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 modern Greek through real life dialogues and discussions on topics that speak to their minds and hearts.
Learning Greek through real-life dialogues…
…means that using our imagination our virtual class will turn into a local shop, a picturesque café, a traditional tavern next to the sea or just a friendly get-together. And without fear or rush we will hold our conversations in these situations using authentic language while practising grammar and vocabulary. This way next time you’re here you’ll feel more confident than ever!
Learning Greek through discussions that speak to our minds and hearts…
…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 world, 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 an authentic Greek language journey.
Kind words from my students
""My everyday life in Greece has really improved"
Lydia is a teacher I completely recommend. Her communicative enthusiasm and various way of teaching makes learning easy, fun and very useful. Since I started working with Lydia, my everyday life in Greece has really improved, I understand what’s going on in daily situations in the shops, interact more easily and completely read greek. Greek is the 4 th language I’ve learnt and one the most challenging also. I ‘ve experienced various teachers and different ways of learning and Lydia is one of the best I’ve had, really involved and listening to your actual needs. Thank you Lydia, ευχαριστώ πολύ :)!
"She developed all of her materials herself and they are highly effective!!"
“My boyfriend and I decided to move to Greece. And of course it is necessary to learn the local language when living somewhere. Lydia is a very knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher with a love for the Greek language. She developed all of her materials herself and they are highly effective!! I started as a complete beginner with no prior knowledge of Greek. After finishing the A1 course with Lydia, I am able to use the Greek language for every day life and hold small talk. I feel like Lydia teaches all aspects of the language well: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.”
"Lydia's speaking course was very well thought out and constructed."
I enrolled in this course as I’ve very little experience or confidence in speaking modern Greek. Lydia’s speaking course was very well thought out and constructed. The participants could choose their theme and develop it according to their taste and knowledge of spoken Greek. The idea of recording brief messages was brilliant!! I found that it was a way of identifying the same (annoying) faults we tend to make when trying to speak a new language, and Lydia was great at picking them out and explaining why and how to correct them.
My teaching approach
Communicative + Humanistic Language Approach
so that you use your mind (critical skills) and heart (feelings) while learning.
Custom-made Language Materials for all levels
so that you deeply enjoy and feel interested about our in-class topics and homework assignments
Reader for A2/A2+ level students
In July 2022 I published my first printable e-book, a 56-page reader full of dialogues and useful phrases, language and cultural tips. If you know the basics and you love Crete, you will love it!