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Essential Modern Greek Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar) Paperback – September 1, 1987
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The book is brief and small. It gives you the basics to an adequate depth, without becoming burdensome. It does not provide phonetic spellings in English or much in the way of conversation. The introduction explains that the grammar is intended to be used in combination with a CD course (to learn the sounds of Greek) and a phrasebook (for practical examples and phonetic spellings). In my experience, that's a convenient combination.
The book is a bit dated, mainly in using an older and more complex system of accents. It's a small anachronism that is easy to ignore.
Someone who is unfamiliar with Greek should start several months before departure by listening to one or more of the CD courses and learning practical expressions from one or more of the phrasebooks. Use this grammar in the background to understand the structure of the language. Before arriving in Greece, get a lightweight Greek-English dictionary.
The only objection I have to it is that still uses the old orthography prior to the '80s reform (three accents, two breathings), but if you know how to make the right changes (just one accent, the acute, no accent in the monosylables, except as a diachritic, no breathings) there will be no problem at all.
For that price, a very good adquisition.
I do not recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews of this book. The first few pages make it clear that it was written for people who are in the process of learning modern Greek,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Birck
I've been learning Greek for about a month and this book came highly recommended for just the grammar basics. It delivered what was expected nothing to special about the book.Published 8 months ago by jeremy koehler
Unfortunately the Kindle version of this book is practically worthless. Whoever did the conversion was completely ignorant of Greek, to the point of not being able to distinguish... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amanda Reckonwith
A good learning tool with practical insights. My only problem with the Kindle edition is a large number of misprints in Greek. It can be annoying and confusing.Published 15 months ago by Arie Cohen