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I just started with a greek course at a local community college /evening class. We have friends in greece (thassos) and we visit them almost every year. I still cant do much more than, Kalimera and me lene .... . Pos sas lene;

I hope I can find here some links to (audio) ressources as I find it rather difficult to learn language from the scratch in my age without daily training or even hearing the sound of the language.

LiveMocha's Greek Course

Hello everyone!

This is not brand new, so you might know of it already.

Livemocha (http://www.livemocha.com) has a Greek Course available, which Greek learners can benefit from I suppose.

If you have already tried it, you may share your opinions here, to help others decide if they'd like to try it.

I would also like to add, that I am a member in Livemocha, so if you'd like to practice your Greek in the chatting feature Livemocha offers or something like that (e.g. review your submissions), please let me know :)

More torrents of greek courses

I was looking for more courses through torrentz.eu and this is what I came up with:

1. A Greek course from Cyprus, consisting of 105 lessons.

This is the torrent link:
http://www.torrenthound.com/torrent/7bffad973cc997bbb6ff38faf47016d531eac5ad

Description:
Course Information

Learn Greek Online is a course provided by Kypros-Net in collaboration with the CyBC to teach the modern Greek language online.
Learn Greek Online is currently composed of 105 real audio files (around 15 minutes each), online student notes, a collection of collaborative learning tools and an online greek dictionary and a greek spell checker.

The text version of these lessons has been contributed by students of this course.

http://www.kypros.org/LearnGreek/


2. A Linguaphone Greek course, consisting of 8 units (4 CDs)

Here is the torrent link:
http://torrents.thepiratebay.org/5226322/Linguaphone_PDQ_Greek_-_Quick_language_course.5226322.TPB.torrent

Description:
Linguaphone PDQ Greek - Quick language course
Format: pdf, mp3
Quality: book - very good; mp3 - 160 kbps
Pages: 64
Size: 34Mb + 73Mb + 70Mb + 71Mb + 79Mb

Designed with busy people in mind, PDQ is an effective way to learn essential and practical Greek. Native speakers take the listener to Greece to learn the essential Greek he or she needs to get by. Topics covered include: meeting
people for the first time; asking a question; ordering food and drink; starting a conversation; getting to know someone; talking about your family and friends; finding your way around and asking directions; talking about your home and where you live; hiring a car; and sightseeing. The recordings are bilingual so the learner can study simply by listening to the lessons. The book offers helpful backup and extra practice.

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If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
If you have any other suggestions, don't hesitate to make them!
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Also, you might want to check previous posts with courses, like:
Pimsleur AudioLessons
Some more Primsleur: Reading Lessons

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Hello everyone!

Hello, greek_lessons team! How is everybody?

I came across a short greek course for travellers at torrentz.eu, and I thought I'd share here for those of you who are familiar with downloading torrents.

The link of the torrent is: http://torrents.thepiratebay.org/4799358/In-Flight_Greek_-_Learn_Before_You_Land.4799358.TPB.torrent

Here's the description:
In-Flight Greek - Learn Before You Land

Living Language In-Flight Greek is the Perfect Boarding Pass to learning Greek before you Land

There's no better way to make use of all that spare time on a plane than to master the essentials of a language. This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough to get by in every situation essential to both the tourist and business traveler.

The program covers everything from greetings and polite expressions to asking directions, getting around, checking into a hotel, and going to a restaurant. There are even sections for meeting people and spending a night on the town.


It contains the following tracks:

-- 01 Saying Hello
-- 02 Basic Expressions
-- 03 Numbers
-- 04 At the Airport
-- 05 Getting Around
-- 06 Asking Directions
-- 07 At the Hotel
-- 08 Making Friends
-- 09 At the Restaurant
-- 10 Telling Time
-- 11 Money
-- 12 Shopping
-- 13 Staying in Touch
-- 14 At the Train Station
-- 15 Getting Help
-- 16 Days and Months
-- 17 Going Out
-- 18 Asking Questions And Describing Things

Format: MP3 | 60 min | 128 Kbps | 53 MB
Do you know what an English idiom push up daisies mean? Well, now with WikIdioms, you can know in no time. WikIdioms is a new collaborative effort of translators and language lovers who have created first Internet multilingual dictionary of idiomatic expressions. It is both useful and fun! Everyone can also contribute expressions that he knows. Visit WikIdioms, educate yourself, translate idioms, contribute, have fun!

Idiom translation is one hardest translation-related tasks. Idioms cannot be translated literally, as it will result in non-sense. In order to translate an idiom one should find the equivalent expression in the second language. It requires deep familiarity with the language and knowing the specifics of its metaphorical speech. WikIdioms is in fact a multilingual dictionary of idioms, created by native language speakers.

You can find a lot of Greek idioms translated to English and vice versa.

March - Μάρτιος

You already now the names of the months from this lesson but let's have a reminder:

* Ιανουάριος - January
* Φεβρουάριος - February
* Μάρτιος - March
* Απρίλιος - April
* Μάιος - May
* Ιούνιος - June
* Ιούλιος - July
* Αύγουστος - August
* Σεπτέμβριος - September
* Οκτώβριος - October
* Νοέμβριος - November
* Δεκέμβριος - December

* Χειμώνας - Winter
* Άνοιξη - Spring
* Καλοκαίρι - Summer
* Φθινόπωρο - Fall / Autumn

In this post we'll talk about the current month March, Μάρτιος or Μάρτης.

