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DC Greek Language Meetup Group

  • Jan 31, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Xpovia pola!  Hope everyone is having a good holiday season!

Our last couple of MeetUps have been excellent, especially the ones in October and November.  Let's keep that momentum going in the new year.

We'll kick off our 2013 MeetUp calendar on Thursday, January 31st at one of our sponsors, Yamas in Bethesda at 7 pm. As a sponsor Yamas offers us 2 for 1 drinks at the bar, so we will start there at 7 pm then move to a table around 7:30 pm.

Here's a quick list of other things happening this month. I will try to note the ones I will attend.

One important note: it looks like there will NOT be a Greek movie at the Avalon on January 2nd.  The Panorama of Greek Cinema is supposed to resume in February.

  • Kellari has their monthly Greek night on the first Friday - January 4th this month - of every month with food, wines and music starting around 8 pm, downtown on K St. NW. FYI, I rarely make it to Greek night but look other MeetUp members.
  • Kellari also hosts their monthly Greek wines happy hour starting at 4:30 on the first Monday of every month on January 7th.  I will get there around 6 pm on the 7th to toast President Obama's second inauguration.
  • On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8pm at St. George in Bethesda, The Hellenic Society Prometheas presents Dr. Harry Mavromatis, Professor Emeritus at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Mavromatis will discuss his book "Lost Edens" about Cyprus the decade before it gained its independence from Britain. The discussion will be held in the Founders Hall of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 7701 Bradley Blvd. Bethesda, Maryland. I will almost certainly make this event.
  • On Saturday, January 26th at 8:00 pm, St. Sophia Cathedral sponsors Taverna Night, a night of Greek dancing and music, in the Frosene Center. For more information contact Yianni Xanthos, john.xanthos AT verizon.net, or[masked]-1985. I plan to attend, perhaps with members of my family and some non-Greek friends.
  • Finally, also on Saturday, January 26th, our friends at Prometheas sponsor their annual Greek Letters Day Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. James Skedros. There will also be a presentation of Prometheas Culture awards to students of local Greek language schools. I think things start at 6 pm, in the Founders Hall of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 7701 Bradley Blvd., in Bethesda. Depending on the time I may make this event.

That's plenty for now. See you in 2013 at Yamas for our MeetUp on the 31st.

Ta leme! - Athan

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  • Louisa

    Για σου Laura! Και εγώ χάρηκα πολύ που σε γνώρισα και την φίλη σου την Freda στο ταβέρνα ναΐτ. Τέλος του μήνα να τα πούμε στο Μουrayo!!! Excuse my Greek keyboard! I think we should use it sometimes!

    February 2, 2013

    • Laurel Colao A.

      Γεια σου, Λουίζα! Ευχαριστώ για την σημείωσή σου. Ήταν πολύ ωραία να σε ακούσω! (Please feel free to correct any mistakes that you find in my Greek, which I would appreciate!) I agree that it's good to use the Greek keyboard sometimes. Ανυπομονώ να σε δω και τους όλους στο Mourayo στο τέλος του μήνα. Μέχρι τότε, να είστε καλά. Γεια σας για τώρα!

      February 6, 2013

  • Laurel Colao A.

    Geia sou, Louisa! So glad to hear you all had an "excitingly warm" get together last evening at Yamas in Bethesda! I was so hoping to join you, and was sorry to have missed the opportunity. (I hope you and others read my reason why, which I posted early last evening) I did, however, hugely enjoy meeting you, Athan, and others at the Taverna Night and Dance at St. Sophia's Church last Saturday evening! I look forward to seeing all of you at future meetups! All the best to all, Laurel

    February 1, 2013

  • Louisa

    Another excitingly warm get together with my Greek friends! Thank you Athan!

    February 1, 2013

  • Laurel Colao A.

    Geia sas, dear fellow Greek Language Meetup members! While I had sent in my affirmative RSVP for this event, which I was quite looking forward to attending, I'm afraid that, as it turns out, I will unfortunately be unable to attend. This week has turned out to be busier than I'd expected, which has left me feeling quite spent! :-( I'm glad, however, that there will apparently be a good number of you attending this Meetup, so hopefully I won't be particularly missed. :-) Kali thiaskethasi/diaskedasi stous olous!!! Na exete uperoxn nixta! Xeiratismata stous olous! Laurel (pou sta ellinika einai n Daphne/Thafni. :-) Geia sas yia tora!

    January 31, 2013

  • Louisa

    We are all Phil-Ellenics Angela. We love Greece and the Greek language and we have very pleasant social meetings, with light discussions. Just join us once and you will get a better idea what a great group we are!

    January 29, 2013

    • Angela

      Are we having dinner?

      January 30, 2013

  • Angela

    Hello,

    This will be my first time attending. Is this a discussion group?

    Angela

    January 29, 2013

  • Laurel Colao A.

    Hello, my name is Laurel (sta ellinika einai n Daphne) Colao-Akhund. On my dad's side, my ancestry is a combination of Greek and Italian. I lived in Ellada (Athena) for 7&1/2 years, doxa to Theo, which was the privilege of a lifetime. I studied the Greek language while living there, then continued to pursue it following my return to Maryland at the end of 2004. Unfortunately, however, since I haven't had the opportunity to use my Greek very frequently, my skills are a tad rusty, so my question to you is: how proficient - or fluent - in the language are the various members of your group? I am hoping that they are at various levels of accomplishment so that I will not be alone in my efforts to brush up my skills. In any case, I am so thrilled to have learned about your group and am very much looking forward to becoming involved with it! Looking forward to meeting any or all of you at one or the other of the upcoming January events! In the meantime, Eftixismeno to Neo Etos se olous!

    December 31, 2012

    • Athan M.

      We're a mix of proficiency levels, from born and raised fluent to 'my γιαγιά taught me a little Greek.' We - especially me -speak a lot of Greeklish too. Happy new year and see you soon!

      December 31, 2012

    • Laurel Colao A.

      Thanks so much, Athan, for your kind - and prompt - reply, which was most appreciated! I am rather encouraged - and relieved - to know that there are other "Greeklish" speakers in the group, and that I will not be alone in my efforts to come up to speed in a respectable Greek conversation! Looking forward to meeting you, and others, soon. Geia sou yia tora kai Kali Xronia!

      December 31, 2012

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