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    content learn to speak, understand and write greek progress quickly beyond the basics explore the language in depth

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    Introduction 1how to use this book 2pronunciation gUide 601 V&laoou! hi! 17

    ask for and give personal information;introduce people; use Greek greetings

    02 TI KOV&U;;how are you doing? 33engage in 'small talk'; enquire about eachother's health; converse about common dailyactivities; talk about what jobs people have;count from 1-10

    03 tAa va n10UIl&tva OU~KI!let's have a glass of ouzo! 47

    order drinks; ask for local drinks;count from 11-20

    04 KaAI\OP&~'l!bon appelit! 61order food in a restaurant; ask for localspecialities; enquire about Greek eating habits;count from 21-100

    05 revision test 1 7606 nou &ival '1AKpOnoA'l;

    where is the Acropolis? 82ask for directions; understand simpleinstructions; find your way around;count from 101-1 000


  • vi 07 KaAa Ta~i61!have a nice trip! 99 key to the exercises 239 vii(') make travel arrangements; find out about glossary of grammatical terms 253 g0

    public transport; purchase tickets and make 257a grammar summary ~CD S'~ reservations; tell the time; count from index of grammatical terms and thematic vocabulary 269 ~..en

    1000-10000 Greek history timeline 27108 &X&T&6wlloTla; do you have any rooms? 115 Greek language timeline 273

    enquire about rooms; make hotel reservations; taking it further 277check in or check out; explain a problem with English-Greek glossary 279your room Greek-English glossary 297

    09 9tAT& TinoTa; how can I help you? 131buy things; enquire about prices; statepreferences; name fruit and vegetables; namecolours

    10 revision test 2 15011 tAa; nOI0C;ival; hello! who is it? 157

    make telephone calls; make arrangements tomeet someone; suggest what to do and whereto meet; talk about business plans

    12 ixa tva Tpollpa novoKtcpaAo!I had a terrible headache! 172

    express feelings; talk to a doctor; ask forremedies; name different professions; namedifferent sports

    13 TI Kalpa &KaV; what was the weather like? 189talk about the weather; use expressions of time;get the gist of a weather forecast; name themonths and seasons

    14 nou n~yaT&yla noaxa;where did you go for Easter? 210

    use appropriate language at a social function;express wishes or congratulations; expressopinions and state preferences; describe pastevents

    15 revision test 3 230

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    ~o:c Special thanks for this new edition go to Rebecca Green, GinnyCatmur and Sue Hart, my editors at Hodder & Stoughton; also to mystudents in New York City, Athens, and now in Berlin who have_ shown me over the years what is important and fun when learningCD Modem Greek.C.ceCD3CD~tn

    Welcome to Teach Yourself Greek!

    This is a course designed for learners with no previous knowledgeof Greek; it can also be used by students with some previousknowledge of Greek to revise and consolidate their language skills.Whatever your aims in using this book, you can learn at your ownpace and to the level you need. By the end of the course you shouldbe able to communicate in most everyday situations, while visitingGreece.

    The language you will learn in this book is that of everyday life inGreece, so you can familiarize yourself with Greek people, theircustoms, the climate and the country.

    The emphasis is on the communicative aspect of the language; fITstjust try to get the gist of the dialogues, bearing in mind the nameof the unit. There are many phrases in the fITst four units (designedas a 'survival package' - a basic introduction to the language youneed in Greece) which are best learned as phrases. You will meetthe grammar explaining the structure of the phrases in later units.

    This book will teach you the standard spoken language used todayin Greece. It's called demotic meaning 'popular' or 'everyday'language, as opposed to katharevousa, a form of Modem Greek,which is almost extinct. For a fuller explanation of the history ofthe Greek language, turn to page 273.

    You already know a lot of GreekAccording to Aristides Konstantinides' book Greek Words in theEnglish Language there are 45,729 Greek words in English!

    As you work through this course, you will become increasinglyaware of Greek loan words in English although sometimes, you


  • have to stretch your imagination and bend the odd pronunciation ruleto spot them. Here are some fIrst examples of loan words: problem,music, politics, idea, programme, system. Have a go at the Similaror different exercises in the Practice section of each unit. There areat least ten words in these exercises throughout this book that testyour ability to make associations between what you already knowand what you are learning. These associations can sometimes bedifficult to detect: for example the words puOo~ (myth), pttpo(metre) and 1tEpiooo~ (period) are easily detected once you know theGreek alphabet, but the word PtPAio (book) does not carry animmediate association, although bibliography does.

    You might be relieved to know that there are a large number ofEnglish loan words in Greek too, for example complex, stress andcamping. Many sports are also identical in both languages, forinstance tennis and volleyball. New technology has also introducedmany terms in Greek: computer, fax, and email are a few examples.In Greece many signs are in English, including the street sign for'stop', the sign 'we' for public toilets, and even 'P' for car parks.Sometimes, there is a Greek word for these words, but the Englishword is generally used in everyday language.

    Read the introduction in English at the beginning of each dialoguebefore you read, or listen to, the dialogue. The dialogues marked withD are on the recording which accompanies this book. To developgood pronunciation, you are strongly advised to use the recording asmuch as possible.

    Study the dialogue and the vocabulary after the dialogue. Words fromall units can be found in the Greek-English glossary at the end ofthe book.

    In the Language notes section you will fInd explanations of the newmaterial, as well as useful facts connected with the subject matter ofthe dialogues. There are also many new words in this section.Learning these words is extremely important since vocabulary is thebackbone of any language - as well as extremely useful whenvisiting Greece or talking to Greek people elsewhere.