New to Modern Greek
Hello, my name is Grace and I am new to the modern Greek language. My family is Greek, but I grew up speaking English. I have decided to attempt to pick it up so I am able to speak a little bit the next time I travel to Greece; so far I have completed the alphabet lesson and nothing more. Can anyone who speaks/has learned modern Greek give suggestions as to what to study next to keep advancing my skills? Thank you!
Γεια σου :)
You should watch videos on youtube to learn the alphabet (Make sure it’s the modern one, there are lots of videos with the Ancient Greek pronounciation). The way Duolingo teaches the alphabet is bad so I recommend just learning it first then speeding through the Duolingo skill so you can get to the better, more useful lessons.
Duo is definitely worth sticking with; even though the early levels aren't the best (they're being revamped for the new tree) it starts getting incredibly useful the further you progress. It's the best language learning tool I've come across and I wish it had more skills and longer sentences!
Language Transfer (http://www.languagetransfer.org/complete-greek) gives you an excellent explanation of the language and how it works. Definitely worth a listen.
Memrise is very good for building your vocabulary. Perhaps try something like this course: https://www.memrise.com/course/314/important-words-in-greek/
Once you understand the grammar a bit and have picked up a bit of vocabulary, Clozemaster (https://www.clozemaster.com) is very good for better understanding context. TBH It does contain a lot of mistakes, but that's kind of OK, as Greeks often make mistakes too!
This textbook I found particularly useful, but you'll need to have a teacher and/or to have got to grips with the basics of the language, as it's written entirely in Greek: https://bibliagora.co.uk/ellinika-sto-pi-fi.html
Good luck learning!
Sticky posts in the Greek discussion board are quite rich and valuable with so many resources, more than Duolingo. I recommend them all. I prefer some resources specially, as it is Filoglossia, which is not free, but a part of it has been put online, quite useful for everyday life conversations with grammar tips: http://www.xanthi.ilsp.gr/filog/ I much appreciated the way they introduced useful phrases and their progressive advance of the material.
I also like the American Hellenic union podcasts: http://www.hau.gr/?i=learning.en.podcasts-in-greek and its transcription. Since you mastered all these, the rest is a matter of practice. Specially with native speakers.
And of course reading Modern Greek literature. There are tons of books of any kind written in Greek that you can order from book stores online (Greek like writing books :) ) where you can find good Greek-English dictionaries, except those that are already online. Some online Greek book stores are this: http://www.public.gr/cat/books/ , http://www.thegreekbookstore.com/ , http://books.gr/, http://www.books-in-greek.gr/booksingreek/ and many many more. Free e-books here: https://www.ebooks4greeks.gr/
These are some interesting links, but there are hundreds.
A native speaker speaking :)
Hello Grace, I saw in your profile you are also learning Spanish, I can help you with that. I'm so happy to have found someone who is learning Greek because I'm learning it too, I'm native in Spanish and I also speak English and Portuguese. I'm learning Greek because I have the dream to become a polyglot and after speaking 3 languages, I decided the next one I'll learn would be a challenge for me, so I decided to learn a language with non-Latin characters and Greek came up. I barely have learned the alphabet but so far I've loved everything I've learned about Greek and Greece: very old language, amazing culture, beautiful places, the history and the legends. I'll be happy to help you along the way!!! HAPPY LEARNING :)
Something I like to do is listen to Greek music. It'll be really difficult at first, but it's a great opportunity to hear native pronunciation as well as learn new words by looking up what you don't know in a song (as long as you can find the lyrics). This definitely doesn't replace other things like Duolingo, but it can help build your vocabulary. It's fun too!
I would definitely suggest to follow Language Transfer Complete Greek, especially if you are just starting. Either here:
Or on YouTube here:
I am quite sure that will be the fastest way to reach your stated goal of:
"able to speak a little bit the next time I travel to Greece".
I am learning Greek for about a year now and I still listen to the later lessons now and then. Do not try to rush through them, just listen to one or a few a day.