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How to start learning

December 26, 2009

Due to the fact that I am learning languages myself , partly  successfully  I have to admit , I think I can give you some useful tips how to start learning Greek language on line for free. If someone thinks that free lessons are not good enough, I would suggest that  you can  start learning and after few days decide if you still want to learn Greek and for what reason. Motivation is crucial and you better have a strong one. Otherwise the first excitement may  turn to resignation.

So , I think you can start learning step by step. On line is a good method because you do not have to lose your time in transportation and you can try a lot of things that may be still very useful though free. Free content about modern Greek language is not so plenty in the web , but still there quite interesting websites where you can start learning the basics..

One that I can suggest , because of its simplicity is Livemocha where you can have 4 courses for free. It is based on flash cards and also you can have your exercises checked by other members of the  network who are both natives and experts on the language you are learning. You just have to create an account and go on.

For the basics in modern Greek grammar you can always check here . This link includes also information how you will set up your computer so you can start using Greek fonts. But the most of it is 35 short grammar lessons  for beginners. There are also many crosswords , a manner to learn vocabulary in a funny way.

If there are so many new words that you do not understand , you can start learning with a phrasebook in your language. In such phrase-books you can find basic communication phrases for everyday life and raise your vocabulary up to 1000 words. This will be a good  base to a more detailed and accurate learning in the future.

Another very good source for audio lessons is from Radio of Kypros and includes audio files , on-line student notes and other tools. The lessons are divided to 7 courses , from beginners to more experienced learners of Greek language. This is a quite good knowledge base where you can practise speaking and listening.

At last you will need some good dictionaries …I would propose  Lexilogos and for those who can read already the Portal for Greek Language where you can find a on line  Compendium Dictionary  of Kriaras (a Greek linguist) , one of the best ever on the web.

If you think these links are good , but you can propose something better , please do not hesitate and go ahead….The purpose of this blog is to make easier for somebody to learn modern Greek. So if you already have passed that way and know how to do it  better , do not afraid to share it with us …:)

Best wishes for everybody ( Με τις καλύτερες ευχές για όλους)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jingle permalink
    December 26, 2009 7:06 pm

    thank you for promoting bilingual.
    Have a good one.

    Awesome post.

  2. December 26, 2009 10:03 pm

    Thanks for passing by. I am just trying to make it easier for the all the Greek learners.

  3. December 27, 2009 9:39 pm

    Just another phrasebook you can view (no download though) on google books is

    http://books.google.gr/books?id=ikXRpdUYel8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=greek+phrasebook&ei=sNI3S_H-EoPgyQTm8_nsBA&cd=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

  4. Piotr46blogspot.com permalink
    January 3, 2010 1:58 pm

    When I saw thick books in your profile I thought that I am too old for learning

    • January 3, 2010 7:32 pm

      Maybe I should change the profile …Never late for learning …there is a Greek proverb about that saying

      Γηράσκω αεί διδασκόμενος ( keep learning as getting older).

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