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Any tips on remembering Greek words?

Okay, so I've been taking the Greek course and sometimes (as any person would) forgets some of the basics words. Any tips/tricks on helping with memory? (or it might be some memory problem idk).

Thanks ^^

July 11, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/spdl79
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Flashcards. Personally, I rate Memrise really highly. It's great for learning individual words (and their precise spelling), something I think Duo isn't great for. Memrise is really only good for vocab and spelling though, not grammar or usage, so the two sites work very well in conjunction with each other.

One of the things I like about Memrise is that you attach a little card and/or image to each word and you can then make up little stories about the word - that's how I remember things anyway. You know, something like χάζι, for amusement, I've got a picture of the ghost house at Disneyland, with a sentence saying something like 'the ghost χάζι at Disneyland provides some amusement, as long as you're a child'.

Granted I've been putting a huge amount of effort into learning Greek, but I have managed to learn about 8,500 words in a bit over a year in this way.

There's also Tinycards and Anki which are also other popular flashcard sites. But yes, I think flashcards and repetition are really the only way that you can learn lots of words and retain them; if there was a silver bullet, we'd have all used it ;-)

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

8,500 Greek words that's awesome!!

July 11, 2017

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Thanks! Well, I've been putting in at least 40 hours a week to learning Greek, every week. Some of those 8,500 words are different tenses of the same verb, and a few are probably duplicated across other Memrise courses I've done, but yes, I don't think that's too bad an accomplishment ;-) Learning in London mostly online and from books though, and not being exposed to natural Greek speech every day, my vocab and grammar are miles ahead of my aural skills, which are still pretty weak. I'm getting increasingly confident that I'll nail it when we finally get to Greece though!

July 11, 2017

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Your efforts have indeed borne fruit. Your input on so many comments shows your knowledge and I progress. As with all of us learning a new language, it will be a bit, well even very strange, at the beginning but I know you'll overcome it.

I've just uncovered this resource list and thought you'd like it.

http://rorystudies.tumblr.com/post/141781976331/since-masterposts-for-greek-are-not-exactly

Hope you find it useful.

July 11, 2017

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Thanks Jaye! (both for the link and the kind words). A couple of the radio/TV links on there I hadn't come across before and are indeed useful.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

Χαίρομαι που έπιασε τόπο. :)

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Spoonashy

Learning the roots of words can help you remember larger words containing those roots. If you check out the Greek course on http://www.languagetransfer.org/ the instructor will sort of work through some words that contain «μένω» and show how the roots in different words containing «μένω» can help you remember them, such as «επιμένω» which contains «επί» a preposition meaning "on" and «μένω» meaning stay, so «επιμένω» gives us "on stay" or to put the meaning of that phrase into a single English word: "insist"

If you do check out the Greek course on LT, the instructor does this quite a bit and usually gives English cognates when able and if it's not entirely clear why they are cognates, a brief explanation as to why. Even if you don't check out that series, the principle remains!

July 11, 2017

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Yes, very good advice. Language Transfer, definitely worth listening to. Greek is a very 'modular' language, more so than English I think, so knowing the common prefixes, suffixes, roots and so on can often really help you to remember words, or to decipher new ones that you haven't previously encountered.

Although having said that, I find it sometimes works against me when I'm struggling to remember which of the 30-odd -δικ- words I know is the correct one for jurisdiction, for example ;-)

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

Duo is designed to recycle vocabulary so you'll have the chance to review. That's why the lessons lose their gold color. If you want something more immediate you can try memrise or Quizlet which have flashcards etc to help you remember words. I use Quizlet and am very happy with it. I even store grammar items etc. It also has good audio.

We've assembled this link for resources which I hope you find helpful.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22040507

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/katkatiekat

As people havre already commented maybe flashcards, because they are a practical way of repetition..As I try to study a language I tend to forget how important repetition is, but after working agai n and again on the same thing I remember why teachers always give emphasis in revisions..good luck

Btw I recommend a chrome extension: myvocabu, in which not only there are flashcards, but also simple memory excercises with the words like matching, typing the translation or otherwise..etc

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelTLV

I am.fluent in various languages but Greek is tough the issue is not so much the grammar but memorizing words that are not related to any language you already know. memrise is not available for Greek unfortunately. duolinguo is OK to revise words you know but I am looking for another solution to remember the words.. I cannot believe that one can become fluent in Greek within a year I would says at leat few years are needed

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

There are some really good ideas mentioned on this page. In fact, spdl79 also mentions Memrise...

My favorite is to use Quizlet. You file the words, phrases...whole sentences so the very process of writing them helps you remember but then there are various ways to review them. Flashcards, matching words, games etc

Here's a link you might like. After the basics (alphabet etc) there are links to a variety of sites. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22040507

November 14, 2017

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Just to clarify Rafael, there are lots of Greek courses on Memrise - it's just that none of them are 'official'. This one (https://www.memrise.com/course/314/important-words-in-greek/) is particularly good and well-maintained; I've also got a few thousand words on there in a course I made just for my wife and I but which you or anyone else is welcome to use if you find it useful (https://www.memrise.com/course/1179799/spdls-miscellany-orphans/).

If you're OK not having audio, there's another user on there called SilentShuffle who has built a 2,000 top words by frequency course (https://www.memrise.com/course/426582/top-2000-words-in-greek/).

I can't speak for Quizlet, but it really is very easy to create your own course on Memrise too, if you want to learn your 'own' vocabulary.

November 14, 2017
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