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Getting started on ancient Greek
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7 Learning the letters

There are many ways to learn the letters of the Greek alphabet. You should spend a little time considering what might work best for you. Here are a few tips:

  1. Aim for a mixture of reading, speaking and writing. You might prefer one of these but it is important to try all three. Speaking and writing will be introduced in Sessions 2 and 3 of the course.
  2. A few regular short practice sessions of around 20-25 minutes are likely to be more productive than the occasional long session.
  3. Be patient and allow yourself time.
  4. Keep track of any letters that cause particular difficulty. Mistakes provide valuable feedback which you can incorporate into your next session.

Activity 8 OU practice site

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

Go to the following Open University website and look at the two sections entitled ‘Review’ and ‘Letters’. The second of these provides an interactive tool for checking and reinforcing your study of the alphabet. Aim for a session of about 20 minutes, but do increase or decrease the timing depending on your progress.

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