Syllabus level I


Modern Greek for beginners. Basic conversation and grammar for those with little or no knowledge of Greek. Simultaneous emphasis on all skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.

TEXTBOOK USED: Δ.Δημητρά – Μ.Παπαχειμώνα, ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΤΩΡΑ 1+1 Chapters 1-7

 (pages 14-110)

The syllabus can be modified according to the needs of the class.

Dialogues, texts, songs, grammar exercises, drills.

The grammar (with exercises) appears on separated pages. Note: Use the Greek –  English/ English –  Greek vocabulary (pgs: 272-278), grammatical terms (p. 251) as well as the grammar rules on ( pgs. 238-252) at the back of the book (Παράρτημα 237)

Main Grammar areas   (p. 22 – 110)

  1. the Greek alphabet
  2. the three genders
  3. definite-indefinite article
  4.  nouns: masculine in –ος, -ας, ης, feminine in –α, -η, neuter in –o, -ι, -μα

(nominative, accusative cases in singular and plural) – The use of vocative case

  1. adjectives in – ος, -η, -ο and in –ος, – α, -ο (nominative and accusative cases in singular and plural)
  2. pronouns: personal, direct object, indirect object, demonstrative, possessive (weak form indefinite, interrogative, relative, ‘που’, ‘πως’.
  3. Adverbs (time, manner etc.)
  4. Prepositions and common conjuctions
  5. Verbs: present and future of ‘ειμαι’, affirmative, negative. The present tense: conjugation A (active), conjugation B1, B2 active: special cases: (λέω-τρώω-ακούω-φταίω-πάω)
  • the double negative in Modern Greek
  • elementary syntax (subject, object, preposition + accusative etc.)
  • μου αρέσει, υπάρχει
  • μήπως, ίσως

Main conversation/ Vocabulary areas

* Greetings and introductions * personal information * numerals and money * giving and taking directions * shopping cloths * colors * eating out * foods and weights * travel * departure and arrival * telling the time * information for airplanes, boats, trains, buses * hotel reservations * days of the week * months and seasons * weekly schedules and rate * the weather * family relations * likes and dislikes * agreements and disagreements * weekend activities * making plans * going on vacation * entertainment * phone calls * discussing frequency (e.g. always, often etc) * formal &  informal speech * cause and effect (e.g. why because etc.)

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