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    DS2 gave DH and me a "Learn Greek" course for Christmas as we are going to Crete in May.
    I'm finding it fairly hard at the moment. I can say one or two words, but can't see me being able to say more than the odd word. There are some words that I find impossible to pronounce at the moment. I'll keep playing the CD though.
    We Brits are a lazy lot aren't we? We mostly rely on others to speak our language rather than learn theirs.

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    Very true tiger about us brits. But even if you only get a couple of words under your belt, it will be appreciated!

    I find it difficult to learn things from CD's, might be worth keeping your eyes peeled to see if your local college offers a greek holiday class - ours sometimes does a day course just for the basics... and its not very expensive. (saying that I've never got round to doing one!)

    good luck!

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    I really would like to learn Spanish - thinking about maybe loading the CD onto iPod and listening to it when on the bus to work and also walking around town.

    Hang in there Tiger, it will get easier with time!

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    It's got different features on there, like speaking practice and some games where you can test how many words you know and it gives you a score. He got us a phrase book and dictionary as well.
    I suppose if I can only learn a few phrases, then it will help.

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    Agree with you Polo. I tried to learn Italian from a cd, but was hopeless. think its because there is no one to tell you if you are right or wrong. went to night school in the end and it was great.

    I would say dont give up, its always hard in the beginning but the penny will drop. the locals really appreciate you making the effort even if its just please or thank you.
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    Thanks M3.
    A friend of DS1's learned Spanish at school and he said it wasn't too hard. He preferred it to French.

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    You could always get a cheap mp3 play Tiger and load it on there, maybe the longer you are exposed to it the quicker you will pick it up?

    I must say I've not got a good track record with languages. Took French for GCSE (later kicked off my course as I was a nightmare at school) and then went on a German exchange hehe

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    The bbc used to do free online language courses, not sure if they do now but worth a search.

    Once you start getting into it and practising it'll get easier. Search out any Greek speakers in your local town (restaurants, fish & chip shops are good starting places). You have to 'tune in' your ear. Also, if you have Sky tv, have a look through all those channels you never look at, as there are loads in foreign languages. You need the sound entering your brain as much as possible, it's how babies learn and you'll be amazed how much sinks in without you realising it.

    I speak spanish, learnt in the country when I lived there. I never had one lesson, but learnt from listening and speaking to people, watching tv and reading the local newspaper. I was fluent within a few months!

    You'll be amazed at your progress if you keep at it.

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    I am a fluent German speaker and I learnt this from living there. I had done GCSE and A level German before I went and thought I was quite good - how wrong was I?? I was originally going for 1 year but loved it so much that I stayed for 3 - such a beautiful place.
    Anyway, I have some French and have tried to progress with this using CDs etc. I find it extremely difficult learning in this way. Good luck to anyone doing this - I have the utmost respect for your comittment.
    Mind you, when I returned from Germany I signed up to the OU and was able to do this but of course by that stage I was fluent anyway.

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    My French is limited now, but I used to be able to understand conversations really well, although was not so good at speaking. I used to go over to France twice a month and spend all my holidays there in my early twenties. Like Button says, the only real way (for me at least) is to immerse yourself in the country - I did, I was engaged to a Frenchman!

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