Athens, the capital of Greece, is home to many fascinating and magnificent attractions. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and thus has one with the longest history. These among other reasons make more people from all over the world want to visit the city – and a reason to want to learn Greek in Athens.
Among all the languages in the world, Greek is one of those that are considered hardest to learn. Below are some basic paragraphs and phrases to help you with your Greek while strolling around Athens. (Note: In Greek, “e” is read as in ‘egg’ and “th” as in ‘this’. The stress falls on the syllable that’s underlined).
kalimera (καληνύχτα) = good morning. It would always be nice to show some courtesy to the locals and tourists alike in Greek. You can also use kalispera (καλησπέρα) in the afternoon and kalinihta (καληνύχτα) in the evening, for ‘good afternoon and good night’, respectively.
When greeting a person or a friend, say, herete = (χαίρετε); and when saying goodbye, use yassou (γειά σου) or adio (αντίο).
Always say thank you in Athens; say Efharisto and when someone thanks you, learn to say welcome by saying, Parakalo.
If you need to ask if the person you are talking to speaks English, say, Mi late Anglika?
To introduce yourself, start with, Me lene… (example: Me lene John)
If you are shopping for souvenirs and asking for prices, say, Poso kanei?
To refer to a Greek man, Ellinas (Ελληνας); the woman is Ellinitha (Ελληνίδα)
For those who will just be in for a weekend in Athens or a long weekend in Athens, learning Greek may not really be a necessity. Of course, it would be an advantage to speak a little Greek while you stroll around the city or shop for souvenirs, but as far as necessity is concerned, it’s not. However, if you are planning to be an Athens expatriate, learning the city’s language should be one of your major considerations before flying to the city and settle in.
Enjoy your Greek language!
Many consider the Greek language to be among the most difficult language in the world. If you are planning to be an Athens expatriate or are thinking about studying in the capital of Greece, you might also want to think about learning the city’s language first.
For convenient yet effective learning, enroll in an Athens language school. There are many in the city that offer Greek language course with packages that will suit your needs, requirements, and budget. Here are a few of the language schools in Athens that you can enroll in:
Founded in 1969, this educational organization was first established to sponsor Greece’s cultural and academic activities. It is located in Athens’ residential area in Mets which is just 15 minutes away from Syntagma Square. Aside from offering immersion language classes, it also provides extra activities to help students better understand the Greek culture; such activities include Greek film showing and Greek dance sessions.
11 Georganta Street
+30 210 808 5185
Boasting of being the center of Greek language training in Athens, Greek House is preferred by many tourists for its innovative teaching methods. Modern Greek language courses are specially designed for foreigners who want to learn the language. It also offers language seminars for groups of up to 8-10 participants at least 17 years old.
This private organization is focused on teaching Greek as a second foreign language. It also promotes the Greek language and culture to people from all over the world. For those who want to learn the language before going to the city, the school also provides online language courses designed especially for adult Greek learners. Aside from language programs, it also offers Greek cooking classes and dancing lessons.
An educational public charity specializing in providing Greek language and culture programs for students who are from the US. Aside from its offered Modern Greek Language Program, it also provides Teacher Training Programs and Translation and Interpretation services.
If you want to do away with the conventional Greek language courses, this school is the right one for you. This prestigious language boasts of teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. This is the perfect school to prepare you for Greek University.
Before you consider moving to Athens, make sure you get yourself prepared to speak the city’s language – Greek.