So you’ve made the decision to begin to learn Greek grammar or Latin. You performed some Google search and looked at Amazon’s course books. There are so many alternatives. Which one should you pick? What’s up with some of the books being so… vintage? (Mustache-wearing Greeks, Ionic columns, and all?)
Hmm, it’s not as simple as you would have assumed. Perhaps you might start with the alphabet? You go to YouTube…
No, no, no. Which video should I start with? This one appears to be intriguing. But what if…?
Does this ring a bell?
It can be difficult to get started and learn Greek Grammar, especially if you opt to study it on your own.
Course books, apps, CDs, and videos are all available to assist you, but you must know-how as well as which ones to select.
You’ll need a roadmap, and that’s what this article is all about.
Are you ready to do it step-by-step?
Let’s get started.
The treasure chest must be unlocked.
Learning a foreign language with a foreign alphabet is similar to gaining a gold chest: you must first obtain the key – but not the rusted one.
The difficulty with the Greek grammar alphabet is that it is taught in such a way that it causes confusion instead of the sound or the characters themselves.
After all, because it is so similar to the Latin script, the Greek grammar script is quite simple to master.
In truth, the Latin alphabet evolved from the Greek alphabet to its modern form through time.
No, you do not have to make the error of learning the letters’ names first.
However, you must integrate the alphabet and the ability to understand Greek or Greek Grammar in initial learning steps.
The best reading task is in the opening several pages of the (albeit antiquated) Greek Now 1+1 coursebook.
They start creating 1–3 syllable words straight away by using syllables rather than distinct letters.
The first step is to listen to the sounds and repeat them while reading them. Then you must move on to vowel and consonant combinations. Actually listen and repeating longer phrases (we love our lengthy, Greek words!) and, eventually, short, meaningful phrases once you’ve gained confidence.
A word of advice: the Greek grammar adores the pattern consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel orvowel-consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant-vo (a bit like Spanish).
Study Greek with Lina from YouTube has an excellent video series with such a similar methodology.
Have you finished your reading? Continue to study Greek writing.
For many students, this might be extremely intimidating.However, you will not be able to perfect the Greek letters or Greek grammar and subsequently read it until you practice it.Begin by penning your name, the city you live in, the nation you live in, and your preferred Greek dish.Learning the alphabet benefits you in a variety of ways:
Your first words are learned. If you’re a visual and/or kinesthetic learner, you could end up with a better lexicon plus sentences that you may write down and practice during your alphabet session.
You may now try looking up whatever word in a dictionary and pronounce it correctly.
You begin to make inadvertent links from your previous encounters with the language, such as = pi, = delta, and so on.
Also, why not learn how to type letters in Greek?
Typing is, of course, required.As your Greek grammar improves, it will let you access a range of online resources, and you will use it to chat, chat, email, and comment.
Most importantly, it provides you with realistic resources such as YouTube music, TV shows, online newspapers and magazines, social media posts, and blogs about topics like recipes and travel, to mention a few.And, with all of the applications available, choosing a Greek lesson to improve your vocabulary now requires typing.
I find that adding the Greek keyboard to any computer is the most easy method to type.Here’s a video for Mac users that not only explains how and when to add a Koine (Polytonic) keyboard, but also teaches you how to switch to Modern Greek.
To me, it’s all Greek.
Communicating in a foreign language is a subject that most of us who work with languages look at, attempting to figure out the best ways to learn it.
Ability to speak is the area that most students wish to work on, from conversing in ordinary Greek with correct Greek grammar to acquiring pronunciation and then returning to presenting yourself in more complicated forms.However, it is frequently overwhelming.
Let’s have a look at how to get started with public speaking using Greek grammar
In comparison to English or Spanish, for example, Greek grammar does not have as many resources.However, do you do need a lot of things when you first start learning? It appears that this is not the case.All you really need is a solid study book, like Epikinoniste Ellinika.
Why do I bring up course texts in my speech?
They include CDs that will assist you in memorizing slow Greek dialogues so that you may use all these sentences and structures to your speaking.Among the first things you’ll learn are introductions, chit chat, asking for something like ordering food, and talking about yourself because your preferences.
You start generating those essential first phrases that help you understand the grammar of Greek by imitating the sound from its CDs while gazing at the text.Greek does have a subject-verb-object structure, as a simple rule of thumb.
Even if you don’t have access to a teacher, what are several efficient and suitable ways to practice speaking?
1. I enjoy listening to recordings.
It’s amusing to hear yourself utter something so… strange!Of course, it won’t be unique indefinitely, and your goal is to become acquainted with Greek sounds.You may record yourself speaking, both repeating the sentences you’ve learned or creating your own sentences using the language you’ve acquired.
2. Speaking tasks including the Add1Challenge or even the 30-Day Speaking Challenge, are fantastic if you’re looking for some responsibility or perhaps a prize!
The community spirit is also quite encouraging, and I understand that several Greek students have had remarkable experiences as a result of participating in challenges.
3. Use YouTube to practice
Here’s a playlist of Greek music that I enjoy.If Greek swing isn’t your thing, try Greek rock, pop, or Greek laika (which translates to “people’s/popular music”), or even reggae.There’s even reggae to be found!
If you become enamored with Greek music, the terms and language you will learn will astound you.
4. Why not undertake a language interchange with a Greek who’s really studying your native tongue?
You’ll have a lot of luck finding somebody who wants to practice your language, especially if you’re an English speaker.Make a 50/50 language time agreement and go for it.
Language exchanges can be found in language centers or university language departments.
5. Speak Greek in non-tourist places while in Greece to improve Greek grammar.
People that work in tourist regions are unlikely to practice Greek with you.Look for that distinctive, friendly spot that only locals frequent, and start putting what you’ve learned to good use.
The question is whether to use Greek grammar or not.
Donovan’s blog alone contains the word ” Greek grammar,” which has sparked some interesting debates.Greek is traditionally taught with a heavy emphasis on grammar. This is also true for native speakers. Grammar is taught beginning in elementary school.
What are your thoughts?
You might be a big fan of conjugations. You may also have a penchant for grammatical jargon. You might also wish to keep a Greek grammar book on hand as a reference.I’ve got you covered in any scenario.This is the book I use the most, and it’s ideal for English speakers: Greek, An Essential Grammar.
Use it wisely, like you would any Grammar book.
That is, learn the solutions to your queries, but don’t get too hung up on the rules and exceptions.Other Greek mythology include the eternal brightness of the Greek mind.
Do you aspire to know Greek because you adore the Greek culture? I already like you.Keep in mind, however, that Greeks aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. There aren’t even “all Ionic columns.”
As you proceed in your studies, focus your attention to experiencing how life actually is, just as you would in any other culture.You’ll begin your language adventure with some assumptions, but be ready to question them. This is always beneficial to your language acquisition, regardless of the language.
And if you decide that trying to learn Greek is right for you, rest certain that it will be a worthwhile trip.
Best wishes! 🙂