Hi, I'm rfnsoares (or Raphael
). My native language is Portuguese and I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I've been dabbling in Greek for a while. I really do not know for how long... Anyways, last year I started taking it seriously, but it was only this year I finally got things happening. Greek is a beautiful language and I really like the alphabet!
For starters I recommend this course (and it's free): http://www.kypros.org/LearnGreek/
- It's quite long and slow, but I think it is the best resourse for beginners.
Then, I recommend Colloquial Greek and Assimil. The first one, I use as a grammar guide and the second one it is good for vocabulary. Both are good for false beginners. We can discuss later the pros and cons of both courses, if you are interested.
Besides, for vocab there are a memrise course (Top 2500 Words in Greek), the frequency lists on wiktionary.org and Duolingo.
Greek is not easy: vocabulary and verb conjugation pose many troubles. The declensions are relatively easy, no problem with them.
As for the verbs, there are some rules for the Perfective and Imperfective aspects and also for the middle/passive voice (the terms might not be accurate, because I'm not a linguist). I prefer to study them this way, for example:
(to teach): (active) "διδάσκω; δίδασκα; δίδαξα" (present; imperfect/imperfective mode; simple past/perfective mode)
(passive) "διδάσκομαι; διδασκόμουν(α); διδάχτηκα" (present; imperfect/imperfective mode; simple past/perfective mode)
The endings for the other personal pronouns are prety easy and regular, but to know the changes in the verbs are tricky. That's why I study them this way, I try to memorize these in chunks.
How do you guys learn/study verbs in Greek?