Greek Today

A Course in the Modern Language and Culture

Peter Bien, Dimitri Gondicas, John Rassias, Andromache Karanika, Chrysanthi Yiannakou-Bien

A new approach for teaching Modern Greek, using songs, poems, cartoons, and contemporary dialogues Greek Today presents an up-to-date communicative approach for students of Modern Greek. Aimed at the introductory to intermediate levels, it is a completely revised and expanded edition of the popular Demotic Greek I. Presenting material that relates to a wide range of cultural interests, the textbook offers twelve lessons with a total of sixty grammar points, all conveyed through dialogues that present the realities experienced by young people and adults in contemporary Greece. Lessons are supplemented by songs, poems, realia, images, and cultural texts. A large number of cartoons by Greece’s eminent artist Kostas Mitropoulos provide a running commentary on modern Greek culture and its relation to Europe and the ancient Greek past. Employing a vocabulary of more than 2,000 words and introducing students to the most current Greek idioms, Greek Today also includes etymological notes on the evolution of the Greek language and the Greek roots of many English words.

Paper: $70
ISBN-13: 9781584650331
Date Published: July 31, 2004

About the Author

Peter Bien

Peter Bien is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, Dartmouth College, and a former president of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

John Rassias

John Rassias is the William R. Kenan Professor, chair of the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, and president of the Rassias Foundation.

Chrysanthi Yiannakou-Bien

Chrysanthi Yiannakou-Bien is Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek, Emerita, Dartmouth College, and teacher of Modern Greek in the Accelerated Language Programs sponsored by the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth College.

Andromache Karanika

Andromache Karanika, a recent Princeton University Ph.D. in classics, is Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple University.

Dimitri Gondicas

Dimitri Gondicas is Executive Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies and Lecturer in Modern Greek at Princeton University.

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