Maybe you have noticed that when you’re speaking or reading Greek, you’re not so sure about the pronunciation. Sometimes you feel that Greek spelling can be a bit confusing? Or maybe you have noticed that you pronounced something correctly but you put the stress on the wrong syllable. Perhaps you’ve seen that look of slight confusion on the face of the person you’re speaking to because you made an error in pronunciation or stress. You’d like to develop fluency in speaking Greek so that you can speak with more confidence and you can keep up with conversations in the taverna. Listening to other people speaking and being able to understand what they’re saying is an essential part of engaging in meaningful conversation. You are now at a point where you feel that you need to develop your listening skills further.
When you successfully communicate with someone in Greek or any language that you’re learning, it’s a great feeling. You’ve got your message across and the person is so happy that you are speaking Greek and they really appreciate that you respect them and their language. You want to expand the topics that you can talk about. You want to be able to connect with lots of different people from different walks of life in Greece. The culture and way of life in Greece and Cyprus is something that you are really interested in and you know that the various festivals, celebrations and cultural events can be better appreciated if you understand what’s going on. And the best way to do that is to up your language skills so that you can take part in some of those conversations with local people. Your understanding of the event or the social situation will be enhanced and the whole experience will be much more enjoyable for you and those you’re mixing with.