10 tips to learn greek!

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Alkiviadis PeiosEnglisch
12. November 2018
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Are you struggling to learn greek? If you currently believe that you can never become bilingual, get ready to take some notes! Here are some top tips to help you boost your greek learning:

1. Know your why
This might sound obvious, but if you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run. Wanting to impress Greek-speakers with your greek is not a very good reason — wanting to get to know a Greek person in their own language is another matter entirely. No matter your reason, once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit. So, WHY do YOU learn greek?

2. Find a partner
Having the support of another person will accelerate your learning immensely. No matter what stage you are at in learning greek, find someone who is also trying to learn the language. Even if you can’t get a sibling to join you on your language adventure, finding some kind of partner will push both of you to always try just a little bit harder and stay with it. Schedule times to meet up and share any progress and offer feedback for one another. Exchange resources or tips that have been helpful to you. This can also be a great time to practice your skills with each other. Best of all, you can set goals and hold each other accountable to completing them by the next time you meet.
It’s a really great way of actually going about it. You have someone with whom you can speak, and that’s the idea behind learning a new language.

3. Speak as Much as You Can even to Yourself
The only way language will stick is by speaking and listening often, so take any opportunity you can find to use another language. Talk to friends from Greece, try out a greek restaurant and speak to the owners in their language, or join meet-ups of like-minded language learners.
When you have no one else to speak to, there’s nothing wrong with talking to yourself in a foreign language. It might sound really weird, but actually speaking to yourself in a language is a great way to practice if you’re not able to use it all the time.
If you don’t know how to go about learning a new language, this can keep new words and phrases fresh in your mind. It also helps build up your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.
 Remember to work on your accent and tones—one of the best compliments to receive is “your accent is really good!”    
             
4. Have fun
Using your new language in any way is a creative act.
Think of some fun ways to practice your new language: make a radio play with a friend, draw a comic strip, write a poem or simply talk to whomever you can.
You’re learning a language to be able to use it. You’re not going to speak it only to yourself. The creative side is really being able to put the language that you’re learning into a more useful, general, everyday setting — be that through writing songs, generally wanting to speak to people, or using it when you go abroad. You don’t necessarily have to go to Athens or to a sunny greek island to learn greek; you can go to the greek restaurant down the road and order in greek.            
           
5. Learn and act like a child
Try approaching greek through the eyes of a child. Children’s books and learning materials start with the basics and break them down into small fragments—and when you’re pressed for time, that can be much easier than getting into a dense workbook.
You can use children’s books and music videos to help gauge when you are ready to move past an introductory level. You can also gain confidence by speaking to younger students—they will understand your basic words, and you won’t be so worried about messing up. These conversations will give you the foundation to learn “formal” greek later.
As kids, we are expected to make mistakes, but as adults, mistakes become taboo. Think how an adult is more likely to say, “I can’t” rather than, “I haven’t learned that yet” (I can’t swim, I can’t drive, I can’t speak Spanish). To be seen failing (or merely struggling) is a social taboo that doesn’t burden children. When it comes to learning a language, admitting that you don’t know everything (and being okay with that) is the key to growth and freedom. Let go of your grown-up inhibitions!

6. Listen 
You must learn to listen before you can speak. Every language sounds strange the first time you hear it, but the more you expose yourself to it the more familiar it becomes, and the easier it is to speak it properly.
We’re able to pronounce anything, it’s just we’re not used to doing it. The best way to go about mastering that is actually to hear it constantly, to listen to it and to kind of visualize or imagine how that is supposed to be pronounced, because for every sound there is a specific part of the mouth or throat that we use in order to achieve that sound.

7. Watch other talk
Different languages make different demands on your tongue, lips and throat. Pronunciation is just as much physical as it is mental:
One way — it might sound a bit strange — is to really look at someone while they’re saying words that use that sound, and then to try to imitate that sound as much as possible. Believe me, it might be difficult at the beginning, but you will. It’s something that is actually quite easily done; you just need to practice it.
If you can’t watch and imitate a native-speaker in person, watching greek films and TV is a good substitute.

8. Get out of your comfort zone
Willingness to make mistakes means being ready to put yourself in potentially embarrassing situations. This can be scary, but it’s the only way to develop and improve. No matter how much you learn, you won’t ever speak a language without putting yourself out there: talk to strangers in the language, ask for directions, order food, try to tell a joke. The more often you do this, the bigger your comfort zone becomes and the more at ease you can be in new situations.
At the beginning you’re going to encounter difficulties: maybe the pronunciation, maybe the grammar, the syntax, or you don’t really get the sayings. But I think the most important thing is to always develop this feel. Every native speaker has a feel for his or her own language, and that’s basically what makes a native-speaker — whether you can make the language your own.

