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Our students about our Greek Language Courses

Patricia from USA, Greek language course Chios
The Alexandria Institute program is a fantastic way to study Greek. It offers solid grammatical information interwoven with stories and songs that bring the language to life. Andreas’ knowledge of local Chios history and the larger span of Greek history is vast and he gives generously of his wisdom. Emmi offered us many insights into everyday life in Greece and introduced us to the words that make up the interactions we can expect to have with others as we live and travel in Greece. Together they demonstrate exceptional skills as highly trained teachers, able to adapt the lessons to meet the needs of each student. All of this was part of a schedule that took us out of the classroom into the beauty of Chios where we experienced the best the island has to offer. Swimming, delicious traditional food and visits to historic sites enriched the program. And best of all, everything was seasoned with laugher and merriment. As a professional teacher I recommend these programs as some of the best I have experienced and I hope to continue my studies with Alexandria Institute in the future!
Donatella from Italy, Methoni language course
Είναι η δεύτερη φορά που συμμετέχω στο πρόγραμμα και ίσως απόλαυσα και περισσότερο από πέρσι τα υπέροχα μαθήματα του αντρέα και την παρέα των άλλων καθηγητών και μαθητών. Μακάρι να μέναμε άλλες δύο εβδομάδες αλλά ελπίζω να υπάρξουν πολλές άλλες εβδομάδες μαζί για να θεραπευτούμε με τη γνώση.
Χίλια ευχαριστώ, ήταν τέλεια. Σας ευχαριστούμε για την βοήθειά σας. Μάθαμε πολλά! Τέλος καλά, όλα καλά! Θα μας λείψετε! Αντίο Christine και Φρανκ
Layla and Katia from USA, Paros language course
Rosalia and Andreas, Ε Υ Χ Α Ρ Ι Σ Τ Ω We loved taking class here. Thank you for helping us talk to our παππού. We will miss you both so much. Until next year!!! Layla and Katia
Noëlle from Belgium, Andros language course
Again a great experience learning Greek with professionals and with intelligent fellow students. After a fulfilling experience on Chios island 2 years ago, in a mandarin grove, I wanted to experience Andros in this beautiful Aneroussa hotel with its colourful gardens and private beach. The set-up could not have been better and our hostess Maria was always smiling, terribly efficient and did everything to accommodate our needs. Andreas organised a very diversified course with structured days including quality teaching, joyful activities and various trips out for those who wished to participate. I liked the way partners, family and staff joined in too! A good group atmosphere with plenty of free time to unwind and enjoy the holiday at the sea too! Thank you to all of you! Noëlle
Xavier from France, Paros language course
I really enjoyed this two weeks session in Paros. The lessons in small group between 3 and 6 students were a great opportunity to make great progress allowing easy participation of each student. The session is a mix of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, reading...and singing which makes the sessions comprehensive, dynamic and enjoyable. The cultural part included a very interesting and an on-going excavation in Despotikon and much more. Great thanks to all the Alexandria Institute team!
Helen from Russia, Methoni language course
Μ'αρέσει πάρα πολύ το πρόγραμμα, το οποίο πραγματοποίησε το Ινστιτούτο Αλεξάνδρεια στη Μεθώνη. Ήταν πολύ πλούσιο και ποικίλο. Εκτός από τα μαθήματα, πηγαίναμε εκδρομές και προσωπικά έμαθα πολλά από την ιστορία της Ελλάδας. Ευχαριστώ ιδιαίτερα τον Ανδρέα και την Κατερίνα για τα ενημερωτικά μαθήματα. Ελένη από τη Μόσχα.
Roger from Switzerland, Athens language course
Εδώ και 20 χρόνια θέλω να μαθαίνω ελληνικά. Τώρα το κάνω αυτό και καταλαβαίνω τα ελληνικά τραγούδια. Μπράβο και ευχαριστώ την Ειρήνη! Μπράβο και ευχαριστώ τον Αντρέα! Θέλω να γυρίζω σε λίγο χωρίς μια λέξη στα αγγλικά ή ιταλικά για το επόμενο μάθημα. Τα λέμε με πολλά φιλάκια. Ο Ελβετός Ρότζερ
Dear Irini & Andreas, I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for these delightful weeks with you and with such an amazing group of extremely intelligent, wise and interesting colleagues. Andreas, you truly went out of your way to make every detail of this experience perfect. You are both knowledgeable of Greek but especially of people and psychology. Your endless patience and passion for Greek language and culture are highly contagious! Obrigada, ευχαριστώ πολύ!!
Alberto from Italy, Chios language course
Το πρόγραμμα ελληνικών του Ινστιτούτου Αλεξάνδρεια μου άρεσε παρά πολύ. H συνεργασία με το Ινστιτούτο Αλεξάνδρεια ήταν θαυμάσια.Το προγράμμα του πολιτισμού ήταν επίσης πολύ ενδιαφέρον. The staff of Alexandria Institute are really great. I would recommend it to all those who wish to study Greek language in a beautiful environment, where problems are solved immediately in case of need, and where they can enjoy relax and the natural kindness and friendship of the Greek People.
Μ’ αρέσει να κάνω μαθήματα στην Ελλάδα κάθε δύο χρόνια. Φέτος ήθελα να πάω σε ένα καινούργιο μέρος της Ελλάδας. Δεν γνώριζατην Χίο. Αποφάσισα να βρω κάτι εκεί. Πρέπει να πω ότι η επιλογή μου ήταν πάρα πολύ ευτυχής, πέρα από τις ελπίδες μου.  Δουλεύαμε σ’ έναν ωραίο κήπο. Και μετά από μια μέρα ο δάσκαλος και όλοι οι συμμαθητές έγιναν φίλοι. Τα μαθήματα ήταν μόνο στα Ελληνικά. Κουβεντιάζαμε για την καθημερινή ζωή, τις παραδόσεις, τον πολιτισμό, την ιστορία. Ο δάσκαλος και οι άλλοι μαθητές με ρώτησαν να τους κάνω μια παρουσίαση της Φυσικής του CERN , και το προσπάθησα. Δεν είμαι σίγουρος ότι επέτυχα τον στόχο μου αλλά είμαι σίγουρος ότι έμαθα πολλές τεχνικές λέξεις. Κάθε απόγευμα ο δάσκαλος και οι μαθητές έκαναν εκδρομή στο νησί, έκαναν μπάνιο στη θάλασσα και φαγητό στις ταβέρνες. Είδαμε ωραία τοπία, βυζαντινές εκκλησίες, μουσεία… όλα στα ελληνικά, σχεδόν απολυτά. Θέλω να πω ότι έμαθα πολλά πράγματα και έκανα θαυμάσιες διακοπές
Jorie from Belgium. Chios Language Course
Ευχαριστώ, Αντρέα! Not only for the language course, but also for the historical anecdotes, the cultural excursions, the mythological stories and the etymological digressions: είσαι πολυμαθής! Although we were sometimes driving you «τρελός» you stayed «σιγά σιγά»! Ιόρι
Tone from Norway, Chios language course

