego, which are both very spread out, and also poorly served in parts of the city where many jobs are located.  Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement includes advocating for safe and widespread mass transit as a means of promoting both safe transport for all and efficient transport of all. 

What other benefits are there to Public Transportation?

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different routes to get to your favorite library via mass transit.

2.) Share the cost of your round trip with us here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like the public transport in your town,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

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Great Greek Wednesday, Day 1/67 of High School in 5 months, Geo, and Adulting as on-going education

The Four Freedoms movement starts  with empathy building, which both leads to and requires continuous learning. Today’s Adult Basic Education vocabulary begins with Geo, of Greek origin, meaning Earth.             (“Give me a word, any word…”)

This is a particularly key concept for all of us, who dwell on Earth, to consider regularly, perhaps?

-Lesson Plan for today in PDF format, see syllabus for details.

(Remember that you can always do a harder or easier Khan Academy assignment …)

Take the Grammar PreTest, and then Go at your own pace after getting 100% right on the quiz of your choice!   GrammarBook.com…

Action Items to support Adulting that we can all take right now:

1.) Consider our responsibility to “promote the general welfare” of society:

2.) Share your thoughts here on how High School education starts that process,

3.)   Share your thoughts on how on-going learning, such as learning a language, continues that process, and can also build empathy, and a build a sense of responsibility for helping others learn details like the local laws regarding debt, housing, and local resources for the under-served, like ProBono legal aid.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December:  2020 CE = 12020 HE

(Day 67 lesson plan and activities: last, and next: Day 2 Lesson…)

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Teaching Greek folk dance on Great Greek Wednesdays, and Health Care

Both connection, interpersonal and inter-generational, as well as movement, from a strictly health related point of view, are necessary for our well-being.  How about doing that connecting and moving in a cultural context that helps us appreciate our neighbors, and our wider connection to the rest of the human race?

 

This JuneChurchCampClassesTaughtPlans is my lesson plan from the All-Church camp held in June, 1-3rd, up in the mountain camp called DeBenneville Pines, north of San Diego, CA.  I wanted to teach Greek Folk Dance, and I also responded to a request for someone to teach on Family History, thus also fulfulling my duty via WikiTree to connect others to our Human Family Tree.

Shira

 Misirlou, it turns out, was really a tsiftiteli that someone decided to choreograph as a line/circle dance, and in the Greek community, that dance is actually not well liked.  I also later learned more about the famous “over the cliff dance,” which no one actually knows what dance was used, as it is more likely that there was no dance at all, but the story remains a moving one, rather similar, from a woman’s point of view, to that of the end of the siege of Massada.

Yassas,   γεια σας!   

Action Items in support of connection that you can take right now:

1.) Think of a context in which you have taught, or would like to teach, something for free in your local community.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your reasons, if you would like to, for teaching for free.

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that discusses those reasons, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Great Greek Wednesdays, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual self-care, and Health Care For All

I think most will agree that most of us do not take proper care to care for ourselves on each of the four levels that I can think of: emotionally, mentally or intellectually, physically and spiritually. But that makes me stop and think: what on earth or in heaven above exactly is spiritual health? Come to think of it, What is spirituality, and why do I care? Four reasons:

A woman came up to me, after a Zembekiko at a Greek festival in the Boston area, and asked me
‘What do you feel when you dance?’ -I had to ask her what she meant; she explained that I seemed to be in another world, as if I were having a spiritual experience, when I danced.
Upon reflection, I had to admit that she was right -the beautiful music of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, even of those wild places where men danced with swords in hand, or like Zorba, gone mad with grief -those mournful yet insistent strains pulled me into some place where life existed. A place, maybe the only place, where I felt alive.

For me, spirituality seems to be that thing that gives meaning to life, a reason to keep going day after day, eating, breathing. Why bother? Because there is beauty in this world, and each person has a particular way of looking at it -a distinctive way of seeing the world.

For me, writing makes me understand and remember how it felt to be alive, throwing myself into the air, reaching into the clouds, stretching into the breeze. When the words overwhelm me, refusing to leave me alone, writing them down is the only escape.
But then, they demand to be pondered.
The emotional work always follows the meaning -is it possible to be happy, and why does that matter? Action matters. But thoughts and feelings affect actions.

So I use four criteria to order my days:

1. An action that gives meaning to my life: either dance or write each day,
2. A thought that adds to my emotional stability each day, either comprehending my reasons for feeling/behaving a certain way, or meditation on some feeling and the causes behind that feeling, leading to a decision on how to classify and use that feeling in the future.
3. A physical action that furthers my goals for reaching my body’s fullest potential (running a marathon, for example), and
4. An action that furthers my goals for developing my fullest personal intellectual potential (reading a certain number of pages in Turkish, for example).

