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the Spain Virus
Jul 6, 2021



Cross-posted from Ask/Tell:

What's a good free crash course on Greek? Nothing more complex than "Hello. Where is __? How much is it? (I'll take it || That's too much). Thank you. Goodbye". I'm sure I could do it in English -- I've been to Mykonos on vacation before and all the shops could speak a plethora of languages -- but I'd like to be polite and use their language as much as possible.

Rosetta Stone: I've heard good thing and horrendous things, and it isn't free. For the basics I'm looking for, I don't know if I can justify it.

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SixFigureSandwich
Oct 30, 2004


Exciting Lemon

Honestly if it's just basic touristy sentences you're after, then any guidebook you can get from a bookshop will probably be a good start, combined with some Duolingo or similar to practice pronunciation, grammar and to expand your vocabulary. Even your local library may have course books, or more extensive courses with CDs if you want to go a little further.

If you want to move beyond that level then I would strongly recommend doing a paid course with an instructor. I've personally done courses through the Hellenic Centre in London that I'm quite happy with.

webmeister
Jan 31, 2007

The answer is, mate, because I want to do you slowly. There has to be a bit of sport in this for all of us. In the psychological battle stakes, we are stripped down and ready to go. I want to see those ashen-faced performances; I want more of them. I want to be encouraged. I want to see you squirm.

I'd just go with Duolingo, personally. But unless you're going to be there for a while, I wouldn't get super invested in it - my experience is typically that learning phrases is great, but not much help if you can't understand the answers. Asking "where is the bus station" in perfect Greek might get you some brownie points, but people will probably think you're a bit slow when their reply of "just down the street, two blocks past the white umbrella, near the souvlaki shop" gets nothing but a blank look. Or they'll just answer in English anyway :v:

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