MODERN GREEK

The first problem you'll face when learning Greek is trying to read the alphabet. The best place to start is at David Eisenberg's site, An Introduction to Modern Greek. He starts slowly, taking you through one or two letters at a time and then showing how they're combined in useful words and expressions - so you'll start learning to speak Greek at the same time. He also provides some fun ways of remembering the sounds and plenty of practice activities. The letters are provided by the exercises so you don't have to worry about the font. Start on the page we've linked to, and then progress through the rest of the unit by clicking on the green arrow bottom right.

By the time you've finished David's exercises on the alphabet, you'll be ready to start the BBC's Talk Greek course. It's designed to accompany the TV series of the same name, but can also be used independently. It consists of ten short units, each based around a situation that might be useful when you're travelling in the country - introducing yourself and other people, asking for directions, ordering a meal, taking a boat trip and so on. Start by watching the Slideshow to learn the language - you'll see and hear the Greek expressions, and their pronunciation and English translation. Then look at the TV transcripts - you'll be able to watch excerpts from the shows as well as see the scripts. Deepen your learning by using some of the ideas suggested in the Learning Tips article Two steps forward and one step back. Finally, test your understanding of what you've learnt with the Fast Track exercises. If you're in the UK and want to follow the shows too, check out the times with the BBC's programme search, or look at our Language Learning News section (see the sidebar) where we'll tell you what programmes can be seen each month.

After Talk Greek, consolidate and deepen your knowledge of the language with Learn Greek On-line - a great site produced in collaboration with the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. It provides seven courses, each made up of fifteen lessons and at different levels of ability. The lessons are based on an audio format, but full transcripts are available. You need to register but it's free. As with the BBC course, you'll be able to use the transcripts to create your own written exercises for consolidation.


And if you're a teacher or home-schooling parent looking for tips on methodology, lesson plans and practical activities to use in the classroom, go to our section for Teachers and Parents.