9. Learn from every mistake
If you are living in an environment that allows you to practice greek, congrats! Now get ready to make a lot of mistakes otherwise you won’t learn greek. It’s best to leave your ego out of the situation when doing something as difficult as learning a new language. Leave any desires for perfection and any fears of judgment at the door.
You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you are stubborn or defensive, you’ll shield yourself from endless opportunities for growth. Keep in mind that many natives will be grateful and appreciative of your attempt to learn such an important part of their culture. Congratulate yourself for even the smallest mistakes because it means you are trying.
As you go about your day-to-day life and practice using your new language, resist the urge to judge each conversation as a success or failure. It’s tempting to be our own worst critic and beat ourselves up for not remembering a particular word or knowing how to clearly express a thought. Instead, approach each interaction as a new opportunity for you to learn something.
Reflect on each conversation and give yourself constructive feedback. Some things you might want to think about are:
  • What words/phrase would have served me in that conversation?
  • What new words did I hear/see?
  • How could I more effectively have a similar conversation in the future?
When you start embracing the ups and downs of the learning process, you’ll better enjoy and appreciate the journey, which sets yourself up for more learning opportunities.
Remember, the success comes from the simple fact that you are trying. Use these tips and you’ll be well on your way to learning a new language with grace, speed and ease.

10. Immerse yourself
No matter which learning tools you use, it’s crucial to practice greek every single day and immerse yourself if you want to learn greek fast:
Absorb as much as possible right from the start. So if you learn something, you should really, really go for it and try to use it throughout the day. As the week progresses  try to think in it, try to write in it, try to speak to yourself even in that language. It’s about actually putting what you’re learning into practice — be that writing an email, speaking to yourself, listening to music, listening to the radio. Surrounding yourself, submerging yourself in the new language culture is extremely important.
Remember, the best possible outcome of speaking a language is for people to speak back to you. Being able to have a simple conversation is a huge reward in itself. Reaching milestones like that early on will make it easier to stay motivated and keep practicing. And don’t worry, you won’t annoy people by speaking their language poorly. If you preface any interaction with, “I’m learning and I’d like to practice…” most people will be patient, encouraging and happy to oblige. Taking the initiative to step into someone else’s language world can also put them at ease and promote good feelings all around:
Sure, you can travel abroad speaking your own language, but you’ll get so much more out of it being able to actually feel at ease in the place you are — being able to communicate, to understand, to interact in every situation you could possibly imagine.
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Hello, I'm Alcibiades, your Greek tutor and I'm here to help you! Are you ready to finally learn greek? Are you ready to stop wasting time and money in methods that don't work? If so you are in the right place! I've helped a lot of students and I can help you, too! Forget the traditional, boring way of learning a new language and embrace my unique, fun and highly interactive method! I will show you what you need to do to reach a high level of greek, how you can take control of your learning and finally make progress to greek fluency! We will use my unique method which combines: 1)My Greek Real Life Simulation Online Game to get immersed in a greek environment from the very beginning and learn as if you were a kid in a highly interactive way! 2) Textbooks and workbooks 3) Ppt presentations 4) Fun and Interactive online softwares and platforms that will help you the most If you want the full experience of learning greek, then I recommend that we aim to develop all four major language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing). However, depending on your ultimate goals, any combination of the four will do! The lessons are being conducted in a friendly, easy to use, highly interactive online platform better than Skype! Few minutes before our session I will send you a link and you will join me! Here is what we can do with it: -Chat -Use video ( HD voice and video) -Share our screen -Use annotations while we're sharing our screen (like a whiteboard)! -Share our computer audio; this is a great feature when playing a video or listening a song! -Play and learn via Quizzes and educational games -Write with a keyboard or a digital pen (optional) -Record our sessions -Much better quality of the call compared to other video conferencing software -Learn through a real life simulation Online game!!! Here is what my students enjoy: -They use methods that actually work -They learn how to read, write and speak Greek in a special highly interactive way -They take advantage of the virtual classroom which provides a student friendly environment for everybody, anywhere ( I wills -They benefit from the flexibility that an online lesson provides -They take control of their learning and learn independently -They enjoy the journey and have lots of fun by using a variety of materials such as songs, videos, games etc -They make Greek a part of their life -Adults learn 10x times faster as if they were kids through a Real Life Simulation Online Game immersed in a greek environment ( you won't find this anywhere else! ) -They eventually make amazing progress! What few of my students say about my lessons: -Laura: He is a fantastic teacher - knowledgeable and patient. What really impressed me is that he has managed to pitch lessons perfectly to me - even when I have prior knowledge of Greek that didn't conform to a specific curricula. He is very flexible and friendly and I leave every lesson excited and invigorated, no matter how tired I was in the beginning! He