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I used a little Greek with my Greek-born doctor!

She seemed really pleased. She said, I can't believe I'm talking with you about this here. By here, I think she meant in a country outside Greece.

I think it helped me get her to nicely agree to let me get a different test instead of a second mri. I did not want a second mri. Last year I said I did not want a second one and she insisted. I just never did it. So of course this year she requested for me to do it again.

But THIS year I told her in Greek that I don't want a second one and instead of insisting, she asked me why. I explained why in English and she was really cool about it. She said, ok, well, there is another test we can do and if those results are good, then you don't have to get the mri but if those test results are bad, then you really need to get it.

I totally credit charming her with a little Greek as the reason that she was willing to compromise with me about this matter. So yay for Greek!!!!!

August 7, 2018



That's the best use of Duo learning I"ve heard. Wishing good results on your tests. Περαστικά!


I have had such reactions from speakers of several languages. Even my being able to recite the first proposition of Εὐκλείδης in Greek made the day of a Greek deli counterman I once bought lunch from.

̓Επὶ τῆς δοθείσης εὐθείας πεπερασμένης τρίγωνον ἰσόπλευρον συστήσασθαι.


This would be impresive coming from a native speaker too.


Σου εύχομαι τα αποτελέσματα του τεστ να είναι καλά!


Ευχαριστώ! Και εγώ!

έναν όγκο. Μπορεί να με κάνει τυφλός. Η δοκιμή είναι μια εξέταση ματιών. Νομίζω ότι είμαι καλά. Το όραμά μου είναι καλό.


Εύχομαι να είσαι καλά!


Ευχαριστώ πολύ!


Είμαι σίγουρος ότι θα είναι καλά! Αισιοδοξία (Optimism)! Χρειάζεται! (it is necessary)!


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