Modern Greek

greek_circled_flagYia sou!  Γεια σου!

Around 13 million people - mostly in Greece and Cyprus (where it is one of two official languages) - speak the modern form of Greek. However, Greek speakers are by far, more international than South-eastern Europe and can be encountered in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia where they all form a significant (and growing) diaspora. Moreover, because of the importance of Greek civilization to the West, many things the Greeks invented or were the first to do are enmeshed into our own culture: from drama and political theory, through classical architecture and even the Olympic games.

The language's origins date back nearly three and a half millennia but this course from Languages at Leicester is specifically in its modern form. Useful if you plan a holiday to Mykonos or the Peloponnese but not aimed at those wishing to read Homer's Iliad or Odyssey (although it may give you a leg up in that direction).

Levels offered: Modern Greek

Beginners (level 1 - A1 CEFR) AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020

You have little or no prior knowledge of Modern Greek.

Post-beginners (level 2 - A2 CEFR) AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020

You can manage Modern Greek language in basic situations using the present tense.

Not sure which level you want? Use the ELP self-assessment grid to identify your level of competence.

Course Content:

  • Greetings,
  • Personal information,
  • Talking about my family,
  • Occupations,
  • Ordering food and drinks,
  • Shopping,
  • Ask and give time,
  • Nationalities, Numbers,
  • Ask and give directions.

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Greeting: "Καλημέρα" (Pronunciation: Kaliméra) (Good morning)

Counting: ένα/ena, δύο/dio, τρία/tria, τέσσερα/tessera, πέντε/pente...

Useful phrase: "Πόσο κοστίζει αυτό?" (Pronunciation: Póso kostízei aftó?) (How much is this? - formal)

Interesting points: Did you know that the Ancient Greeks were the first Europeans to read and write with an alphabet? It may be fascinating to recognize that the actual word "alphabet" is actually derived from the first two letters of the Ancient Greek Alphabet (alfa - beta). It is estimated that about 12% of the English vocabulary - mainly technical and scientific terms - are derived from Greek (e.g. "mathematics", "astronomy", "geography", "politics", "democracy", "athletics", "marathon", "technology", "antibiotics", "telephone"...)

Indeed, almost every English word that starts with a "ph" is believed to be of Greek origin (so not just "physiology" then!). So in a nut-shell, studying Modern Greek as a foreign language is actually far simpler than you may think.

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Modern Languages at Leicester, part of the School of Arts, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees combining French, Spanish and Italian with each other and with other academic subjects. We also offer degrees in translation and interpreting.

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