გამარჯობა- learning Georgian!
Since explaining the basics of different versions of tea helped me a lot in understanding it, I hope that writing this article will help in the same way with the Georgian language. It's difficult to move to a completely new country- discovering the new culture, the people around you, the language… It’s even more interesting if you suddenly realize that you can not read anymore.
M-like letters: დ (d), თ (th), ლ (l), ო (o), რ - (r, hence the Renegade logo), ფ (p), ღ (r)
6-like letters: ბ (b), გ (g), მ (m), ნ (n), ს (s), შ (sh), ძ (dz), წ (ts), ხ (kh)
3-like letters: ვ (v), კ (k), პ (p), ც (ts), ჰ (h)
The rest of them: ა (a), ე (e), ზ (z), ი (i), ჟ (zh), ტ (t), უ (u), ქ (k), ყ (k), ჩ (ch), ჭ (ch), ჯ - (j)
Letters like M, 6 or 3 cover 20 of the 33 letters in Georgian alphabet, so if you will master those, you are more or less covered- congratulations! 😊 The good news about the alphabet is that there are no small letters- all M’s, 3’s and 6’s are equally important, does not matter if they are in the end or in the middle of a word.
Reminding myself how it felt to learn the letters in kindergarten and loving those practising notebooks for children.
Since as an Estonian I am more familiar with different versions of O's (o, õ or ö), then it is quite a challenge to pronounce all of the letters, but I do my best to understand different "sh", "ch", "ts" and "ds" variations of Georgian and on some glorious day I will master this skill and gain back my ability to read the signs in the shops fluently.
By the sound of the language I would say that it is not that comparable with anything else- as I mentioned before, it seems that Georgians have done their very own thing here with their language. But if I would need to compare it to something, I would say it's like Turkish maybe? A small selection of the words I already know:
Hello! - Gamarjoba (გამარჯობა). Fun fact- this means “victory” and is reflecting the country’s history with endless attacks and war.
Thank you - Madluba (მადლობა)
Goodbye - Nakhvamdis (ნახვამდი)
And my personal favourite:
I don’t understand - Ar mesmis! (არ მესმის)
We also tried to master the pronunciation skill with some of the words that are most needed for us: