Same reaction when someone wants pierogie rather than pirohi!
For some reason, this reminded me of a story I need to tell.
I just returned from Ukraine, and I was eating out with my family. My cousin's grandmother from Donets'k was there. I thought we would have a lot of fun talking about my work in Ukraine.
When we started speaking, she spoke Russian and I spoke Ukrainian. This began a lecture which lasted the entire meal. "Stop calling it Lviv! It's Lvov! The Ukrainians wish they were still in Russia! You shouldn't learn Ukrainian, that peasant language! Learn Russian! You're wasting your time! Pryvit? It's PRIVYET!"
Nothing against Russians. I was just very grumpy for the rest of the meal.
I should have figured! Ha! (I also didn't take kindly to the peasant insult since my ancestors are Slovak and Hungarian. Excuse moi!)
Back to the subject at hand. There's a lot of Greek culture and language predominant in our church...my husband and I don't mind at all until someone directly speaks to us in Greek, simply because we can't understand and respond.
But I love foreign languages (count how many of them I use in my profile!) so I'm very biased. I'm already learning how to read Greek and I'm just an inquirer, so that should be indicative of my geekiness when it comes to language.
Our priest also repeats the most important parts in English (the Creed, the Our Father, the readings...) so I don't have a problem. My husband isn't particularly gifted when it comes to languages and he loves it as well.
There is a bit of a cultural disconnect, but we're okay with that too. Not an issue, although it may mean that we may never have the tight bonds between the Greek members. Although we may pick up on some of the cultural nuances along the way and maybe go to Greece someday. Who knows?