Centre for Continuing Education

Greek Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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If you want to learn to speak Greek, our Greek classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Greek language and culture. Learn Greek the smart way with Greek courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Modern Greek is spoken by over 15 million people world-wide, in Greece and various other countries in the European Union. This beginner’s course will introduce the alphabet, greetings and introductions, and how to describe various daily activities. Some of these activities include arranging accommodation, transportation, shopping and ordering food and drink. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • read the Greek alphabet and be able to read and write basic sentences in Greek
  • extend your Greek vocabulary to enable communication of basic requests and responses
  • exchange basic greetings in Greek, introduce yourself and others, ask and respond to questions about personal details such as name, nationality, family, work and pastimes
  • describe family members and use appropriate phrases at social occasions
  • ask for and give directions using a map of a Greek city or town
  • use numbers in a variety of situations, shopping, and concepts of time
  • order items in Greek from a Greek Taverna menu
  • communicate in Greek when buying various items from a variety of stores using Euro currency, such as tickets, food or other items
  • express your likes and dislikes using adjectives
  • discuss elements of the Greek language and culture (eg learning appropriate phrases for social occasions)
  • identify grammatical concepts in the Greek language including nouns (declension), verbs (conjugation – present tense), adjectives, articles and pronouns (personal and possessive).


This course covers the following topics:

  • the Greek alphabet
  • greetings
  • introducing yourself and others
  • daily encounters – accommodation, transport, buying a ticket, shopping, ordering food and drinks.

Intended Audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery Style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed Text

There is no prescribed text. Handouts will be provided.

Supplementary text

One of the following dictionaries is highly recommended:

Stavropoulos, DN, Oxford Greek-English Learner’s Dictionary (ISBN 9780194325677); OR
Oxford English-Greek Learner’s Dictionary.

Alternatively, any small English-Greek dictionary will be helpful for this beginners level.

The following textbook also serves as a handy guide and support resource:

Greek Language and People, BBC (ISBN: 9780563519768)

Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • Tutor was fantastic. I found the practical approach and adjusting to suit needs of the class was great. Good basic course and certainly came away with more knowledge than I expected.

  • My teacher is fantastic! My Greek is improving, and I feel transported to Greece in every lesson. Each lesson is multi-dimensional, teaching us about not just the language, but the culture and traditions. I’m really looking forward to Level 2, and beyond!

  • Our tutor was lovely and clearly loved talking about Greece. Excellent structure to the class and I will be continuing next term.

  • An excellent tutor – their explanations were easy to understand, and I also enjoyed learning about Greek culture very much.

  • The tutor was wonderful, already enrolled for the next course. This has exceeded my expectations by far.

  • Great course, excellent teacher, good learning atmosphere.

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What others say.

  • We had an amazing teacher who made learning Greek fun and easy.
  • A wonderful tutor and an excellent learning environment.