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Tips for Learning Greek Fluently

A. General Tips

Everything starts with a motive

Why do you want to learn Greek? Learning something for the sake of learning is not worth your time and energy. Your motive will keep you going through the ups and downs of your learning 'journey'.

Attitude is the key to learning

If you don't like the people and the country of the 'target' language, then you won't be much receptive and committed to the learning process. The more we like something, the more we are willing to try for it.

Dare to speak even when you aren't sure about something

Most people learn a language in order to communicate with other people in it. This means that listening to others speaking Greek and to yourself speaking the language is essential. You must put into practice what you know and receive feedback on it. Remember that we don' t learn to drive, unless we practise.

Accept that you will pass through different phases until you become fluent

Firstly, you will be able to speak a little and understand almost nothing. Then you will be able to speak more than you can understand. Then you will become conversational, but it will require a lot of mental effort. And after, you will be able to speak and understand without thinking. When you become to think in Greek and understand the nuances of the language, than you will master it like a native speaker.

Language mistakes and misunderstandings due to language inaccuracy is part of the game

Speaking only when you are sure about something and being hard on yourself when you are doing wrong, holds you back from speaking Greek. Things like that are inevitable to happen, even for the most experienced users of the language. In fact, these experiences are valuable as they enable you to reflect on the language and solidify your knowledge of the Greek language.

Give time to yourself and build an interactive relation with your teacher

Take your time to see what is helpful for you while learning and what isn't. Organize your studying and make allowances for practising what you learn. If your effort learning Greek stops when the lesson ends, then this is no good news. Besides, bear in mind that your teacher is your guide. In order for her/him to help you more efficiently, you should give her/him feedback on the material, the methods, the drills (s)he is using. How do these work for you? Suggest things you find interesting and effective for your leaning.

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