Greek in Three Months
Tofallis (Zannetos)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Preface

  1. Of all European languages, Greek has the longest and perhaps the noblest tradition in the western world. Its evolution can be traced from Homer (around 850 B.C.) to the present day. There is less difference between modern demotic Greek and the language that Homer wrote, than between Italian and Latin - or between modern English and Chaucer. Apart from Greece and Cyprus, Greek is spoken in many countries where there are large Greek communities - the USA, Britain, Germany, Australia and Canada, to name but some.
  2. The course you are about to learn is based on the demotic or popular language (not the ‘katharevousa’ or purist language which was used for official purposes for many years). Recently the Greek government has simplified the language by abolishing two accents - the grave and the circumflex - and both the soft (’) and rough (') breathing marks. These were merely decorative remnants of the past, and served no useful purpose at all.
  3. The author, Zannetos Tofallis, has a wide experience in teaching Greek at all levels, and in addition writes and gives lectures on numerous Greek topics. We hope that this course will prove both easy and enjoyable; it has been compiled with you, the student, in mind and is essentially practical. Most people who learn modern Greek do so because they are numbered among the many who go on holiday to Greece each year. By learning this beautiful and exciting language a stay there will become more interesting and you will come to love Greece, the land of hospitality and friendship.

Notes
Contents
    Introduction
  1. Lesson 1 – 14
    → Nouns and genders, articles
    → Verbs eimai and echo
  2. Lesson 2 – 19
    → Adjectives
  3. Lesson 3 – 22
    → Pronouns - personal, possessive, reflexive, demonstrative, and interrogative
  4. Lesson 4 – 30
    → Genitive case
  5. Lesson 5 – 35
    → Accusative and vocative cases
  6. Lesson 6 – 41
    → Verbs - present tense
  7. Lesson 7 – 46
    → Verbs - imperfect tense
    → List of common verbs
  8. Lesson 8 – 52
    → Verbs - future continuous tense, future simple tense
    → Irregular verbs in the future
  9. Lesson 9 – 58
    → Verbs - aorist or simple past tense
  10. Lesson 10 – 62
    → Verbs - present perfect tense, past perfect tense, future perfect tense, future pluperfect tense
  11. Lesson 11 – 69
    → Passive verbs - present tense, imperfect tense
  12. Lesson 12 – 73
    → Passive verbs - future tense
  13. Lesson 13 – 76
    → Passive verbs - past tense
  14. Lesson 14 – 80
    → Verbs - imperatives
  15. Lesson 15 – 84
    → Participles
    → Passive participles
    → Active participles
  16. Lesson 16 – 88
    → Adverbs
    → Interrogative adverbs
  17. Lesson 17 – 94
    → Prepositions
  18. Lesson 18 – 101
    → Conjunctions
  19. Lesson 19 – 107
    → Days of the week, the months
    → Numbers
    → Telling the time
  20. Lesson 20 – 113
    → Writing letters
  21. Lesson 21 – 116
    → Idiomatic expressions
    → Interjections
  22. Lesson 22 – 119
    → Countries, peoples, languages
  23. Lesson 23 – 123
    → Diminutives
    → Idiomatic syntax
  24. Lesson 24 – 129
    → Composition of words
    → Miscellaneous points
  25. Lesson 25 – 134
    → Question words
  26. Lesson 26 – 139
    → Revision notes
  27. Proverbs – 144
  28. Idiomatic expressions – 149
  29. Reading passages – 154
    → Poetry and prose
  30. Key to exercises – 170

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