A.E. Stallings surveys the Guide to Volunteering in Athens
APPENDIX A: USEFUL PHRASES IN ARABIC, FARSI/DARI AND GREEK
(found poem, from the Guide to Volunteering in Athens, as updated for March 17, 2016)
Welcome to Greece!
Thank God for your safe arrival (greeting after trip)
I don’t understand
I don’t speak Arabic / Farsi
Are you wet / cold?
Yes / No
My name is ...
What is your name?
He / She / It is
We / They are
God is with the patient (will make people laugh)
Give yourself a break (comforting words)
free (no charge)
I am hungry
Does it hurt?
mother / father
brother / sister
What country is your family from?
sorry, it has run out
we do not have it now
new shoes only if yours are broken
wait here, please
I will return soon
follow me / come with me
Come back in...
5 / 15 / 45 minutes
quarter / half hour / half day
today / tomorrow / yesterday
How many people?
One line, please
A.E. STALLINGS, contributing editor, is an American poet, critic, and translator based in Athens, Greece. Her verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things (2007), has recently been reissued in hardback by Penguin Classics. Her most recent collection is Olives (2012), and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Parnassus, The New Criterion, and other magazines. In 2011, she became a MacArthur Fellow.
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