Learning a new language is one of the hardest but most rewarding skills that you can have. It can be difficult to know which language to choose or to know where to start.
Thankfully, I had a very easy decision to choose which language I wanted to learn. I decided that Greek was the language for me because I have been travelling to Greece since I was a young girl and my heart has always been in that country. If that wasn’t enough of a reason, I have friends that live there and I already have some small basic knowledge. Whilst it is not the most widely used language across the world, I figured that as I’m going GreekIsland hopping for 6 months, it would certainly come in handy.
When I first started learning, I downloaded Audible and would listen to audiobooks every day when I was walking to work. I had heard really good reviews about Duolingo and also downloaded this app but I personally didn’t find that it helped me very much. The best app that I’ve used is UTalk which has multiple categories to learn words and phrases.
One of the things that I have found the most difficult, is trying to wrap my head around grammar. Once I had a general vocabulary, I decided to look on First Tutors online and I quickly found my Greek Tutor Maria. I have lessons with Maria roughly twice a month and this has vastly improved my speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. The best thing about having a tutor is that she gives me regular homework and she points me in the right direction for other resources that will aid my learning. I can now hold a basic conversation with my friends in their language over text and they have even commented on how much better my Greek has got.
I have now been learning Greek on and off for over a year. I’m really looking forward to island hopping for 6 months as of May and putting my Greek fully to the test. I love the sense of pride that I feel when I’m able to understand even parts of another language. I feel as though I still have a lot to learn but I know that I am certainly on the right track.