For me, these four things represent my personal responsibility to reach my fullest potential as a human being, spiritually (if that exists), emotionally, physically and intellectually. Now, I wonder if and how I can help others do the same?
Shira “Holocene/Human Era” Destinie
20 August, 12015 HE
BretagneCurrent Location: A world that should be safe for ALL
Current Music: Imagine -John Lennon
20.8.12015 èH )

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

Action Items in support of health care and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Reflect, please, upon your definition of ‘spirituality’.

2.) Share it with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how  we can translate those thoughts into good for all of us,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill.   Please share with us.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Since my definition is already above, here is my first idea for translating it into good for us all:

One way may be a study of Childrens Right’s as Human Rights in Popular Culture:

1. Astérix en Hispanie (le quatorzième album de la série)
et Astérix : Le Domaine des dieux
2. Sihirli Annem (esp. ep. 45 or 46?)
3. Harry Potter

With focus = ways that these shows empower kids to collaborate in preventing the abuse of others, and showing/understanding how this aid affects future adults ?

Happy ‘Oxi Day, on Great Greek Wednesday!

Today is ‘Oxi day, the day the Greeks rejected the Italian ultimatum :

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to explain the event called Ohi/’Oxi Day, in Greece.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

 

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Great Greek Wednesday language learning vs. PrepTober

This is about all I will get done on my Greek this week (about half a page of a very simple transcript), but better than nothing, I guess:

October 12, 2020 –

page 1 of the video set:

1.1%“First video on formal introduction seems curt.”

 
October 19, 2020 –page 1 of the mp3s with Transcription set: 1.1% “πάνε = ellos van (not Erchane?? ok…)
λένε = cuentan/llaman…racontent
γνωρίσουμε = reunirse…rencontrer”

So, it turns out that using this Greek keyboard helps with getting Google translate to recognise the words when it refuses to go from English to Greek for me.  Since I’m cutting my posts and my language study down until the end of November so that I can make my double-NaNoWriMo goal of 100k words by 30 November, I’ll be neglecting my Greek in particular, since it is my weakest language, and takes more energy for me to work on.

More on my continuing striving with Greek next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of language learning and empathy-building that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “meet” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the sources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Greek word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

Great Greek Wednesdays and skimpy study

Here is where I am in my study of written Greek this week!

My notes thus far:

 

I did the written activity first, then watched the first video on half speed, and updated my progress on GR:

October 12, 2020 –

 

page 1
 

1.1%“First video on formal introduction seems curt.”

 
October 6, 2020 –

 

page 1
 

1.1% “Read transcript for first video, which is very easy: a simple introduction with formal and plural explained.”

and then, from the Bible:
October 12, 2020 –

 

Then, looking again into the oldest translation of the oldest book, aka The Book, aka the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible (though this is still apparently a more updated version, called Katharevousa, of the ancient Greek, rather than the Greek of 300BCE…):

1.0% “Still on verse 1: Why not “Stin Archizo?”

 

I also had another very quick look at Genesis 1:1 in the Septuagint (aka the LXX), but am too tired to work on the Ancient Greek this week. More on my continuing striving with modern and ancient Greek next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “tomorrow” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a modern Greek word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Wonderous Greek Wednesdays during Sukkot?

Here is where I am in my study of modern Greek this week!  No sukkah blowing down in the cold rain of the DC/Baltimore area these days, but this year, with Covid-19, no ‘Sukkah-hopping’ either, alas.  I never particularly liked candy, but I always enjoy the pun on the phrase ‘LaShev(et) baSukkah’ as we sit down in a chair to make the brachah (blessing) over some bit of mazonot (non-meal food, like a snack) and drink: LaShevet   means both to live and to sit, literally, hence the joke!  🙂

Coming back to Greek!  (oops!)  My notes thus far (I hope to get back to adding the Septuagint again in the next few weeks, after NaNoWriMo…):

October 6, 2020 –
page 1
 
1.1% “Read transcript for first video, which is very easy: a simple introduction with formal and plural explained.”

 

 

So, it turns out that The Hellenic American Union (HAU, this particular file available at: https://www.hau.gr/?i=learning.en.video-lists) has both videos and podcasts, both with written transcripts, for learners of modern Greek.

  More on my continuing striving with Greek next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “How are you?” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a modern Greek word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Sukkot (Chol HaMoed day 2) 5781

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Great Greek Wednesdays, and free materials via the Hellenic American Union.

Here is where I am in my study of written Greek this week, thanks to the HAU!

I found some free Greek videos with transcripts.  Since I wanted to be able to keep track of which ones I’ve seen, I listed the entire series of materials as one book, with 91 pages: 81 for the videos, and 10 for the podcasts.  Hopefully this will make it easier for other learners to use the materials, too!

 

Sorry I’ve fallen behind on my Greek, but I hope that Juanjo (Greek during Covid-19) and the above HAU resources satisfy, for a week!  More on my continuing striving with Greek next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and language learning that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “Talk to you later” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Lx word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans) !

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post…)