How to Start Thinking in Greek

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If you’ve been learning Greek for a while now, you may wonder when it will all start to come together. Speaking, reading, and understanding the language should all start to feel automatic. However, it takes a lot of hard work to get to this point. However, all these activities will get easier if you can start to think in the Greek language. The good news is that you don’t need to wait for this to happen. You can use some of these tips to help speed the process along:

Know How to Understand Greek in Context

Here’s a secret – people who are considered to be fluent in a language don’t necessarily know every word or grammatical concept. Rather, those who are proficient in a language and can also think in that language know how to understand things in context. This is a powerful tool and there are two different ways to approach it. The first is that you should learn to associate certain memories with the language and when you conjure these memories, you will be able to speak well. The second is that it will also enable you to derive the meaning of a particular word of phrase by understand what’s around it.

Don’t Forget to Study

Learning how to understand Greek in context is all about trusting your instincts and trusting that you know the language. However, you shouldn’t ignore actually studying the language! You should learn grammar, study vocabulary, practicing reading, listen to Greek music, listen to the news, watch Greek movies, and more. This will help you develop your brain in a way that will help turn these Greek words and sentences into automatic thoughts.

Increase Your Conversational Skills

One thing that will help you think in Greek is to boost your conversational skills. The best way to do this is to practice speaking Greek whenever you can, even if you need to talk to yourself in order to practice! You can also gain experience in conversation by listening to others speak, either in real life or by watching movies or television programs in the Greek language. The more confident you are with your Greek conversational skills, the easier it will be to think in Greek.

You could be studying the language for years and never develop the ability to think in that language. The sooner you can start thinking in Greek, the easier the language will become. These strategies will get you there.


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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