One of the things I've done to prepare for my trip to Greece is dig out the Greek phrasebook I've been storing since my previous trip, almost 20 years ago.
I'd forgotten quite how horrible and useless the Institute for Language Study's “Vest Pocket Modern Greek” was.
Here are real, honest to goodness, phrases that they provide. While reading these, keep in mind that there are only about ten phrases per page, and the phrase section of the book runs under seventy pages. And they still decided to include these.
- What a fool!
- Alice is less diligent than Barbara.
- The girl with the big brown eyes was elected the queen of the ball.
- My brother-in-law has a new truck.
- I have never gone bankrupt.
- Just continue your work. Don't look at the camera.
- I appreciate truth.
- What is faith? It is life's foundation.
You have to wonder what sort of traveler they had in mind. Apparently, one who needs to say, “The beautiful Greek girl didn't come to see us.”