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TexasTreasures
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:13 am    Post subject: Does anyone here read Greek? Reply with quote

I have a thimble with something printed on it in Greek, but since the alphabet is different, the translation links don't work. Can anyone tell me what this says? Here are the photos-there is also a cello or guitar on it. Thanks for your help!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you give this site a try? looks promissing
http://www.kypros.org/cgi-bin/lexicon/
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried that. I could figure out all the letters except the one that looks like a small 'l', right after the K in both words. They don't use that symbol and when I tried it as an l or an i, it didn't translate. John said it was Greek, but maybe not!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is definitely greek. Took enough math classes to know that. They are capital letters. The problem is I don't know the language, or I would have told you what it says. I don't think there is an I or l in Greek. It's probably not included in the word. More like something to indicate where the word begins or ends. Try translating without it.

You know you can type greek letter in "Word" there is an icon for character. If it is not on your toolbar you can locate it under: "Insert" "Symbol..." select symbols. You should be able to insert greek letter. Then you can copy that and paste it in the translator (or maybe Google's translator http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en don't know how well it works though)
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TexasTreasures
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're a big help, thanks! I tried that in word, but you have to remember I'm a computer illiterate...couldn't figure it out. Maybe someone will come along and translate for us.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is a simpler way. After you open "Word" on an empty page. Press Alt button. While it is pressed first press "I" then "S" on your keyboard. That opens the screen for the symbols. There are two tabs Press the one that says "Symbols" pick the "font" as "symbols". You should see bunch of symbols in squares. Just use the scroll on the side to go down until you see the Greek letters. If you click on top of the square of the symbol you want (it becomes gray when you click on it, if it doesn't click again) then click on "Insert" button the symbol will appear on your page. Then you can find the next symbol in the word. and select and insert. When the word is typed just close the symbol screen.

Sorry this doesn't sound very simple probably, but it isn't that difficult if you follow it. I tried to give things step by step.

I'm becoming a bit of a pest because I'm not sure how many people can actually read Greek around here. You could be waiting for quite a while.


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World-Coins-Dealer



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try using the Greek Alphabet located in Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_Alphabet

It's helped me out, a lot!

Good Luck! Very Happy
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TexasTreasures
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, it's Friday night-dinner out at the Greek restaurant could solve my problem!
Seriously, I'll try Word again. You know, I can teach biology, algebra, knit, and do all sorts of difficult things...Computers are a different animal.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL... we just picked up Gyros for dinner. Sorry I can't help you cuz even spanish is "greek to me" Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think it is a souvenir item and the letters spell the name of a Greek island or scenic spot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I think, Maggie. I'll just hang on to it until I meet a Greek!
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thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drop into a Greek Orthodox church off hours. You are almost guaranteed that the priest will speak Greek.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would work, but might be embarrassing if it's an ad for condoms or the local escort service. Laughing Good idea, Maggie. I don't know that there is an orthodox church here but will check.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


From my little experience with the written Greek language, I beleive it is a town name on one side. None of the words are anything I could think of having to do with sewing...like stitch, thimble, or sewing.
The Orthodox church is a good idea, the priest would be happy that you wanted to know what it said and not so much concerned with what the actual words ment.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are probably right. I just wonder what the cello on there has to do with it. I'm a curious person!
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