What Type Of Greek Learner Are You?

One of the most common questions I get asked as a teacher is “how am I going to remember this word??” 

Fear not! This post will show you how to learn effectively the new vocabulary with simple techniques you can integrate in your learning type -and hopefully, will make you smile too.

Vocabulary might seem especially hard to grasp, even intimidating with all the new alphabet you need to learn and with all the work you need to do to remember it, no matter your level.

So, let’s find out: What type of Greek learner are you? And how can you use this information to learn Greek best?

#1 The Classic.

Do you find yourself keeping notes everywhere? Are sticky notes with random Greek words on them a favourite in your home (or your fridge)? Then the Classic type who loves handwriting is you. In addition, you might have a soft spot for Classical Greece too!

Pros: You practice your writing skills and the tricky Greek spelling while boosting your memory, according to this study.

Cons: You risk having your notes taken by a Greek summer breeze. (Greek summer breeze sounds nice so who cares!)

How to learn best:

  • Arrange the sticky notes in any order and make meaningful sentences or questions in Greek.

  • Before making a call or requesting something in Greek, write what you want to say on a cheatsheet; this way the right words come to your mind a lot easier.

  • Find the time to organize this wonderful material of yours. Who knows, you can make a book someday!

#2 The Techie.

If your phone has more language apps than photos and if you spend more time on language memes than cat videos, then this is your type.

Pros: You can learn on the go while impressing your friends with your knowledge about cool named apps such as Duolingo or Memrise.

Cons. No Internet/dead battery. Enough said.

What type of Greek learner are you?

How to learn best:

  • Try as much as you can to put the words in context. It is tempting to read or hear word after word but you do need a real life situation to practice your Greek. If a real life scenario is not possible, then try a role play or interview a teacher or a classmate, where you can practice the words in sentences and use the expressions you learn.

  • Start a blog with your Greek learning adventures. You know that tech stuff. And I’ll be your best reader!

#3 The Social.

You never miss the opportunity to ask your Greek friends “Τι σημαίνει αυτό;” Tí siméni aftó? [What does this (word) mean?] the same way you never miss out from social gatherings, outings and festivals, where you are able to absorb all the Greek vocabulary in its authenticity.

When you are not in Greece, you post and share on social media everything you love about Greece.

What type of learner are you?

Pros: You learn untranslatable expressions by your Greek friends (such as "'Εφαγα τον κόσμο να σε βρω!" literally "I ate the world to find you" but actually meaning "I looked everywhere for you").

Locals know you by your Greek name. You learn the vocabulary by truly living it.

Cons: You might become overwhelmed by the total immersion in the Greek language and think that you’ll never learn the way you want it.

How to learn best:

  • In the case you do experience overwhelm, let yourself take a break from Greek immersion; Speak your language or enjoy a walk on your own. This will recharge your batteries and you can start fresh.

  • Keep track of the vocabulary you’ve learned so far by using a language notebook or record yourself repeating a few new words or expressions. This doubles up as a proof of what you’ve accomplished so far plus you’ll revise later.

  • Practice some Greek with me on social media here and here and get the word of the day, Greek language posters, beautiful pictures, language learning tips and stay social all year round!

#4 The Artistic.

You don’t simply say the new Greek word you’ve learned, you sing it! You love Greek songs, dance and you really want to find Greek movies with both audio and subtitles in Greek.

Pros: You have so much fun while you learn Greek. You also must be proud for being able to translate your favourite Greek song to your partner. 

Cons: Finding Greek movies is indeed hard, let alone with both audio and subtitles in Greek!

How to learn best:

  • I encourage you to learn how to type in Greek, if you haven’t done so already. If it’s easier for you, order or get a keyboard with the Greek letters next time you’re in Greece. By typing in Greek you’ll have a whole new world open up for you: songs, lyrics, videos etc.

  • Write your own songs or poems. This is an actual activity I love.

  • Find Greek dance groups and practice some Greek too!

#5 The Foodie.

How could a foodie not make the list when it’s about Greece? You started learning Greek because you love Greek food, plain and simple.

Pros. You can now say words as long as σπανακοτυρόπιτα (spanakotirópita) [spinach and cheese pie] or as complicated as χοχλιοί (hohlií) [snails, dish]. Also, congratulations, you now master one of Greeks’ favourite topics, which means more conversation opportunities for you!

Cons: None. Greek food is amazing so you're amazing for loving it. 

How to learn best:

  • This is my go - to website for recipes in Greek. If the website seems like a lot, then follow them on social media (facebook and twitter) for bite-sized information (didn’t say that on purpose, honestly!)

  • Watch cooking videos in Greek. There are plenty! If you’re on YouTube, try this listening activity: slow the video down as much as you think it’s best for you and repeat what you hear. Then start speeding it up. You’ll be amazed by what you’re able to pronounce, understand and retain. For more listening tips, read this post.

What type describes you best? Share in the comments!

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