also makes allowances for my Cypriotisms which is so lovely, as this has often been a sticking point. He has a variety of systems and softwares, which are super easy to use which mean that being online is not a problem at all. I cannot recommend him highly enough -Caroline: I have spent so long looking for a greek teacher & now I have found the best one of all. Alciviades is a wonderful greek teacher lessons are smart, imaginative, flexible & fun.I love the mythology most of all .Thanks Alciviades & heres to many more. -Gina: excellent tutor who i highly recommend, he prepared my daughter for greek school and the teachers in the school are very impressed with the education she received from him. -Hector: Fantastic teacher! Class really good organised with plenty of extra materials.Definately i would recommend him to whoever wants to learn greek. *All ages and levels! *First lesson FREE! *NO need to buy a book! *FREE digital educational material! Experience and Education: I have 6 years of experience teaching Greek to adults and children as a private tutor. I have delivered private lessons with supplementary school material to children aged 6-11, on maths, physics, Greek and history. Moreover, I was a volunteer teacher of Greek as a foreign/second language for immigrants and their children. In Scotland I worked at the Greek School of Glasgow and I delivered private in-home tuition. I was also an examiner and assessor of the speaking examination at all levels for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek (established by the Greek Ministry of Education) that held in mid-May 2018 in Glasgow,UK. At the moment I deliver private in-home tuition in Edinburgh and Online lessons.I am also training teachers in Online teaching, providing live and recorded webinars. Studies: BEd Primary Education Sciences University of the Aegean, School of Humanities, Greece [September 2008 - June 2012] Interdisciplinary study program focusing on : • Educational Sciences and Psychology • Social and Human Science and their Didactics • Science-New Technologies and their Didactics • Language , Literature and Folklore *Specialized in Cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning that includes contributions from Greek language-history-Mythology. Approach to teaching: Learning a language can be challenging so I have the patience to explain new concepts and processes.I am a confident, patient, friendly and reliable individual who pays attention to not only academic but also emotional development, always placing students at the center of learning. I strongly believe that learning should be enjoyable and I ensure that my tuition is both personalised and active. I take time to build good working relationships with all my students as I think that happy and relaxed learners are successful learners. As a tutor, I am able to identify my students' learning styles and adapt my teaching methods to suit. For example, some students are step learners and tend to remember information that's presented in tables or charts, whereas other learners feel they're more effective when chat, discuss and argue. That's why I offer you my " Learning Style Assessment " to find out which type of Learner are you! Yeah, that's right… I adapt my teaching and communication style to suit you, not the other way around because what works with somebody else doesn't mean it will work with you, as well. With my method, the Greek Real Life Simulation Online Game, you will learn greek 10x times faster as if you were kids, immersed in a greek environment! What we do with our Real Life simulation online game is, as much as possible we simulate the environment in which YOU will need to remember, ranging from where you study, to what you hear, and even how you feel. This is done so as to encode the memory as closely as possible to the environment in which it will be retrieved. We practice in different contexts and settings, so that the knowledge is encoded more thoroughly in YOUR mind! Of course all of these are combined with efficient workbooks, textbooks, interactive apps and software, and real time feedback to ensure YOUR way to greek fluency. And don't forget spaced repetition over time is an effective way to encode learning and the best kind of repetition that leads to effective learning is deliberate practice! So, are you ready to get on the road to Greek fluency? Do you still have second thoughts about how my method works? Check my video and see yourself my unique, interactive method in action! If you already watched my video then don't think twice! Book your FREE first session with me now! I have the course package designed to fit your schedule, to help you accomplish your goals!
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Neu!
Neugriechisch
Muttersprachler
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Hello, I'm Alcibiades, your Greek tutor and I'm here to help you! Are you ready to finally learn greek? Are you ready to stop wasting time and money in methods that don't work? If so you are in the right place! I've helped a lot of students and I can help you, too! Forget the traditional, boring way of learning a new language and embrace my unique, fun and highly interactive method! I will show you what you need to do to reach a high level of greek, how you can take control of your learning and finally make progress to greek fluency! We will use my unique method which combines: 1)My Greek Real Life Simulation Online Game to get immersed in a greek environment from the very beginning and learn as if you were a kid in a highly interactive way! 2) Textbooks and workbooks 3) Ppt presentations 4) Fun and Interactive online softwares and platforms that will help you the most If you want the full experience of learning greek, then I recommend that we aim to develop all four major language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing). However, depending on your ultimate goals, any combination of the four will do! The lessons are being conducted in a friendly, easy to use, highly interactive online platform better than Skype! Few minutes before our session I will send you a link and you will join me! Here is what we can do with it: -Chat -Use video ( HD voice and video) -Share our screen -Use annotations while we're sharing