γεια! I’m Danae,
born and raised in Athens - easy to tell, as I never cease to talk about my city.
I’m a sun-loving Greek teacher and a bit like your travel companion in this language journey:
Ready to lend you a hand, cheer you up when the road is bumpy and share with you the best places to watch the sunset (even literally!).
Why connections and conversations.
If you’ve landed in this little corner of the Internet, it means you crave for deeper, richer conversations with the certain Greeks who matter to you - or with the ones you haven’t met yet.
It’s what makes you a “Greek language enthusiast”:
The inexplicable love for the language and the country, the deep desire to visit it one more time, the pure joy to hear the sounds of the Greek language.
And not just that.
To be able to communicate with the locals? This is happiness and fulfillment.
And this is exactly what the word “enthusiast” means to me.
Coming from ενθουσιάζομαι (to be excited) it’s all about the passion and the inner motivation to be part of the language and the culture through authentic connections & meaningful conversations.
Things I believe in.
But, as it seems, the learning path is never without obstacles.
From the learning process itself to the obstacles we put in our way.
We struggle with finding the right word to say or with understanding the funny expression someone said in a company of friends and, ultimately, with our own shyness and perfectionism.
Here’s what I believe:
I believe we learn best when we dare be & express ourselves and when we talk about things that truly matter to us.
I believe that embracing how the learning process can be slow, takes you further than you ever thought.
I believe that connecting through language while accepting your mistakes is the biggest fulfillment, the end of your destination and at the same time the beginning of a fascinating journey within the language.
Federico Fellini said “A different language is a different vision of life” and it’s the quote about language I hold dearly in my heart.
Aside from teaching Greek…
I’m a mom of two little bilinguals.
I currently came back to Athens after living in Canada for 6 years. The change makes me feel like a “native - tourist” and, usually, it’s fun to see both perspectives (although a bit crazy at times).
Coming back from Canada also means that I’m a bit more obsessed with the gorgeous, clear sunlight of Athens - at least, more than usual. Also with the sea. Of course.
A cozy, friendly 1:1 chat over a cup of tea makes my heart lighter.
Maybe unusual for a Greek, but I feel uncomfortable with large groups - loud gatherings are my nightmare - so you know who’s the person who hides in the kitchen.
I never stop learning languages. Etymology is my “secret” indulgence.
I always look for great books. My definition of a great book is the one that: draws you into its world, makes you see all the sides of the character, stays with you forever. I love Ursula Le Guin. What would you suggest?