Today Tspiras was voted Prime Minister for the second time. It’s been an eventful year for Greece and for Greeks abroad who have been watching in anticipation for the election results. I know I got up at 6am to see who had won!
While I was in Greece, the election campaigns were in full swing. You could hear the music bellowing in the streets; political statements barking through the loud speakers. Listening to all the TV commentary in the lead up was all part of the excitement. The Greek language is full of passion, expression and bravado.
Understanding the Greek language can help children be informed about events and to communicate effectively with relatives and friends, or while traveling. So this week I thought I’d write a post about the importance of teaching the Greek language to our kids and a new website that’s recently been launched with that idea in mind.
Ellinopoula.com is a new web-based educational platform catering to the needs of Greek Diaspora children and parents. It’s a great, interactive website that focuses on building and maintaining Greek language skills through entertainment and parent/child participation.
Ellinopoula aims to educate children about Greek tradition and history and to introduce them to the Greek language in an effort to keep it alive across the globe. By encouraging parents to pass on what they know and also to actively participate in learning with their kids, they hope to instill a lasting fondness of Greek heritage and identity.
Their mission really struck a chord with me, as this was something I aimed to do when writing my own picture book, Catch that Cat!. I also wanted to create an easy, fun and interactive way to introduce children to Greek vocabulary with simple words like Yiayia, Greek names, gatta (cat) and koukla mou (my little doll). Just like the team at Ellinopoula, I truly believe that reading together and learning the words is a great way to encourage an interest and curiosity about Greek history and culture in children of a young age.
Raising a child to speak Greek requires effort, but the results are definitely worth it. Access to the website’s resources starts from $9.99 a month, with the first month free. There are lots of previews to give you an idea of what is available and you can find out more here.
Listening to Greek music on free online radio stations such as Pepper or Melodia is one of the simplest and fun ways to slowly introduce the Greek language to children in your everyday routine, plus be accustomed to the ‘everyday’ spoken word.
Main image c/o: alphr.com