Τα μαθήματα: λεπτομερειακά και αστεία.  Η Χίος: Όμορφη!  Το φαγητό: νόστιμο!

P.S.: My greek is far from perfect, but I am improving, and having fun while doing it!

I didn’t think that coming back for a second time and participate to the course in Chios again would be such a good idea! Chios is such a beautiful island with not so many tourists and nature is wild. The Modern Greek lessons, held in the morning, are suited to the students needs and understanding. Having two teachers, who made a really good team, gave us two different views on the Greek language. Andreas has a lot of knowledge on Ancient Greek, mythology and knows much on Chios and its history. Emmi gave us a little view on usual expressions of everyday life and we did have some cooking tips.And lets not forget about the traditional (and sometimes unexpected) food, a beautiful wild beaches and charming villages.
Patrick from Italy and Germany, Methoni Ancient Greek course

Χαίρε! Non il caso mi ha portato qui ma qualcosa d’altro, che mi sta portando sulla via della realizzazione di me stesso. Qui ho condiviso e partecipato a qualcosa di grande, un comune sentire che unisce ed innalza l’Uomo alla sua più propria nobiltà. L’amore per la conoscenza. Che sia questa della nostra lingua, o cultura, o altro, è comunque alla base amore per la nostra stessa storia e la nostra esistenza. Qui si è aperto uno spiraglio di luce proveniente dal passato, ancora vivo. Raggi di luce che ci sorreggono e guidano nel buio di oggi: promessa di un futuro di luce. Grazie.

