Learn to Read Using the Greek Alphabet Game
Have you ever considered the possibility of using a game to learn the Greek alphabet?
With Glossika's new Greek Alphabet Game, you'll have a fast and easy way to learn one of the most enriching, poetic, and cultured languages in the world. For those of you who want to learn Greek, you are probably already aware of its essential role in both modern society and ancient civilizations. You might be surprised to find that many of the words we commonly use today actually have Greek roots!
The Greek alphabet was derived from the Phoenician alphabet 2700 years ago and has carried on to this day. Since its birth in 750 BC, the Greek language has been continuously used without fail. Even now, there are over 15 million Greek speakers around the world. Certainly, Modern Greek is distinctly different from Ancient Greek but the core of the language has remained the same. The Greek language has served as a foundation for both Western civilization, literature, and even religion, namely Christianity.
If you've ever had the slightest interest in Greek culture, history, or civilization, don't hesitate to learn Greek! With our Greek Alphabet Game, infographic, and language learning courses, you can learn Greek one step at a time with our handy language hacks and resources that you can apply to your daily training.
Language Hacks to Learn Greek
Like most languages with a clear alphabet system, once you familiarize yourself with the Greek alphabet, you'll have a much easier time with the language. Our Greek Alphabet Game, which I'll explain more about in detail later in this article, will help you learn all the necessary skills to start reading Greek fluently in less than an hour.
Once you've acquired a good understanding of the Greek alphabet with our effective learning tool, you're ready to go ahead and start building up your vocabulary and conversational skills. This is where our spaced repetition method comes in to instill words and phrases in the deepest parts of your long-term memory.
In order to truly master essential Greek phrases so you can use them at will, it is important to put them into practice as much as possible. When you're going about your daily business, running errands, or even going out on the town, you’re bound to hear common sayings that you've learned the Greek equivalents for. Just repeat these terms and phrases back to yourself in Greek as you come across them for better and faster retention. As you practice Greek sentences, it's a good idea to actually sound them out so that you can hear and improve on your pronunciation.
As you reach higher levels, you can speed up the learning process even further by reading children's books, watching Greek TV shows and movies, or listening to Greek songs and singing along to the lyrics. The more you put your newfound skills into practical application, the more natural and intuitive the language will become for you.
Start using these language hacks and you’ll be surprised with how significant of an improvement you can make. Our methods offer an alternative way for you to learn Greek. Learning any language takes time, but preparing yourself with a systematic training routine will allow you to achieve more in less time. Below is an infographic chart of the characters of the Greek alphabet with pronunciation tips.
English Words with Greek Roots
Although there are quite a few instances where entire words are directly borrowed from a Greek equivalent such as "economy" which comes from the Greek word "οικονομία" or "oikonomía", the majority of Greek's influence on the English language lies in the form of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Many of the scientific, technological, and even common terms that we see and use today can be traced back to Greek in some way. Below, you'll see examples of many of these words that all sound amazingly similar to English words that you use every single day!
These are just a few common examples out of thousands and thousands of Greek words with English derivatives. The list goes on and on, hence why this table serves the simple purpose of showing you just how closely related Greek and English really are. Once you realize this, you'll also understand that Greek is really not a difficult language at all. You can see for yourself in the above chart that many of the words from Greek carried over into English without much change at all. Heck, you can probably figure out the meaning of most of these Greek words and more without even hearing their English equivalents! With this in mind, along with our Greek Alphabet Game, you'll have the means to learn how to read and speak Greek far faster than you thought possible.
Reasons to Travel to Greece
When you hear people talk about hot travel destinations, most of the time you're probably hearing the same old countries over and over again like France, Spain, Italy, China, England, Germany, or even the United States if they're traveling from abroad. As expected, according to World Atlas's 10 Most Visited Countries in the World list, the aforementioned countries do in fact come out on top when it comes to most popular travel destinations. Because of this, there are so many unique and beautiful countries that are often overlooked by tourists and travelers. Greece, a country brimming with history, culture, breathtaking sights, and interesting attractions, is one of those overlooked countries that definitely deserves more love.
If we're talking about scenery in Greece, the word "beautiful" is actually an understatement. Greece, with its array of islands is an absolute goldmine of sights that are nothing short of phenomenal.
- Athens, one of the most well-known places in not only Greece but the entire world, is more than just a city. While Athens is indeed the capital of Greece, it is also considered a symbol of Greece. The moment you step foot into Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel, you can almost feel the thousands of years of history flood your senses. The Acropolis is truly a sight to behold and should be a top priority on your trip to Greece.
- Santorini is an island in the Cyclades group of the Greek Islands. Santorini is home to the village of Oia and Fira, the capital of Santorini, both of which lie at the top of a cliff, making for a stunning and dramatic view. You can even go cliff jumping! With an active volcano, the island of Santorini is also great for going to the black volcanic sand beaches and visiting Akrotiri, an archaeological site that harbors an Ancient Minoan settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.
- Delphi, another ancient site with astonishing scenery, is located on the mainland of Greek on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Delphi rests directly above a massive ravine, offering another exceptionally impressive view. With an array of ancient temples, a stadium, and a theater, Delphi is a must-see for lovers of places with historical significance and value.
- Special Mentions: Mykonos, Meteora, Halkidiki, Samaria Gorge, Nafplio, Rhodes, Zagorohoria, Corfu, and Thessaloniki.
- You can't have a conversation about Greek food without Baklava, a rich, sweet pastry that serves as one of the cornerstones of Greek of cuisine. The origin of Baklava dates back to the 8th century when it was baked by the people of the Assyrian empire. This tasty pastry is made by putting together thin layers of filo dough with butter, an assortment of nuts, and honey or syrup.
- I'm sure you've all heard of, or have even tried Gyros at some point in your life. Gyros are a staple food in Greece and have risen in popularity all over the world. Gyros are made by cutting slices of vertically roasted meat and wrapping them in a pita flatbread. The meat is seasoned with a blend of savory herbs and roasted to a mouth-watering, tender perfection. Top it off with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce made of yogurt with a combination of garlic, olive oil, and garlic.
- Another common Greek dish that deserves mention is Greek salad, also known as Choriatiki. It's not as boring as it sounds, trust me. Greek salad is eaten by Greeks with almost every single meal as it serves perfectly as an appetizer or side-dish for their meal. Greek salad is typically served with feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, and olives and dressed with nothing more than salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Not only is Greek salad easy on the stomach and delicious, it is also incredibly healthy for you.
- Special Mentions: Bougatsa, Amygdalota, Tomatokeftedes, Kolokithokeftedes, Galaktoboureko, Dolmadakia, Moussaka, Loukoumades, Pastitsio
The Greek Alphabet Game
Now let's get you started on learning the Greek alphabet. Within just one hour, you will know the entire Greek writing system like the back of your hand and can then proceed to simple sentences or dialogues. If you haven't tried out any of our alphabet games before, this is definitely a great one to start out with. Since Greek isn't as "hard" as some of the more difficult languages out there, the Greek Alphabet Game will help you learn how our alphabet games series works while giving you the training and practice for reading Greek. You’ve just got to give an hour of your time and in return, you will have acquired the Greek alphabet -- not a bad trade!
Remember to keep practicing. Consistency is key! Set specific, realistic goals for every step of your language learning process. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Instead, treat them as necessary elements for you to learn something new. Embrace every opportunity to improve yourself and continue growing. Complete our Greek Alphabet Game and you can even receive a complimentary Greek trial course ($20 value!).