Posted on: October 25, 2005 /
This session was part of the bazaar events and I offered to teach basic Greek. I was a bit late to get there and as soon as I arrived, I grabbed some biscuits and waited at my teaching area. Soon afterwards, participants started to gather and we went on to the Greek Alphabet.
I started with writing the Greek alphabet. First the consonants and then the vowels. I was particularly surprised that it was easy to pronounce the letters. For every one of the consonants there was a person that could pronounce it perfectly. Vowels were easy as well, as several letters fold to the same sound (Eee, and Ooo).
Β Γ Δ Ζ
Θ Κ Λ Μ
Ν Ξ Π
Ρ Σ Τ
I was worried that I did not have handy Susan’s matrix. However, it was easy to pronounce anyway.
The vowels are
Α Ε Η Ι Υ Ο Ω
Here it shows some sample Greek words. To make words is simply an issue of pairing up consonants and vowels. As soon as I finished writing a word, everyone could pronounce it without assistance. The opposite, write the word I pronounce worked as well.
I noticed that focusing on Greek capital letters helps to get people motivated to learn Greek. In addition, avoiding complex words in the beginning is good to get the confidence high.
Is Greek an easy language to learn, or were the students really good?