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Conversational Greek Lessons

Do you have a relatively good knowledge of Greek but you live in an area where you cannot find someone to speak Greek with? This course is for you! Greek Conversation lessons by our experienced tutors.

TRIAL LESSON

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Who is this course for?

You’ve been learning Greek for a while now. Maybe you’ve already been on holiday in Greece or Cyprus and you’ve experienced first-hand how much the Greek people appreciate the fact that you can speak some Greek. You feel ready to move on to the next stage and improve your ability to converse more fluently in Greek. But you have no-one to speak Greek with on a regular basis. If you’ve nearly or already completed level A2 or if you’re at level B1 or above, then give your language learning a boost.  This course is ideal for you.

What are the benefits of the Conversational course?

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.

What will we learn in each lesson?

First of all, as with all of our courses, we’ll have a free online lesson to start with.  That way, we’ll be able to establish our starting point – your level in Greek and your general interests. You can take the course as a one-to-one course or as a semi-private lesson. In the first lesson, we’ll decide together about a topic that you would like to discuss. Then you’ll have a chance to think about the topic, look up suitable vocabulary and think about how you will put across your perspective on this topic. The course will develop your language skills, especially your speaking fluency. While you’re researching your topic, thinking about the issues and planning what you’ll talk about, you’ll also be increasing your vocabulary and using Greek expressions that really help the other person to understand what you’re saying. 

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The course will develop your language skills

Successful communication needs all of these things – that you understand the topic and have the Greek language skills to explain to other people what you think and how you feel about that topic. And that’s what it’s all about, really – successful communication and making connections with people.

What topics will we cover?

The choice of topic will be entirely down to you. Sometimes it’s good to think of something that would make a good topic of conversation when you’re in company with Greek people.  Usually, they will be topics that are of interest to people the world over. What kind of things do you like to discuss it with your friends? Let’s think of things like the current political situation, climate issues, modern technology, social issues like unemployment, migration and poverty. Other topics could be more light-hearted such as sport, celebrities, films and entertainment. All of these are topics that will interest people everywhere.  

Where will we get our information from?

There are many sources of information in Greek. Obviously, since we’re working online, we’ll usually turn to online sources first. You can access Greek langiage newspapers, radio and TV stations online. The ubiquitous Wikipedia is also available in Greek. Many organisations in Greece have their own websites and you can find lots of information in Greek about a wide range of topics on these websites as well. Your tutor is also an invaluable source of information and they will have lots of ideas and suitable texts in Greek which they will make available to you. Your tutor can also make sure that the language content of texts is at the right level for you.

How will the lesson be structured?

In the lesson, with our tutor’s guidance, you’ll discuss the topic. You’ll have the chance to express your opinion and explain your viewpoint. This is where you’ll get great practice at developing your speaking fluency in Greek as well as expanding your vocabulary. Then we might have some alternative opinions put forward which you can consider and respond to. Taking part in a conversation requires us to listen as well as to speak, to give other people a chance to speak and to invite opinions from quieter people in our company. These are general social skills that we use to keep the wheels of society turning and sometimes there are small local variations.  In other words, we’ll be mimicking a normal conversational situation that you might come across in any kafeneio or taverna in Greece or Cyprus. So the next time you find yourself speaking Greek in the company of Greek speakers, you’ll be able to draw on your increased conversational skills, your improved Greek pronunciation and your use of common expressions as well as your improved listening skills.

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