 

Gabriella from Switzerland, Chios language course

Tornare una seconda volta a Chios, anche solo per una settimana, è stato bellissimo. Un’immersione totale nella lingua, abbinata alle visite a vari monasteri, spiagge stupende e paesaggi con viste mozzafiato, cosa dire di più? Σ΄ευχαριστώ πολύ για όλα: τα μαθήματα, το ωραίο φαγητό, την καλή παρέα, τις καταπληκτικές παραλίες, τις εκδρομές σε όλο το νησί. Είμαι πολύ ευχαριστημένη που ξαναήρθα στη Χίο. Δε γίνεται να ξεχνάω αυτή την εβδομάδα. Πέρασα πολύ καλά και έμαθα πολλές καινούριες λέξεις με σένα και με την Έμμη. Ευχαριστώ και τον Στράτο που με βοήθησε να κανονίσω την έκπληξη για τη διαμονή μου. Τι να σου πω; Χαίρομαι πολύ και σ΄ ευχαριστώ. Η Χίος είναι σαν το τραγούδι της FRANCE GALL  : Ella, elle l'a / Ce je n'sais quoi /Que d'autres n'ont pas/Qui nous met dans un drole d'tat:  “Η Χίος” έχει αυτό, κάτι που δεν το ξέρω, που οι άλλοι δεν έχουν...   και μου αλλάζει το κέφι μου παραξενά.... Γκαμπριέλλα, 20 Ιουλίου 2013.

Karin, from Belgium. Greek language course at Chios
Μπήκα απρόβλεπτα στα μαθήματα… που ήταν και απρόβλεπτα καλά, πολύ καλός καθηγητής, πολύ καλοί και οι μαθητές, οι εκδρομές το απόγευμα, ο καθηγητής είναι και έμπειρος ξεναγός. Οι ταβέρνες το βράδυ,  συνολικά μια ωραία εμπειρία! ελπίζω ότι τα μαθήματα δια μέσου skype θα συνεχιστούν και το χειμώνα!
Uno dei grandi piaceri della vita è incontrare giovani come te che con la loro passione vera nelle cose che fanno, insegnano sempre qualcosa anche a persone anziane come me. “Corsi di lingua greca” così non esistono da nessuna parte ed io mi sento felice ed orgoglioso di avere avuto la fortuna di parteciparvi. Grazie per il tempo che ci hai dedicato, per le cose che ci hai insegnato sulla tua terra! La Grecia, che tu ami, ha bisogno di giovani appassionati come te per rinascere agli antichi splendori. Piero

Mi sono imbattuta per caso nella pagina FB di Alexandria Institute e ho capito che era un segno. Per me il corso è durato solo una settimana ma è stato un passaggio fondamentale di riscoperta e ricostruzione della mia identità. Strano .. mi sento italiana al 100% eppure quando sono in Grecia sento di “appartenere” anche a questi posti, a questa cultura. Grecia & Magna Grecia .. forse non è poi così strano!! Il corso mi è piaciuto molto, ho apprezzato l’attenzione con cui sono stata seguita, la varietà delle attività proposte, dalle canzoni ai video al film, dalle ricostruzioni storiche ai giochi .. e soprattutto quel buonumore di fondo che ha reso tutto più semplice. Per non dire dei posti meravigliosi che abbiamo visitato nelle gite pomeridiane, paesini, chiese, monasteri e quelle spiagge bellissime semi deserte!! La lentezza dell’isola cambia la prospettiva da cui si guarda il mondo e questo vorrei che mi rimanesse dopo questa settimana, l’amore per la lingua e la cultura greca già ce l’ho! Sono stata bene a Χίος, mi mancherà! Continuerò a studiare e vi penserò dalla mia Sicilia che tanto ha in comune con questa terra meravigliosa! Ho già un programmino per l’anno prossimo .. e io non sono una che ama avere programmi perché poi li può cambiare! Grazie di tutto!! Un abbraccio grande..

