Tsakonian is a Hellenic language, spoken in the Tsakonian region of the Peloponnese, Greece. Tsakonian derives from Doric Greek, being its only living descendant. Tsakonian is critically endangered, with only a few hundred, mostly elderly, fluent speakers left.
The present and imperfect indicative in Tsakonian are formed with participles, like English but unlike the rest of Greek: ενεί αού, έμα αού "I am saying, I was saying" < ειμί λαλών, ήμην λαλών.
Sample verb Ενεί 'I am'
|Sg.1||Ενεί (Enee)||Έμα (Ema)|
|Sg.2||Εσεί (Esi)||Έσα (Esa)|
|Sg.3||Έννι (Eni)||Έκη (Eki)|
|Pl.1||Έμε (Eme)||Έμαϊ (Emai)|
|Pl.2||Έτε (Ete)||Έταϊ (Etai)|
|Pl.3||Είνι (Eeni)||Ήγκιαϊ (Igiai)|