Why is it that English-speakers find it so difficult to pronounce “thank you” in Greek?
Granted, the word is four-syllables long, much longer than the average English ones. Some of its sounds may seem difficult, but each and every one is found in the English language. The entire word actually, sounds almost exactly like an English name:
F. Harry Stowe
No, it is not a joke. If you can pronounce F. Harry Stowe, then you’ve just pronounced “thank you” in Greek. Hear the similarity here.
It’s that simple.
Unbelievable? It’s one of those strange flukes that pop up in every combination of languages, when two words sound similar yet have totally different meanings. (I’m sure you’ve heard of words that are perfectly innocent in one language but totally inappropriate in another.)
Your friend, F. Harry Stowe, is easy to remember and pronounce. With him, you needn’t reach for that phrasebook every time you just want to say thank you.
The eyebrows of the Greeks you come across will go up in surprise. Their appreciation of you will also go up by several notches.
Don’t believe me? Just give it a try…