Building Your Basic Conversational Skills in Greek

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When learning a language like Greek, feeling as if you are at a basic level can be frustrating. At first, it may seem like all you can do is perform simple tasks, like order food at a restaurant or ask someone for the time. Although it is important to know how to do these things, there is so much more to making conversation than that. Before you can take things to the next level, however, you do need to master the basics. Here’s some advice on how to do that:

Learn Greek Grammar and Vocabulary

In order to be able to speak Greek, you need to have at least a basic knowledge of Greek grammar. Without doing so, your speaking will be filled with errors and this could make you difficult to understand. The same is true for vocabulary. You should memorize as much as you possibly can! The more words you know, the better you’ll be able to express yourself. Start with simple concepts, such as Telling Time, Ordering Food, and Getting a Taxi. As you find yourself in different situations, you will build your language and conversational skills. Learn the vocabulary and grammar associated with each of these important situations and from there, your abilities in the language will grow.

Make Time to Read in Greek

When it comes to learning a language, each skills builds on the other. Although it may not seem like reading would make a difference with your speaking, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Reading in Greek will solidify grammatical concepts and build your vocabulary, both of which are important for conversations. Also, if the thing you are reading has sample dialogs, it can also help enhance your speaking ability!

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak

Once you master the basics, you will begin to feel as if you can naturally bring your Greek speaking skills to the next level. It is okay to practice! For example, the next time you order a Greek coffee, you might feel inspired to make a remark to your server about the weather. Don’t hold yourself back! Have the confidence to speak and engage in a conversation about the weather. This is the only real way that you will grow in your conversational skills. It is a good idea to step out of your comfort zone in order to make progress!

While learning Greek, the more you are able to practice, the better off you’ll be. In fact, it is so important that speaking with others should be your biggest priority. The other aspects of the language will become second nature over time with repetition.


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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