How to Improve Your Greek Listening Skills

This article/ video will help you improve your Greek language listening skills by addressing the main reasons why intermediate and advanced speakers might find difficulties listening to others and by providing solutions to these problems.

Many people find it difficult to understand others in the foreign language they have started learning. This is expected for beginners. As a Greek language beginner, you don’t have a wide range of vocabulary and it may take a while to get used to the native speaker’s accent. And your listening skills are probably more or less on the same level as your speaking, reading, and writing skills.

But what if you are progressing in your language journey and your listening skills are significantly worse than the rest of your Greek language skills? What if you can easily respond to e-mails and texts and ask for things in Greek but you find it difficult to understand other people’s remarks and questions?

We have previously seen how you can improve your Greek speaking skills. Today, we focus on Greek listening skills instead. 

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Reasons Why You Don’t Understand Others in Your Target Language

There are many reasons why you may not be able to understand auditory messages in Greek or any other language. If you suspect having problems with your hearing, please contact a physician. If this is not the case, here are a few reasons why this may be happening.

  1. You are not an Auditory Learner. Visual, verbal, and kinesthetic learners might find listening exercises difficult.
  2. You don’t exercise your listening skills enough. Maybe you skip the listening tasks in your coursebooks. Or perhaps you focus on reading Greeks-speaking books and magazines but avoid watching shows or listening to the Greek radio.
  3. You have a shy and/or anxious personality. Overthinking your next response takes the focus away from the person you’re talking with. As a result, you might often miss what they are saying to you.
  4. You’re talking to someone who uses a Greek dialect. It is impossible to know all the dialects of your target language. If you are visiting a town or village away from the capital and “it’s all Greek to you”, you may be listening to a dialect you don’t know.

How to Improve Your Greek Language Skills

  1. Take advantage of the listening exercises you are provided with. For example, you can use Helinika’s 100% free listening exercises.
  2. Start watching and listening to Greek-speaking media. The more you listen to native and proficient speakers, the easier it will get.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask people to repeat what they said. It’s better than letting speak for minutes without understanding a word.
  4. Stay focused. If you notice yourself getting lost in your own thoughts, pinch your hand and focus on what you are being told. Missing a couple of sentences in a foreign language will result in a catastrophe.
  5. Pay attention to the nonverbal cues. When in doubt, pay attention to the person’s body language. Fortunately, Greeks tend to speak with their hands (and their whole bodies).
  6. If you are a visual learner, visualize what you hear. It will help you stay focused and comprehend what they are telling you.
  7. Be present. If you are in Greece and you hear people speak Greek to each other, it may be too tiring to stay alert and listen to what everyone says. But if someone addresses you, you will probably not realize what they said.
  8. Correct your pronunciation. When discovering a new Greek word in a book, try listening to its pronunciation on Google translate or on another similar application. It will be easier recognizing this word in a conversation.

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Super Fast Greek | Learn Greek Fast on YouTube

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This new series (Super Fast Greek Lessons) is targeted towards those who have limited time and resources but want to improve their Greek language skills.

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Greek Synonyms and Antonyms Exercise. Can You Find the Correct Answer?

Test your Greek vocabulary skills with a synonym/antonym exercise. The exercise is two-fold: a) you need to know the meaning of the provided word/ phrase, b) you need to know the meaning of the words/ phrases from the multiple-choice options. Can you find the correct answer?

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What is an Antonym? What is a Synonym? | Etymology of Synonym and Antonym

The term “synonym” derives from the Greek word «συνώνυμο» (συν + όνομα). It means “equivalent” and, in semantics, it indicates a word or phrase that has the exact or very similar meaning to another word or phrase.

The opposite applies to “antonym” (αντώνυμο). An antonym is a word or phrase that has the opposite meaning of another word or phrase.

For example, a synonym of the English word “tasty” is the word “delicious”. An antonym of the English word “tall” is “short”.

Now, take pen and paper and try to find the answer to the questions down below.

Questions: Can You Find the Correct Synonym for the Greek Words Below?

Α) Αδύνατος

  • Δυνατός

  • Ψιλός

  • Ψηλός

Β) Ωραία

  • Άσχημη

  • Δυνατή

  • Όμορφη

Γ) Σπίτι

  • Όροφος

  • Οικία

  • Δήμος

Δ) Βοσκός

  • Τσοπάνης

  • Αγρότης

  • Κυνηγός

Ε) Νοσοκόμα

  • Δασκάλα

  • Γιατρός

  • Νοσηλεύτρια

ΣΤ) Τέλειο

  • Καλό

  • Άψογο

  • Μέτριο

Greek Synonyms | Answers

Α) Αδύνατος = Ψιλός
Β) Ωραία = Όμορφη
Γ) Σπίτι = Οικία
Δ) Βοσκός = Τσοπάνης
Ε) Νοσοκόμα = Νοσηλεύτρια
ΣΤ) Τέλειο = Άψογο

Questions: Can You Find the Correct Antonym for the Greek Words Below?

