Off we go to learn Greek! Greek Language Book (Intermediate level)

Fygame Greek language book

January 2013 : A new ‘‘baby‘‘ is born within the Omilo team: Off we go to learn Greek, a Greek Language book for the intermediate level. The proud parents are the teachers & authors Marina Braila, Konstantinos Oikonomou and Dora Stoimenidou (*). The “grandparents” are Maya and Dimitris Andreadis, founders of the Omilo school!

How it all started? A few years ago a very devoted Omilo student suggested starting offering email-lessons to Omilo students. We were often asked by students how they could maintain the knowledge they had learned during an intensive course, so not to forget everything till they would come for another course! For many Omilo participants it is not that obvious to find Greek lessons on their level in their home-towns. In 2008 Marina, Konstantinos and Dora (*), the three full-time Omilo teachers at that time, worked in a good spirit together and managed to create a lot of email lessons for four language levels. Maya and Dimitris always try to look for the best teachers in Greece and were happy to see that those teachers, all of them with many years of experience teaching Omilo students, were now also ready to create their own materials! In 2010 the time came to open up new prospects and they decided to work together on a language book. Omilo guided and supported this project and after a lot of hard and systematic work, the book was published. Their book! It was baptized «Φύγαμε για ελληνικά»! We hope it will “travel” all over the world!

This Greek language book is for students who learn Modern Greek at an intermediate language level, in other words at a B1 level according to the Common European Reference Frame for languages. It does not include grammar but it consists of 12 Units with texts and dialogues of daily life. The exercises are mainly focused on vocabulary. The various texts also offer linguistic, cultural and entertaining information, so learning becomes pleasant and amusing. In each unit topics are suggested to practice your writing skills. This Greek language book can be used with a teacher, but also for self-study. At the end of the book you can find the answers to the exercises, the transcripts of the listening texts as well as the selected vocabulary in four languages (English, French, German and Spanish). And last but not least, a CD with all the texts and dialogues is included. The CD was recorded in a professional recording studio, while texts were read by the OMILO teachers (*) , staff and friends !
This was an exciting and very amusing experience for all of us! We are happy that this project successfully ended and contributes to the learning and teaching of the beautiful Greek language! If you are interested in more information about the book, see a sample or would like to order it, have a look at its website: www.fygamegiaellinika.com.
In case you buy, read or use the book, the authors are looking forward to receive your comments.

(*) Unfortunately one of the 3 authors, Dora Stoimenidou, passed away on 23/2/2014. The book and sales are now managed by Marina Braila and Konstantinos Oikonomou. On the CD, you do not hear the voice of Dora. Dora was not present during the recordings in Athens.