Step by Step
Talk Greek is made up of 10 short units: greetings, asking for directions, ordering drinks, etc.
The course is most effective if you follow the units in sequence, but you can just dip into them, if you like.
Try doing one unit per visit. It should take you about 15 minutes to complete.
What do you need?
A computer with an Internet connection.
Flash, which supplies pictures and sound for the slideshows, and the sound for the useful phrases. For the video, you'll need a Realmedia player. Click on the links for more info on these.
We've conducted extensive tests which mean you should be able to see the Greek text on all the pages. Please contact us if that's not the case.
As well as pronunciation notes on the Greek alphabet, all text is displayed with a transliteration in the Latin alphabet, to make it easier for you to read and follow.
The most straightforward way to go through each unit is to do the slideshow, then go through the useful phrases. But you might prefer to do it in a different order and don't forget you can always print out the useful phrases and look at them at your leisure.
Every unit begins with the slideshows, in pictures and sound. These are edited highlights of the Talk Greek TV programmes. You can combine audio, Greek, transliteration and English in the way that suits you best. Click through the slideshows using the Next button. At the end you'll get a summary. To access the slideshows you'll need Flash (see above).
At the end of the slideshow you'll see a link to the video clips. These are the teaching scenes in the Talk Greek TV programmes, with their transcripts. To watch them you'll need Realmedia (see above). It takes time for the video to download, from 30 to 50 seconds, depending on your modem or network connection and the traffic on the Internet at that time.
While you're waiting for the video you can read the cultural notes. These contain interesting facts about today's Greece and Cyprous, as well as useful information for the traveller. You'll also find a link to the Cultural Notes on the right, above the slideshows.
At the end of the slideshow you'll find a link to the most essential words and phrases of the unit. You'll also find these above and below the main slideshow frame. When you click on it a new window opens up. If you have Flash you'll be able to access the audio: click on the Speaker button to the left to listen and repeat the phrases one by one. As well as the translations there's also help with pronunciation and grammar. Move your mouse so the cursor hovers over the links pronunciation guide and language note, to read them.
Another link at the end of the slideshows leads you to the challenges. Use them to check how much you've learnt. If you already know some Greek you might want to start with these, using them to brush up your knowledge.
Delays on the Internet
There are times of day when the Internet, just like the roads, experiences high traffic, which creates bottlenecks. You will then have to wait to receive some of the features, particularly the video, the sound and the slideshows.