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    I speak a few languages, hubby none, and he spends hours at a time in a car, this has got me thinking he had really been meaning to learn so will get him to download a french course I think to start with, after all he can not converse with some of the family now.

    Thanks Tiger and M3 for the ideas
    Hoping and praying

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    M3 and Maverick, if you want a CD for just listening to, then check what's on it before you buy. The one we have is for on a PC and are visual.
    I'm only on the early stages with mine, but there is no English repeat of the words, just pictures or written words. It's a Eurotalk CD. He's got us a BBC Active course as well, but I've not tried that yet. I'll let you know when I've used it.

    Thanks everyone for your encouragement. I don't think it would have occurred to me to learn the language if DS hadn't bought us the course. I think anything I manage to learn is bound to be useful. Just getting a feel for the language must help and I will be happy if I can speak a few key words and phrases before I go, like please, thank you, bus, train and where's the toilet? etc.

    DS is good at learning languages. He learned German and French at school and then learned Russian and Japanese from home courses. He passed GCSE in Russian.

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    I think it's great to learn the basics, and people really appreciate it. We had the kids speaking tiny bits of Spanish on hols. DS has a Spanish teacher at school - he's 5!

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    Good luck Tiger, keep us updated.

    The locals will appreciate that you have attempted to learn the language and made the effort to speak to them in Greek, rather than just being another tourist trying to force them to speak English - I'm sure they will be helpful and after seeing you make the effort to speak Greek will be happier to speak in English if you are struggling.

    I'm going to look into a Spanish CD and also maybe take a look what is available on the Open University via Tesco points
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyWoo View Post
    I think it's great to learn the basics, and people really appreciate it. We had the kids speaking tiny bits of Spanish on hols. DS has a Spanish teacher at school - he's 5!
    Wow Suzy you should really keep him in touch with that, best time for him to learn!
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    I think all primary schools should teach languages. Our two eldest had french lessons in the last year at junior school and I suppose it helped a little with learning when they went on to learn it at secondary school, but I don't think it was enough. Children that went to that school from other junior schools hadn't learned any so they learned at their pace.

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    I agree Tiger, I think children should learn languages from an early age - certainly wish I had the opportunity from a young age.
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    We were laughing, DS has to see a speach therapist, but there he was speaking Spanish!

    One thing I used to find funny was when I visited France I would ask a question in French, but they would answer in English - I think my accent was awful (although I did get asked once if I was from Belguim!).

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    I don't feel confident speaking French, but it helped being able to read some. DH managed to converse in French on the odd occasion when we met someone who couldn't speak English. We found that people in shops etc. usually spoke very good English.

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    BBC still do free on line languages courses. I tried the Italian one earlier this year and found it very good. I learnt some basic words and phrases which I managed to use successfully on our holiday to Sicily

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