Α) Ψηλός

  • Ψιλός

  • Κοντός

  • Δυνατός

Β) Νεαρή

  • Μεγάλη

  • Άσχημη

  • Μικρή

Γ) Εργατικός

  • Δουλευταράς

  • Τεμπέλης

  • Παραγωγικός

Δ) Άστοχος

  • Εύστοχος

  • Στόχος

  • Στοχοπροσήλωση

Ε) Ορεινός

  • Βουνίσιος

  • Υπόγειος

  • Πεδινός

ΣΤ) Ταπεινός

  • Αλαζόνας

  • Πράος

  • Μετριόφρων

Greek Antonyms | Answers

Α) Ψηλός ≠ Κοντός
Β) Νεαρή ≠ Μεγάλη
Γ) Εργατικός ≠ Τεμπέλης
Δ) Άστοχος ≠ Εύστοχος
Ε) Ορεινός ≠ Πεδινός
ΣΤ) Ταπεινός ≠ Αλαζόνας

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Greek Input #1: Greek Easter Vocabulary | Comprehensive Input

Welcome to Helinika’s Greek language input series for understanding Greek in a natural way. The input method will improve your comprehension and expand your vocabulary. It is the way babies start learning how to speak. For this reason, we will be using slow Greek audio with images only.

Remember that this method is not enough for improving your grammar skills and syntax; it is recommended to find other resources at helinika.com and use them in combination with the input series.

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Greek Easter Vocabulary | Λεξιλόγιο για το Ελληνικό Πάσχα

Το Πάσχα είναι μια θρησκευτική γιορτή. Η γιορτή της Ανάστασης. Το ελληνικό Πάσχα διαφέρει από το Καθολικό Πάσχα. Στην Ελλάδα ακολουθούμε την παράδοση της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας. Επίσης το Πάσχα είναι μια κινητή γιορτή. Έχει διαφορετική ημερομηνία κάθε χρόνο.

 Το ελληνικό Πάσχα αρχίζει με την νηστεία. Νηστεία από το φαγητό, νηστεία και από την αμαρτία. Η νηστεία διαρκεί 40 ημέρες και 40 νύχτες. Το κρέας και τα ζωικά προϊόντα απαγορεύονται. Δεν συμμετέχουν όλοι στην νηστεία.

Η τελευταία εβδομάδα της νηστείας είναι η Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα. Η Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα είναι μια πένθιμη εβδομάδα. Τη Μεγάλη Παρασκευή τελείται η περιφορά του επιταφίου. Η περιφορά του επιταφίου είναι ένα θρησκευτικό έθιμο.

Το Μεγάλο Σάββατο, αργά το βράδυ, οι πιστοί προσέρχονται στην εκκλησία. Κρατούν λαμπάδες στα χέρια τους. Τα μεσάνυχτα, ανακοινώνεται η Ανάσταση του Ιησού. Οι πιστοί ανάβουν τις λαμπάδες τους με το Άγιο Φως.

«Χριστός Ανέστη», «Αληθώς Ανέστη».

Την Κυριακή του Πάσχα, φίλοι και συγγενείς συγκεντρώνονται στο σπίτι. Στο μπαλκόνι, στη βεράντα, ή στην αυλή. Την Κυριακή του Πάσχα οι Έλληνες σουβλίζουν αρνί και τσουγκρίζουν αβγά. Τα αβγά είναι βαμμένα κόκκινα.

Feel free to listen to this audio as many times as you want. See you on Wednesday with another video.

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“I Understand Greek But Can’t Speak It” | How to Speak Greek with Confidence

A common phenomenon of language learning students is when they reach a point where they can comprehend others but can’t speak in their target language. Greek language students are no exception. In today’s bilingual video, you are provided with the reasons why this happens and how you can overcome this. Here is how to speak Greek with Confidence.

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Learn Greek at Home During Quarantine

If you are interested in learning Greek but there are no classes taking place in your area, don’t be discouraged. Helinika, a platform dedicated to the Greek language, history, and culture, offers affordable Greek language lessons online. Learn Greek during Quarantine.

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Greek Cases Exercises. Practice Your Greek Language Skills

You have learned the modern Greek cases (Ονομαστική, Γενική, Αιτιατική, Κλητική) but you may not feel 100% confident when using them. Here are three exercises to practice your Greek grammatical skills, specifically for the declensions of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.