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Greek Today
A Course in the Modern Language and Culture
Peter Bien, Dimitri Gondicas, John Rassias, Andromache Karanika, Chrysanthi Yiannakou-Bien




Dartmouth College Press
2004 • 608 pp. 120 , 22 photos 8 1/2 x 11"
Greek Language Study / Modern Greek Studies / Reference & Bibliography

$70.00 Paperback, 978-1-58465-033-1


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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.

Audio components for Greek Today can be found for streaming and download here.

The companion workbook (sold separately) may be found here.

Greek Today and the companion Greek Today Workbook may also be purchased as a set at $10 off the combined price.



PETER BIEN is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, Dartmouth College, and a former president of the Modern Greek Studies Association. DIMITRI GONDICAS is Executive Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies and Lecturer in Modern Greek at Princeton University. JOHN RASSIAS is the William R. Kenan Professor and chair of the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, and president of the Rassias Foundation. ANDROMACHE KARANIKA, a recent Princeton University Ph.D. in classics, is Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple University. 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.






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