This is a unique opportunity to study Greek in a somewhat non-conventional setting. Here, in the location that classes were held, at Voulamandis House, you sleep, study, and get to know other in an orange grove! On most Greek islands, you are constantly surrounded by t-shirt sellers, donut vendors and the smell of souvlaki and sun-tan lotion. Here, you experience the countryside in Campos, a unique and romantic setting. The excursions with Andreas, our teacher, were fantastic. Be sure and go when these excursions are offered. Overall, this is an opportunity to enjoy a quieter island that has much to offer. Excellent beaches too.
Gabriella from Switzerland, Chios Language Course
L'esperienza della vacanza-studio a Chios è stata bellissima. Ho fatto grossi progressi nell'apprendimento della lingua greca, sia orale che nello scritto. E' stato interessante conoscere la storia dell'isola e della zona Kampos dove si trova l'agriturismo Voulamandis House. Ciò che mi ha molto colpito sull'isola sono i colori, i fiori e i profumi. L'ambiente particolare di Kampos, l'agrumeto, le mura della città, la gastronomia, le escursioni nei vari paesini : tutto concorre a rendere questa vacanza-studio indimenticabile.Ma vorrei soprattutto sottolineare l'accoglienza, la gentilezza e la disponibilità della gente del posto nonché la professionalità con cui sono preparate le lezioni. Sicuramente un'esperienza da ripetere! Grazie Andrea!
Timur from Turkey, Chios language course
I wanted to start by saying that I have been on many trips and a few language courses but none of them would ever hold a candle to the experience this camp gave me. I had an absolutely wonderful time! Yes the lessons are fun, but there is so much more that this camp offers. You go to beautiful beaches, eat great food, meet new people from all over the world, all while learning Greek at the same time. Truly, this is a wonderful experience to be here.
Δάσκαλέ μου. So thank you, I loved your lessons, you’ve been a fabulous guide that introduced me to a fabulous language and its immense culture. Ευχαριστώ for being so patient; and συγνώμη for being such a lazy, undisciplined and disruptive student. But remember: a teacher is measured by how much his/her student can talk. And on this solo trip of mine I did talk. And in GREEK!!! And I met wonderful people, their culture, their treasure. Keep in mind: «Teach me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may not remember; Involve me and I’ll understand.»

This is what a good teacher does... and you did it. Ευχαριστώ!

