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June 13, 2005

Don't Panic

Writing about web page http://www.douglasadams.com/creations/infocom.php

History

There was a time when computer games didn't have graphics. Or at least they couldn't have graphics and sound at the same time. They certainly couldn't have graphics, sound and enough content to keep even a human being amused for more than a few minutes. So they had text. This was radical – a computer game you could control by typing in commands. The game would then respond to your commands with a breathtakingly prescient understanding of your intent. Or not. Usually not – the early text parsers (circa 1977) weren't that bright. But, as long as you limited yourself to what the game understood and the game designers wrote creatively enough to misunderstand you in a humorous and entertaining fashion, it all worked. It therefore stands to reason that any game which combined a really good programmer with a really good writer was likely to do well. So when Steve Meretzky of Infocom got together with Douglas Adams to create a game based around the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the result was never going to be less than interesting and more than likely insane. So it proved – the Hitchhiker's Guide adventure game was one of the best-selling games of its era, selling some 350,000 copies. In 1984.


Survival phrases in Greek(slightly altered by me)

Writing about web page http://www.transparent.com/languagepages/greek/FSGreek.htm

Whenever you see the letter "i" it is pronounced like "ee" like in "tea"
whenever "e" alone pronounce it as e high which sounds like "ae" as in "Aegian"
Whenever you try to pronounce the letter "h" try to aspire it like it is arabic like in the word "hero"
Capital letters give you the hint to raise your tone.

Basic phrases

ne. Yes.

Ohee. No.

parakaLO. Please.

efhariSTO. Thank you.

parakaLO. You're welcome.

siGNOmee. Excuse me.

siGNOmee. I am sorry.

kaliMEra. Good morning.

kaliSPEra. Good evening.

kaliNIhta. Good night.

Phrases for Meeting and Greeting

miLAte angliKA? Do you speak English?

miLAee kaNIS aPO eSAS angliKA? Does anyone here speak English?

eGO miLO MOno LEEgo eliniKA. I only speak a little Greek.

pos se LEne? What is your name?

to ONoma moo EEne FLOra. My name is Flora.

tee KAnis? How are you?

EEme kaLA, efhariSTO. I'm fine, thank you.

HEro poLEE ya tee gnoriMIa. I am very glad to meet you.

den katalaVEno. I don't understand.

tee EEpate? What did you say?

boRIte na miLAte LEEgo pio aRGA? Can you speak more slowly?

katalaVEno poLEE kaLA. I understand perfectly.

Dialog

Mrs. gianoPOUlou: kaliMEra. miLAte angliKA?
Good morning. Do you speak English?
Store Clerk: leePAme, aLA den miLO angliKA.
I'm sorry, I do not speak English.
Mrs. gianoPOUlou: distiHOS, eGO miLO MOno LEEga enliniKA.
Unfortunately, I only speak a little Greek.
Store Clerk: den peeRAzee. sas katalaVEno.
That's all right. I understand you.


The ultimate link for any language resource

Writing about web page http://bubl.ac.uk/link/l/languagelearning.htm

A great portal to any language resource that is online from ancient Tupi (an old brazilian language of the 15th century) to WELL online grammars of the most modern languages.Worth visiting for sure.

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