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Our family’s experience of living in Cyprus and learning modern Greek

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Since moving to Cyprus, we made a conscious effort to learn cypriot greek.

We quickly realised to learn modern greek wasn't going to be easy. All our greek cypriot friends and neighbours told us it wasn't easy. It would be a slow process. Or as they say in greek, Seega, Seega which means... slowly, slowly.

Here's a little know fact for you...

Young Cypriot students prefer to learn english than greek!!. A large percentage of them don't want to learn greek at school now!!

Honestly!!

With that said, we had to try. After all, we live here so it was important to at least try.

Enough chat!


Our easy way to learn the Greek Alphabet

Everyone said we must learn the Greek alphabet first, it would make learning greek phrases much easier.

And... Practise, practise, practise every day.

The process was pretty much like being back in the first year at primary school, learning our ABCs.

There are no shortcuts. Trust me!!

So here goes...


How to learn modern Greek Alphabet


There 24 letters in the Greek alphabet.


CAPITAL LETTERS


Α Β Γ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω

14 of them look just like english letters but some are not pronounced the same.

I found it easier to start learning the capital letters first. You will see why later.

How I Started

I simply dividing the alphabet into managable chunks.

Learning 4 letters at a time.

Some greek letters take more time to grasp than others.



24 CAPITAL LETTERS

Α Β Γ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω

Greek letters and their names


Α alpha Β beta Γ gamma Δ delta Ε epsilon Ζ zeta
Η eta Θ theta Ι iota Κ kappa Λ lambda Μ mu
Ν nu Ξ xsi Ο omikron Π pi Ρ rho Σ sigma
Τ tau Υ upsilon Φ phi Χ chi Ψ psi Ω omega


Small Greek Letters

α alpha β beta γ gamma δ delta ε epsilon ζ zeta
η eta θ theta Ι iota κ kappa λ lambda μ mu
ν nu ξ xsi ο omicron π pi ρ rho σ sigma
τ tau υ upsilon φ phi χ chi ψ psi ω omega



It pays to change your mindset to "new language" learning. It's natural to focus on seeing similarities to your own language, rather than approaching it from learning a new language. Just like when we first started primary school. Learning the alphabet by repetition.

It took me some time to do this.

Here's a really fun way to learn the alphabet. In this video a teacher uses memory jogging association methods to help his students learn and recall all the letters. Click to watch and learn the greek letters and their names quickly with better recall.

Practice Writing Greek Letters

Some of the greek alphabet letters are tricky to write. Practice writing them many times to get familiar with them. I took my time with this. Choosing only three or four letters when I started.

When I was comfortable with these I moved on. The more difficult and strange the letters are the more practice it takes. When you feel you've practiced writing them enough at this point learn how to pronounce the letters

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