Avete presente un’immagine in continuo movimento che riproduce altre immagini, che a loro volta danno vita a colori, parole, idee, informazioni ed impressioni sempre nuove? Sto parlando del corso di greco a Χίος, una esperienza “caleidoscopica”, un mosaico di emozioni e di saperi, ma anche un corso non-corso, divertente, informale, eppure profondo... E così, proprio come in un’Alessandria fuori dal tempo, ci siamo ritrovati a camminare - anche con la mente - tra aranceti e mandarini in quel di Κάμπος, ad ascoltare le sapienti parole di Andrea e le dettagliate lezioni di Emmi, due prof pieni di energia e di entusiasmo. E poi le canzoni, i film, le gite, l’ottima cucina... insomma, “[...] δεύτερη ζωή δεν έχει” e qui ce la siamo goduta tutta! Ευχαριστώ, Έμμη Ευχαριστώ, Ανδρέα, για όλα!   con affetto, Susanna
Jan Willem from Netherlands, Methoni language course
Thank you very much for your open way of teaching, the excellent way of inspiring everybody with your knowledge and your humor, the “ουζάκια μαζί”, the beautiful spots you took us to, the magnificent food you provided and, of course, the... verbs 😉 ! Ευχαριστώ πάρα, πάρα πολύ!!  
Ana from Spain, Chios Greek language course
First of all, I want to thank you very much for the very nice time I had in Chios. You are not only a very good teacher but also a very good host and Cicerone. You have shown us the most characteristic, typical and interesting things of the island, in a very attractive way moreover. About the lessons, I liked them a lot, I learned many new things that I didn’t know before and the use you make of music, jokes, mini videos, etc. is very useful and amazing. Humour is very important to live and to learn new things. Now I will continue with my lessons in Spain, but everything will be different since I will always remember you and your lessons, and these days in Chios while studying, speaking, reading Greek. I hope we will have the opportunity to meet in the future, I will look your web page regularly and if I can, maybe I will attend one of your courses next year.  Until then, thank you very much again. A great pleasure to have met you.
Meg from Australia, Greek language course in Chios
Thank you so much for your time and patience with my very inadequate Greek. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and I have learned quite a lot even if it did not seem so to you! I would like to return next year when perhaps I will be able to keep up. I really appreciated our excursions around the island, with all the swimming, eating and drinking along with the culture. It was a pleasure to visit such beautiful places in such good company, and it was good to broaden my experience of Chios beyond my focus on Emporio. Voulamandis House is a wonderfully friendly and welcoming place to stay, and an ideal choice to hold the course. I will remember our classes in the courtyard under the vines.
Tatiana from Russia, advanced Greek language course at Nafplio
Είναι η πρώτη φορά που παρακολουθώ τα μαθήματα Ελληνικών στην Ελλάδα. Φέτος είχα μια ευκαιρία να παρακολουθώ ένα πρόγραμμα εκμάθησης γλώσσας για προχωρημένο επίπεδο σε ένα πολύ ωραίο μέρος - στην πόλη του Ναυπλίου με καταπληκτικές παραλίες σε πολύ κοντινές αποστάσεις. Έτσι είχα τη δυνατότητα να μαθαίνω τα ελληνικά στην Ελλάδα καθώς και να επισκεφτώ τα αρχαιολογικά μέρη της περιοχής (Μυκήνες, Επίδαυρος). Το πρόγραμμα ήταν πολύ ενδιαφέρον και αποτελούνταν από μαθήματα ιστορίας, λογοτεχνίας, πολιτισμού της Ελλάδας, ιστορίας της ελληνικής γλώσσας. Έμαθα πολλά νέα πράγματα για την Ελλάδα και την κουλτούρα της. Τα μαθήματα πραγματοποιήθηκαν στη Βιβλιοθήκη " Ο Παλαμήδης" που διαθέτει καλή ατμοσφαίρα για τα μαθήματα. Ο Ανδρέας ο καθηγητής μας μίλησε για πολλά ενδιαφέροντα πράγματα (προέλευση ελληνικών λέξεων, φράσεις, αργκό, ενδιαφέροντα ιστορικά γεγονότα) και μέσα μόνο σε 2 βδομάδες μάθαμε πάρα πολλά πράγματα.  
Lorenzo from Italy, Methoni language course
Frequentando le lezioni ho avuto modo di calarmi appieno in un mondo che sento mio più di ogni altro. Spero che questo universo ellenico fatto di parole e linguaggio, così meravigliosamente impalpabile ed empirico al tempo stesso possa anche per me in futuro costituire uno scopo di vita. Quanto alla Grecia, la grandezza di questa terra e di questo popolo non si può descrivere, ma si deve vivere:  Grazie di cuore. Lorenzo, 16 agosto 2013, Methoni    
