This self-study course assumes no prior knowledge of the Greek language and seeks to familiarise beginners with the basic grammar, vocabulary and syntax. By means of a simple methodology based on dialogues, basic vocabulary and a variety of contexts, learners gradually obtain the necessary linguistic skills in order to understand and effectively use the Greek language up to intermediate level (B1). Provided with the requisite knowledge of grammar and syntax and encouraged to apply theory in a wide range of exercises, students can step-by-step master even hard areas of the language such as spelling, punctuation and pronunciation. To this end, among other features, the IPA (international Phonetic Alphabet) is used, thus guiding learners on the correct pronunciation of individual sounds of the language.
More specifically, each chapter contains a dialogue whose main vocabulary items are explained, so that learners can follow its meaning. Then, there is usually a BASIC VOCABULARY section, which provides students with important words and phrases falling into a specific category, such as furniture, vehicles, and so forth. Apart from this, there is always a GRAMMAR section, which presents, in a linear way, all the grammar rules and exceptions of the Greek language, some of which are found in previously taught dialogues. Importantly, there exercises at the end of each section, which comprises of a short paragraph dealing with such historical, social and cultural issues as famous authors, poets, celebrated works, monuments and current affairs, to name but a few.
In the Appendices, students can find the translations of all dialogues and texts, along with tables of verbs and nouns presented in the course of the book. An exercise key is also provided, which makes this course book the ideal reference tool for self study.
Greek as a Foreign Language is also accompanied by 4 cd’s containing the recordings of all dialogues and texts. This will assist learners in familiarising themselves with a variety of accents, although standard modern Greek is preferred in most cases.