Ο Μάρτιος είναι ο τρίτος μήνας του χρόνου και ο πρώτος της άνοιξης. Ο Ρωμύλος καθιέρωσε το Μάρτη πρώτο μήνα του χρόνου για να τιμήσει το θεό Άρη, που τον θεωρούσε γενάρχη των Ρωμαίων. Ο Άρης στα λατινικά λέγεται Mars κι από κει πήρε κι ο μήνας τ' όνομά του. Στις 20 προς 21 του Μάρτη έχουμε την εαρινή ισημερία, δηλ. 12 ώρες μέρα και 12 ώρες νύχτα.

Ο καιρός το Μάρτη είναι πολύ άστατος, γιατί είναι ένα μεταβατικό στάδιο απ' το χειμώνα στην άνοιξη. Γι' αυτό κι ο λαός μας έχει δώσει πολλά ονόματα στο Μάρτη και πολλές παροιμίες συνδέονται μ' αυτόν. Ο λαός τον αποκαλεί γδάρτη, παλουκοκάφτη, κλαψομάρτη και πεντάγνωμο.

Επειδή ο καιρός αλλάζει εύκολα το Μάρτη ο λαός λέει: "Ο Μάρτης ο πεντάγνωμος πέντε φορές εχιόνισε και πάλι το μετάνοιωσε που δεν εξαναχιόνισε". Επειδή το κρύο δεν υποχωρεί εντελώς, αλλά μερικές φορές είναι πολύ έντονο, υπάρχει η παροιμία: "Μάρτης γδάρτης και κακός παλουκοκάφτης". Επειδή όμως παρόλ' αυτά η άνοιξη και το καλοκαίρι έρχονται, ο λαός λέει: "Μάρτης κι αν χιονίσει, καλοκαίρι θα μυρίσει".

Ο Μάρτης είναι ο μήνας της αναζωογόνησης και του οργασμού της φύσης. Ανεβαίνει η θερμοκρασία, γλυκαίνει ο καιρός, η γη γεμίζει πράσινο χορτάρι, τα δέντρα βγάζουν βλαστούς και φύλλα και τα ζώα ξυπνούν απ' το χειμωνιάτικο ύπνο τους. Οι γεωργοί κάνουν τις τελευταίες προετοιμασίες κι αρχίζουν τη σπορά. Βοτανίζουν και σκαλίζουν τα σπαρμένα χωράφια και κλαδεύουν τα δέντρα. Ο Μάρτης είναι ωραίος μήνας. Ομορφαίνει η φύση και προκαλεί στην καρδιά του ανθρώπου αισιοδοξία για την άνοιξη που έρχεται, μετά τη μελαγχολία του χειμώνα.

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BBC Languages: TALK GREEK

I gathered all the resources BBC Language has to offer on the Greek Language in this single post.
Use at your own pace or just ignore it if you're more advanced :-)
Don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have on this material.
I hope there are no typing mistakes (or any other kind of mistake for that matter) in this course; I haven't checked it all throughout, but I trust BBC is a reliable source.



A gentle introduction to basic Greek in 10 short parts. Click on the topics in order: you'll see a slideshow and hear the language.

Then, look up the useful phrases with tips on pronunciation and grammar, and cultural notes. Then you'll be able to check what you've learnt with a series of short challenges.

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You can also watch the video clips of all the teaching scenes from the TV series with their transcripts.

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Talk Greek - Olympics


Did you know that the English word gymnasium comes from the classical Greek γυμνός, gymnos, meaning naked? By the late 8th century BC, nudity was the dress code for most of the contestants in the ancient Olympic Games.

Try your hand at this quiz and find out more about the classic games. Use the clues to decode the Greek letters and reveal some surprising English connections.


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Language Notes



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Essential Phrases :: from BBC Languages

Some Audio to practice by listening and repeating ;)

Basics :: 10 essential basic phrases in Greek

Accommodation :: 9 essential accommodation phrases in Greek

Food and drink :: 13 essential food and drink phrases in Greek

Shopping :: 11 essential shopping phrases in Greek

Getting around :: 12 essential getting around phrases in Greek

Beach :: 13 essential beach phrases in Greek

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Hi! So, I will admit that I don't speak a word of Greek. That being said, I spent my birthday in Botswana with a bunch of foreigners, and one of them was a Greek. He wrote in my birthday card in Greek, and I have been meaning to get a translation since I came home in January!

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...it's all Greek to me. Literally. Hopefully there's nothing too dirty!

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Summer Vacation, is it?

I haven't noticed any activity in the last five lessons I posted so I guess it's the summer hiatus for most of us! Maybe I should stop the course for a while and resume in September again!

For those of you who will be online during August, may I suggest this link:
http://www.freerice.com/index.php

which is an english vocabulary quiz and for each word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

For those of you who would like to revise our course so far, or for any new members that might show up and would like to catch up with the course, you can do so by following the "Zafiria Kostopoulou Lessons" tag.

Please let me know if the audio in the last two lessons appear correctly. It appears all right in my Opera browser, but I'm having problems when using the Internet Explorer...

Also, here is a chance to comment about this community and its content, whether you find it useful and if you have any suggestions on how to make it better!

Καλό καλοκαίρι!


Have a nice summer!