My name is Lydia Vadaraki and I am a teacher of modern Greek as a foreign language based in Athens, my homeland.
I founded Oh my sweet Greece in order to help beginner and intermediate Greek language students to communicate better in Greek through real life dialogues and discussions on topics that speak to our heart.
Learning Greek through real-life dialogues…
…means that using our imagination we will travel to Greece and our virtual class will turn into a local souvenir shop, a picturesque cafe, a traditional tavern next to the sea or just a friendly-get together. And without fear or rush we will hold our conversations using authentic language while practicing grammar and vocabulary.
Learning Greek through discussions that speak to our heart…
…means that after building some basic knowledge of Greek your hobbies and interests will function as a guideline for the topics that we will cover in class. This way your ideas, your memories and all these wonderful things that you want to share will motivate you and help you better remember the words that matter to…you! But, learning through discussions that speak to our heart also means that our approach will be humanistic. Love, choices, friendship, beauty, dreams, motivation, humanistic topics inspired from ancient Greek thought will touch our minds and hearts so that learning Greek becomes a real Greek language journey.
Oh my sweet Greece: The story behind
In January 2019 a big dream became true.
Oh my sweet Greece went live.
Soon after I started teaching Greek as a foreign language I was dreaming of an online space infused with a Greek aroma where people could come closer to Greek language, culture and beauty.
For me, learning a foreign language is not memorizing innumerous words or only doing “fill in the gaps” activities in black and white pages. It’s delving into the beauty of the foreign culture and language and becoming a part of it by communicating, listening to real-life dialogues, learning about the culture and practicing grammar through conversation.
Since January 2019 more than 500 people have become part of this active, online community and I’m more than happy to see that we all share the same approach.
My working space: white, blue and olive green
The colours of our sweet Greece