How to learn a different language?
June 17, 2017 3:01am CST
My husband is Greek, as well as some of my own ancestors. I've tried a couple of YouTube videos etc, but need some advice. I ideally would rather learn to read and write the language. Any schoolteachers here with the steps to take? How do you teach someone to read?
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I've heard good things about the language learning system Assimil. I have no direct experience with it. But you can check it out and find out yourself if it suits you.
I love learning foreign languages, and now I can read, talk and write in three languages. For me it was enough easy, and I need to say, writing was easiest part of learning and I always start from writing. Now I am leaning Turkish.
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Word association is usually how you start off then gradually build up your vocabulary. Sadly the Greek Alphabet is quite difficult to master before you have even started. It is similar to Russian but once you have mastered the alphabet you actually begin to read in Russian rather than in English!
The Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet was invented by two Greek monks, Cyril and Methodius. (Wikipedia): Saints Cyril and Methodius (826–869, 815–885) were two brothers who were Byzantine Christian theologians and Christian missionaries. Through their work, they influenced the cultural development of all Slavs, for which they received the title "Apostles to the Slavs". They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic. After their deaths, their pupils continued their missionary work among other Slavs. I had to study this when I studied Russian at uni.
I teach Hebrew and NT/Lxx Greek-my advice is start with simple phrases, you will pick these up faster then trying to read and write it by itself, and when you do, it will aid this as well. As well listen to music in Greek, any kind of music be it pop rock or traditional folk-this will give you repitition and will be an aid to memory. Another thing you can try, is if you read wikipedia, read an article in English, and then read the Greek page for it as well. The biggest thing is, and you are able to do this, is try and surround yourself with it via music online, Greek shows (youtube does have entire episodes), hear it, even if you don't understand it all, it will become more normalized.