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)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Modern Greek.

Post-beginners (level 2 - A2 CEFR)

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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NEW Courses 2018

Enrolments for courses starting in January 2018 will open on 1st December 2017.

2017-2018 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 9 October – Saturday 16 December 2017

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 22 January – Saturday 31 March 2018

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 30 April – Saturday 7 July 2018

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018

Please note Languages at Leicester courses will be running during University of Leicester Reading Weeks.