Heleen from Netherlands, Chios language course
Ήταν μια πολύ ωραία εβδομάδα για μένα! Τα μαθήματα μου άρεσαν πάρα πολύ και έμαθα  πολλά πράγματα. Για μένα να μιλώ είναι πιο δύσκολο, άλλα στα μαθημάτα έπρεπε να μιλήσουμε πολλές φορές! Έχεις μια μεγάλη αίσθηση του χιούμορ, σαν τους δύο γιους μου. Εκτός από τα μαθήματα οργάνωσες πολλές εκδρομές. Αυτή που έκανα μαζί σας ήταν πολυ ωραία. Δεν είχα δηλαδή αρκετή ενεργεία να πάμε μαζί άλλες εκδρομές. Χτες το βράδυ απολάμβανα το δείπνο στο Απόμερο με όλους μαζί! Ήταν ένα ωραίο τέλος μίας ωραίας εβδομάδας με νέους φίλους.  Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολυ και φιλάκια. Ελένη
Πέρασα πολύ καλά δυο εβδομάδες στην Χίο. Μιλήσαμε Ελληνικά, πήγαμε για ψώνια, τραγουδήσαμε Ελληνικά τραγούδια, είπαμε ανέκδοτα και γελάσαμε... Ευχαριστώ πολύ  
Ευχαριστώ για αυτές τις δύο καταπληκτικές εβδομάδες που περάσαμε όλοι μαζί στη Χίο. Ήταν μια μοναδική ευκαιρία όχι μόνο για να εμβαθύνουμε τις γνώσεις μας στην γλώσσα αλλά και για να εξοικειωθούμε με τον ελληνικό τρόπο ζωής... ουζάκι, ταβέρνες, νυχτερινές βόλτες, Αρκά!...Μιλήσαμε για πολλα ενδιαφέροντα πράγματα για την ιστορία της Χίου και της Ελλάδας, για την λογοτεχνία, την ετυμολογία των λέξεων... αλλά... δεν ήταν μόνο σοβαρό διάβασμα... είπαμε πολλά ανέκδοτα... αλλά το σημαντικό ηταν ότι μάθαμε πολλά και τα περάσαμε πολύ όμορφα...
Noëlle from England, Greek language course in Chios
I didn’t know what to expect from this linguistic course but I certainly have not been disappointed! You have organised everything so nicely. We learned, ate, drunk, sang, swam, walked and a lot more all in good spirits. As a language teacher myself I really enjoyed the well organised set up and the natural, friendly atmosphere. The well-planned yet so relaxing excursions immerged us not just in the beautiful sea but in the culture of this rich island of Chios.Thank you for sharing it all with us and be so patient! Ευχαριστώ πολυ.
ümit from Turkey, Chios Language Course
Turizmden fazla etkilenmemiş harika bir Yunan adası...İşini çok seven, çok başarılı ve sempatik bir öğretmen....ki 10 günde okumanın dışında yazmayı bile öğretti...Yunan kültür ve mitoloji bilgisi de cabası... Nefis koylar...tipik köyler... Daha ne duruyorsunuz...kaçırmayın bu fırsatı derim...
Filippo from Italy. Chios Language Course
Le lezioni sono state ben proposte e programmate. È stata prestata molta attenzione agli studenti. Il metodo è molto buono e la ricerca etimologica delle parole o delle espressioni Greche hanno trovato origine da elementi culturali, di letteratura, del mito di cio’ che ha caratterizzato la più grande svolta del pensiero occidentale. Per il resto, le escursioni sono state ben divise tra svago e visite in siti di interesse storico ed antropologico. Un periodo formativo per la lingua e per il relax. Andreas, il nostro insegnante, si è dimostrato all’altezza per il compito; è molto preparato e si percepisce l’amore che ha per questo lavoro.
Clara from Italy. Methoni & Chios Language Course
Vorrei scrivere in greco ma avrei bisogno di molto più tempo di quanto non abbia. Le tue lezioni mi hanno offerto innumerevoli spunti, non solo linguistici ma di storia, cultura e mi rimarrà sempre presente l’amore e la gioia che provi nel trasferire il tuo “sapere” ai tuoi studenti, anche fuori orario canonico. La tua capacità di intuire quando siamo stanchi e l’allegria e leggerezza dei tuoi “aneddoti” sono una qualità indiscussa e un ricordo che mi farà sempre bene. Il sorriso che mi sorgerà naturale con questi ricordi vorrà sempre dire “Grazie Andrea”
Laura from Italy, Methoni & Chios Greek Language Summer Course
Πώς είναι ο δάσκαλος? Είναι πολύ καλλιεργημένος και δίνει κίνητρα! Ποιος είναι ο Αντρέας? Είναι ένας άνθρωπος καλόκαρδος, πλακατζής και αισιόδοξος! Finito l’esercizio sugli aggettivi  continuo nella lingua che tanto ami! Grazie Andrea per tutto quello che mi hai insegnato, per avermi fatto vedere  posti bellissimi (il tempio di Apollo), per le attenzioni che ci hai riservato con discrezione, grazie per le mangiate e le bevute che abbiamo fatto insieme e soprattutto grazie per le tante, belle risate che mi hai fatto fare!!! Al prossimo corso di Greco!
 
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