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Teach Yourself Beginner's Greek Script (Teach Yourself...Script) (Greek Edition) (Greek) Paperback – October 11, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0658009112 ISBN-10: 0658009117 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself...Script
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 11, 2000)
  • Language: Greek
  • ISBN-10: 0658009117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658009112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,343,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis Couniacis is a freelance journalist and teacher of Greek. He has written articles for all the major newspapers and various magazines. He has also taught English in Greece. Sheila Hunt is a writer and teacher. She has written several maths and German revision guides. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Amerland on January 11, 2001
I always found Greek hard to master. The characters are all different and the pronunciation was a nightmare. Then I came across Beginner's Greek Script. For a start it is more than a learning text book. It is full of little asides and anecdoted and it's really a lot of fun to read. It told me a lot about Greek culture which suddenly began to make sense. I'm a long way from being fluent in Greek (if ever - it will probably take ten more years and a tonne of holidays) but I can now make sense of all those funny signs I used to encounter every time I visited the country. What can I say? This has been an incredibly helpful book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renee Meyer on February 26, 2008
This is a nice book, but it has a few mistakes. It's full of interesting (and humorous) sidenotes that I haven't found elsewhere. It's also laidback in style (it doesn't try to teach you grammar or go in depth with the language, because just trying to attempt the alphabet can be confusing and discouraging enough). I'm not sure if it's because this book is British, but there are a few pronunciation errors: all the letters which is says numerous times make an "I" sound actually don't (iota, ita, ipsilon and some vowel combos make an "ee" sound). I've studied at least 25 Greek books, and they all say "gamma" is somewhat of a "g", "gh" or "y" sound, not a "Wh"! Greek has no "w" sound. There are also a few informational and spelling mistakes. A couple of times I couldn't find the solution to an exercise. However, it uses two tourist cartoon characters who need "help" in different real-life situations (thus the exercises each chapter has). They use pictures, maps, menus, even word searches to make learning fun and use many words that one can easily recognize in Greek (taxi, mikro, mini, etc.). It introduces capital letters first, then lowercase, going from the easiest onto the most puzzling letters. It doesn't go into depth with handwriting, but uses the modern accent system so it's up-to-date. With a chapter of basic useful words, a very small but interesting dictionary, a synopsis of ancient Greek history and more it's very fun and worth the money as long as the reader keeps in mind there are some mistakes.
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