our screen (like a whiteboard)! -Share our computer audio; this is a great feature when playing a video or listening a song! -Play and learn via Quizzes and educational games -Write with a keyboard or a digital pen (optional) -Record our sessions -Much better quality of the call compared to other video conferencing software -Learn through a real life simulation Online game!!! Here is what my students enjoy: -They use methods that actually work -They learn how to read, write and speak Greek in a special highly interactive way -They take advantage of the virtual classroom which provides a student friendly environment for everybody, anywhere ( I wills -They benefit from the flexibility that an online lesson provides -They take control of their learning and learn independently -They enjoy the journey and have lots of fun by using a variety of materials such as songs, videos, games etc -They make Greek a part of their life -Adults learn 10x times faster as if they were kids through a Real Life Simulation Online Game immersed in a greek environment ( you won't find this anywhere else! ) -They eventually make amazing progress! What few of my students say about my lessons: -Laura: He is a fantastic teacher - knowledgeable and patient. What really impressed me is that he has managed to pitch lessons perfectly to me - even when I have prior knowledge of Greek that didn't conform to a specific curricula. He is very flexible and friendly and I leave every lesson excited and invigorated, no matter how tired I was in the beginning! He also makes allowances for my Cypriotisms which is so lovely, as this has often been a sticking point. He has a variety of systems and softwares, which are super easy to use which mean that being online is not a problem at all. I cannot recommend him highly enough -Caroline: I have spent so long looking for a greek teacher & now I have found the best one of all. Alciviades is a wonderful greek teacher lessons are smart, imaginative, flexible & fun.I love the mythology most of all .Thanks Alciviades & heres to many more. -Gina: excellent tutor who i highly recommend, he prepared my daughter for greek school and the teachers in the school are very impressed with the education she received from him. -Hector: Fantastic teacher! Class really good organised with plenty of extra materials.Definately i would recommend him to whoever wants to learn greek. *All ages and levels! *First lesson FREE! *NO need to buy a book! *FREE digital educational material! Experience and Education: I have 6 years of experience teaching Greek to adults and children as a private tutor. I have delivered private lessons with supplementary school material to children aged 6-11, on maths, physics, Greek and history. Moreover, I was a volunteer teacher of Greek as a foreign/second language for immigrants and their children. In Scotland I worked at the Greek School of Glasgow and I delivered private in-home tuition. I was also an examiner and assessor of the speaking examination at all levels for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek (established by the Greek Ministry of Education) that held in mid-May 2018 in Glasgow,UK. At the moment I deliver private in-home tuition in Edinburgh and Online lessons.I am also training teachers in Online teaching, providing live and recorded webinars. Studies: BEd Primary Education Sciences University of the Aegean, School of Humanities, Greece [September 2008 - June 2012] Interdisciplinary study program focusing on : • Educational Sciences and Psychology • Social and Human Science and their Didactics • Science-New Technologies and their Didactics • Language , Literature and Folklore *Specialized in Cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning that includes contributions from Greek language-history-Mythology. Approach to teaching: Learning a language can be challenging so I have the patience to explain new concepts and processes.I am a confident, patient, friendly and reliable individual who pays attention to not only academic but also emotional development, always placing students at the center of learning. I strongly believe that learning should be enjoyable and I ensure that my tuition is both personalised and active. I take time to build good working relationships with all my students as I think that happy and relaxed learners are successful learners. As a tutor, I am able to identify my students' learning styles and adapt my teaching methods to suit. For example, some students are step learners and tend to remember information that's presented in tables or charts, whereas other learners feel they're more effective when chat, discuss and argue. That's why I offer you my " Learning Style Assessment " to find out which type of Learner are you! Yeah, that's right… I adapt my teaching and communication style to suit you, not the other way around because what works with somebody else doesn't mean it will work with you, as well. With my method, the Greek Real Life Simulation Online Game, you will learn greek 10x times faster as if you were kids, immersed in a greek environment! What we do with our Real Life simulation online game is, as much as possible we simulate the environment in which YOU will need to remember, ranging from where you study, to what you hear, and even how you feel. This is done so as to encode the memory as closely as possible to the environment in which it will be retrieved. We practice in different contexts and settings, so that the knowledge is encoded more thoroughly in YOUR mind! Of course all of these are combined with efficient workbooks, textbooks, interactive apps and software, and real time feedback to ensure YOUR way to greek fluency. And don't forget spaced repetition over time is an effective way to encode learning and the best kind of repetition that leads to effective learning is deliberate practice! So, are you ready to get on the road to Greek fluency? Do you still have second thoughts about how my method works? Check my video and see yourself my unique, interactive method in action! If you already watched my video then don't think twice! Book your FREE first session with me now! I have the course package designed to fit your schedule, to help you accomplish your goals!

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