Greek is a beautiful, poetic language, but it’s also a complex one - it even has it’s own alphabet! It is notoriously difficult for English or Latin- based language speakers to learn despite the fact that many Latin and thus English words have their roots in Greek.
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But, if you’re trying to learn Greek, you’ll be thrilled to know there are A LOT of useful resources available to you online. Here are some of the best materials and courses to help you learn Greek:
As with anything you want to learn, YouTube is filled with educational resources to get you started!
GreekPod101.com has a whole channel dedicated to learning Greek, with hundreds of videos to help you learn Greek pronunciation, the alphabet, greetings, names, holidays, and so much more.
neighbourhoodTutor has a channel with 15 to 20 videos, giving you a basic introduction to the Greek language.
The Travel Linguist also has a few dozen videos on the basics of learning the Greek language.
All of these are great places to get started!
2. 101 Languages
For anyone who wants to get started learning the basics of a new language, 101 Languages is a great place to look. The Greek page comes with resources, links to Greek radio stations, vocabulary lessons, basic words, a quick translator, Greek TV, useful phrases in Greek, flashcards, and so much more. Definitely a good resource to check out!
This website is dedicated entirely to helping you learn Greek, and it doesn’t cost you a penny! When you sign up, you will be asked to make a donation to the website, but it’s up to you to donate or not. The site has over 25 hours of audio files (broken down into 100+ audio files of 15 minutes each). You can learn basic to advanced Greek, and even take a crack at the Ancient Greek used in historic texts and literature.
4. Greek Grammar
If you want to learn the basics of the complex Greek grammar, this is the site for you. You’ll learn everything here that you’d learn in a comprehensive textbook, and all without paying a single cent. It’s all about the nitty gritty of speaking and writing using the proper grammar and structure.
5. Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is one of the most popular language learning courses around, and it’s considered to be one of the most effective! It’s pricey--$250 for the Greek course--but if you need an intensive, immersive experience to help you learn the tough language, it may be the right option for you!
If you are not familiar with the method, Rosetta Stone tries to simulate language immersion using computers by teaching entirely through Greek with no English translation. Of course, this approach isn’t for everyone so make your own decision. Other highly regarded options include Pimsleur and Michel Thomas that focus on forming sentences in your head from the very start.
The BBC website contains a section dedicated to languages, and there is an entire subsection to help you learn Greek. There is only a limited amount of resources available, but it’s a good place to start your education.
7. Learn Greek App
If you’re the kind of person who likes to learn on your smartphone or iPad, you should check out the Learn Greek App. It’s a free app designed for any Android device, and it will teach you more than 800 words and phrases that anyone trying to learn Greek will find useful. There’s even a guide to help you learn the proper pronunciation.
Start off with these resources, and you’ll find yourself well on your way to learning Greek. It’s a tough language, but thanks to the materials above, your route to learning Greek should be a bit easier and quicker!
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Do you know of any other resources for learning Greek? Leave a comment below and let us know…