Are you ready to read your first book in Greek?
This story ‘Λυδία: Ένα καλοκαίρι στην Ελλάδα!’ (Lydia: A summer in Greece!) is an “easy reader” in the Greek Language, and intended for students at the Beginner levels in Greek (A1 – early stages of A2). It also includes the Audiobook.
About the authors, Terpsi Gavala and Konstantinos Oikonomou
Terpsi is from Athens and Konstantinos is from the island of Crete, now also living in Athens. They are both qualified Greek teachers and for several years they have been teaching at the Omilo Greek Language and Culture School.
How the story of Lydia was born
Many students at the Beginner levels in Greek are eager to start reading in Greek, rather than just learning vocabulary and doing grammar exercises. These students often ask which books they can read at their level, while also repeating the vocabulary and grammar they already have learned. There are not actually very many books for this language level, so Terpsi and Konstantinos decided to write a pleasant story themselves, with a hint of mystery and the vocabulary to cover various everyday life topics.
Lydia is Greek-American. On a trip to Greece, she meets a man, Orestis. They become friends. However, there are hidden secrets…
The story is set in Athens and on the island of Syros. Since Terpsi and Konstantinos have been teaching Greek there for so many summers, together with Omilo, it was no surprise they got inspired by this beautiful island!
How to buy the Easy Reader
For the Hard Copy: 15 euro + postage
For the eBook: 12 euro
Info About the Book:
Includes free English Vocab and MP3 Audio-Book
Package Dimensions: 16.5 x 12 x 0.5 cm
The book is accompanied by audio files. Listen to the story, recorded by native Greek speakers, and improve your listening skills.
The audiobook is included with your purchase.
The book features:
- plenty of dialogues covering a great variety of everyday topics, such as: Introducing myself / Talking about my family / Ordering in a coffee–shop or a tavern / Arranging a meeting / Asking for or Giving directions / Hobbies / Shopping / Traveling / Describing a city
- short, easily–manageable chapters
- illustrations that show the reader clearly the essential elements of the story
- footnotes with explanations of words in Greek
- footnotes with synonyms of words
- footnotes with the present tense of verbs found in the text
- an Audio with all of the story, recorded by native Greek speakers
- a selected vocabulary from each chapter translated into English (included in the book)
Supplementary materials, also available online on the e-Shop
1. Translated vocabulary. 5 euro
The book includes the basic vocabulary of the story translated into English. In addition, you can download the vocabulary in French, German and Turkish at extra charge.
2. Learn more Greek verbs. “71 Everyday Greek Verbs” – 10 euro
You probably agree that verbs in Greek can be sometimes a little tricky. Therefore the authors created a supplementary book with the verbs used in the story conjugated in the Present, Future and Past Tenses.
Get to know the authors!
Take a look at the video, and get to know Terpsi and Konstantinos. You can also follow them on Instagram.
Illustrations – Book Design
David Hitch, an experienced English illustrator, with an excellent understanding of the Greek language and culture, created the illustrations and designed the book.
Original melodies for the story were composed by talented musician Issidoros Papadakis. In addition, two great musicians, the bouzouki master Petros Kapellas and Yannis Varthalitis (guitar), played a taqsim (a piece of improvised folk music) that was recorded on the island of Syros – right next to the sea – and then included in the story.