Learning Greek? Perhaps you’re on the hunt for Greek language resources but aren’t sure where to look. There are loads of Greek lessons out there, and if you want to learn Greek, it can seem like too much work to sift through them all.
That’s where I come in. I assembled this article because I’ve done the work for you. I went searching for the best Greek learning tools online. And the good news? They’re all free.
Here’s a look at these Greek language resources and classes so you can learn Greek online, for free.
Free Online Audio and Podcasts to Help You Learn Greek Free
Tired of not understanding what you hear in Greek?
Listening comprehension is often tough for language learners, that’s why I recommend doing a lot of active listening. But where do you find good quality audio lessons in Greek?
First, podcasts are a fun way to learn Greek. You can take them with you wherever you go — on a quiet stroll in the park or even out to lunch with you while you grab some gyros. Whenever you have a spare moment, you can squeeze in some language learning.
There are many Greek language podcasts out there, but not a lot that provide a complete Greek course. I personally enjoy podcasts that provide step-by-step Greek lessons. I also think it’s important to listen to Greek as it’s spoken in real conversations
Here’s where to start with Greek language audio:
- GreekPod101 is free to sign up for and is a favorite of the Fluent in 3 Months team. It has an impressive amount of Greek content available at every level from complete beginner to advanced. You get a one-week free trial to test out lessons at all skill levels. After that, you do have to pay for the more advanced lessons and premium material, although it’s very much worth it.
- TuneIn Greek: You can listen to radio direct from Greece on TuneIn. Try out a few stations based on the subjects you’re interested in, see what grabs your attention and enjoy. You can even download the app to enjoy radio on your mobile device.
- Forvo: If you come across a new word, especially with Greek since you need to learn a new writing system, Forvo is a great place to listen to words spoken by a native speaker. It has a large database and is a good reference for pronunciation.
- Learning Greek Podcasts: The Hellenic American Union has this free Greek podcast available on their website. It also provides learners with a transcript of each lesson.
YouTube: Free Greek Video Lessons
YouTube is a handy place to find free Greek classes and resources. The following channels give you hours of Greek lessons in an entertaining format. Plus, video has the added bonus of helping you begin to understand the facial expressions, body language and other non-verbal aspects of the Greek language.
- GreekPod101: In addition to their free podcast lessons, GreekPod101 also has an excellent YouTube channel with hours of free content.
- Super Easy Greek: I love the Easy Languages channel because it gives you a look at the local culture and offers you context. In this series, the hosts go out into the streets of Greece and interview the people they meet there. It’s a great way to hear the way people really speak the language, pick up useful conversational language, and practice your listening comprehension.
- Greek 123: This Youtube channel is no longer active, but their archive of videos includes a lot of great learning material for Greek learners including basic dialogues.
- Learn Greek with Lina: In these videos, Lina gives you an introduction to the Greek language with bite-sized grammar and vocabulary lessons.
Free Online Greek Courses, Systems and Online Tools
If you’re looking for guided lessons or tools to help you learn Greek, here’s where to start. These websites and apps offer online Greek learning at no cost:
- An Introduction to Modern Greek: Greek taught to learners by a fellow learner. The author, J. David Eisenberg, put together his notes from a Greek class he took to help other Greek students.
- Wikibooks offers Modern Greek language learners a free online coursebook.
- Live Lingua: There are several free courses in Greek on Live Lingua, a database of Peace Corps and FSI coursebooks and audio materials.
- Goethe Verlag has 100 free lessons for Greek language learners. They cover everything from numbers to preparing for a trip and running errands.
- BBC Languages: Looking for a fantastic introduction to the Greek language with video and tons of accompanying material? The BBC’s Greek course has it all.
- Cooljugator: Need help conjugating verbs in Greek? This tool can help you master Greek verb conjugations.
- I Kinda Like Languages: This blog is run by Linas, who also happens to be the mastermind behind Interlinear Books and Cooljugator. It has a free course to help you learn the Greek alphabet.
- Learn Greek: This website was put together by a group of contributors to help Greek learners take their Greek language level from beginner to advanced.
- Greeklish to Greek: Know how to write something in romanization but aren’t quite sure how to write it using the Greek alphabet? This tool will help you convert your romanized notes into the Greek writing system.
- Ask Greek: Have a question about the Greek language? There’s a good chance it’s been answered here. And if it hasn’t, you’re free to ask!
- The Online Greek Tutor is an online tutoring site, but their blog has tons of free Greek learning material.
Free Greek Language Apps
Apps are a convenient way to learn a new language, especially for those who prefer to study on the go.
- Memrise or Anki (for iOS, for Android, and for everyone else): These are flashcard systems that you can use to create your own Greek vocabulary decks or download those already created by other users. The desktop version of Anki is free, as is the basic version of Memrise.
- Duolingo is a popular language learning app that introduces you to both Greek vocabulary and grammar. It’s a gamified platform, so it’s fun to use and addictive, so you’ll keep coming back to learn more.
- Clozemaster is a language learning app that uses cloze (fill in the blank) to help you master new vocabulary in Greek.
Free Online Greek Language Resources for Advanced Greek Learners
Ted Talks in Greek
- Ted Talks in Greek: Ted Talks are a powerful way to learn new things in bite-sized chunks. Most talks are between 10-20 minutes and are presented so that they keep your attention from start to finish.
Watch Greek Vloggers on YouTube
If you’re looking for native and relevant material for your Greek language learning, YouTubers are a good place to start. Greek vloggers cover everything from comedy to beauty to food, so you’re sure to find a YouTube personality who covers a topic that you’re interested in.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Mara Samartzi is a lifestyle vlogger with tons of videos in conversational Greek.
- Mary Sinatsaki got started posting dance videos, but has more recently started posting more lifestyle and fashion videos.
- i Mikri Ollandeza is another lifestyle vlogger who posts challenges, haul videos, and more.
- 2J has a wide selection of hilarious videos. Just be warned – some of the language isn’t kid friendly.
- Cat Von K: Looking for comedic pop culture commentary videos? Cat Von K’s channel has exactly that in Greek.
- Unboxaholics: Want gameplay videos or tech reviews? This channel’s just for you.
Free Greek Language Reading Materials
Finding reading material appropriate for your level in the language can be a challenge. Thankfully, there’s a good selection of Greek reading resources available to you as a learner online for free. Here are just a few:
- Wikipedia: Use Wikipedia to read short articles in Greek. You can switch back to your native language to check your comprehension.
- LingQ: LingQ is a popular online learning system that helps you acquire new vocabulary through its reading interface. It’s free to sign up, though if you want to use it long-term you’ll need to opt for a paid plan.
- Paralleltext.io: This unassuming website lets you read the classics like Sherlock Holmes with the Greek and English text side-by-side on the screen! Click a sentence to hear it pronounced by a computer voice. Tap the circle next to a sentence to change it from Greek to English and back. Switch from a side-by-side English/Greek view to Greek-only if your reading skills are more advanced.
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