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Greek Language Programs

These are some Greek language programs that I have used and enjoyed which will help you better understand what is going on around you in Greece.

Learn Greek with Free Podcasts

GreekPod101.com offers a unique learning experience that cannot be found in conventional classrooms. Lessons focus on pronunciation and listening comprehension, so that you can start practicing what you learn from professional teachers. GreekPod101.com is not a generic package language learning course, such as some of the other big name language learning programs out there. Many other programs “scale” their solutions across several languages, simply recycling the same material over and over - the same pictures, the same conversations, just in a different language. But each language is unique, and at GreekPod101.com we pride ourselves on developing a system that’s only about the Greek language and Greek culture! GreekPod101.com - The Fastest Way to Learn Greek Guaranteed


Greek Language ProgramThe Read and Speak Greek CD-Rom program by Dr. George Balanis and his wife Toula is a fun way to learn. I bought it for my 6-year old daughter and I use it as well. I have recommended this to many people.  It's like taking years of Greek classes. Easy to use. If you know some Greek but want to fill in the gaps this is a great way to jumpstart your language skills and if you are just a beginner this is a great way to begin. Click on pictures, words and phrases and the program speaks to you in Greek. Lots of vocabulary and grammar lessons too.

For more information on his programs for learning Greek visit www.greecetravel.com/anotek


I Learn Greek language programYou can use this website to help you learn Greek for your trip. It can be used as a reference guide for those of you who are already taking Greek classes, or as a simplified course for those who want to start with the basics. Steve Aronis has put a lot of work into his site and everytime I look it gets better and better. Steve created this site for everyone that wants to learn the modern Greek language on the internet. He has included complete simplified grammar and tests. I Learn Greek.com also has a Vocabulary directory that contains more than 3000 words and phrases complete with phonetics translation and some of them sound!


The Modern Greek Language Series by Matina Psyhogeos has grown out of the need for a comprehensive Beginning through Intermediate-Advanced course for the student of the Greek language. The strict criterion is that techniques and principles of this curriculum are presented simply and methodically. The Psyhogeos Program has been tested and applied extensively in high schools and colleges and was presented, by its developer - the highly regarded educator - in many conferences, seminars and workshops in the US and other English-speaking countries with excellent results. It offers a variety of books for the study of the Greek language by the student at home or under the supervision of an instructor when the student is very young. (However I started on this program when I was 48 and I think it is great-Matt)
For more info see
www.greeklanguagecourses.com


SPEAK GREEK in 2 MONTHS is a unique method that will teach you conversational Greek in the shortest period of time - 2 months! It is done phonetically, and comes with a book, 2 CDs, and an ENGLISH- GREEK (phonetic) DICTIONARY. Total cost: $79.00

The author, Helen Dumas, is nationally recognized twice as "The Teacher of the Year", and three times by the Greek government" as "the international authority in teaching the Greek language in the simplest, easiest, and most effective way. Mrs. Dumas also teaches via the INTERNET AND TELEPHONE 6 different ability levels of Greek to children and adults - all over the world.  For information, visit Helen's website:  www.speakgreeknow.com.  Also, her e-mail is: speakgreeknow@aol.com, and phone: 310.373.0808


GreekConversation.com is an interactive online language program committed to providing quality, conversation-focused training for online learners. The language programmes are designed to help you speak Greek from the beginning levels. The method emphasises the speaking skill but also covers reading, listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar building. The programmes are available in a live, online environment that is convenient, designed to meet the needs of today's busy adults who wish to learn Modern Greek at their own pace. See www.greekconversation.com/


For Greek language courses in Athens and on the islands visit www.greecetravel.com/schools

Matt's Helpful Greek Words and Phrases

(italics are accented syllables)

  • Hello: ya -sou
  • Yes: neh
  • No: oh -khe
  • Please and You are welcome: pah-rah-kah- low
  • Thank-you: ef-khar-ee- stow
  • How are You?: Tee-kah -nees
  • Fine: kah-la
  • What is your name?: pos-seh- leh-neh
  • My name is....: meh-leh -neh......
  • I'm from..(America): ee -meh ap -oh....(Am-eh-ree- kee)
  • I don't understand Greek: then cat-ah-la- ven-oh eh-len-ee- kah
  • Do you speak English?: Mee-las ang-lee- ka
  • Goodbye: ya -sou (or ah-dee -oh)
  • Where is: poo ee -neh
  • how much: pos -oh kah -nee
  • It's too much: ee-neh po-lee
  • food: fag-ee- toh
  • water: neh-row
  • bank: trap -ez-ah
  • post office: tach-ee-dro- mee-oh
  • restaurant: es-ti-ah- tor-ion
  • hotel: ksen-oh-tho- khee -on
  • breakfast: proy-ee- no
  • bus: lay-oh-for- ee-oh
  • toilet: toy- let -tah
  • beach: par-ee- lee -ah
  • harbor: lee- man -ee
  • I would like a ticket for...: thell -oh eh -na iss-ee- tee-ree-oh yah... 

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