Develop Your Reading Skills While Learning Greek
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While learning Greek, you may find that certain skills come a little easier than others. Typically, people learning another language find that it’s the reading comprehension skills that are developed first, followed by listening, and then speaking is usually last. Each skill, however, relates to the other. Since reading usually comes first, you might want to spend a little extra time cultivating it.
Although you may find that your reading comprehension increases naturally as you study the language, there are also some things you can do to give the process a boost. Here’s a look at some strategies that can help your Greek reading skills develop:
Get Familiar With the Alphabet
One of the first things you should do when building your reading skills in Greek is to get familiar with the alphabet. You don’t need to memorize the letters of the alphabet, but you do at least need to be familiar with the letters. The Greek alphabet is different than the English alphabet, so it may take a little while to get comfortable with it.
Read to Learn the Greek Language
There are two approaches for reading in another language. First of all, you can use reading as a tool to improve your comprehension skills. In this case, you will want make an effort to understand every word in the piece. To do this, you will first want to try to derive the meanings of the words you don’t know by understanding what the context is. The second way is to simply look up the words you don’t know using a Greek translation dictionary.
Read Items That Interest You
However, you don’t need to spend a lot of time reading absolutely everything. Reading for fun at a leisurely pace can also help improve your reading skills! The goal here is to choose things that you will genuinely enjoy reading. For example, if you are a big fan of coming books, consider buying some in the Greek language! You can also buy magazines devoted to topics you enjoy, such as fashion magazines. As your reading skills improve, you can start reading books and novels on topics that interest you. In this case, you don’t need to worry about looking up the words you don’t know unless you feel you need to in order to fully understand the meaning.
Your ultimate goal with reading in Greek is to make the process as easy and fun as possible. The bottom line is that the more you read, the easier things will get. Make it a point to read as much as you can and it will get even easier!
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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