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
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)
- the Greek alphabet
- the three genders
- definite-indefinite article
- 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
- adjectives in – ος, -η, -ο and in –ος, – α, -ο (nominative and accusative cases in singular and plural)
- pronouns: personal, direct object, indirect object, demonstrative, possessive (weak form indefinite, interrogative, relative, ‘που’, ‘πως’.
- Adverbs (time, manner etc.)
- Prepositions and common conjuctions
- 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.)