What a wonderful week I had, nervous to begin with, we were set tests to determine our level and I found myself in a lovely group with five other participants from Germany, England, Norway, Austria and France. We had two sessions of teaching every morning, conducted in Greek, really testing my concentration and listening skills and by the end of it I wanted to continue as I felt I was just beginning to loosen up. I so want the language to flow and it’s not there yet. After the moment, when I have time to think, I know exactly what I should have said but that doesn’t help. I become a bit tongue tied in class and forget the simplest, most common verbs. The teachers were empathetic, clear and inspiring. I loved the dancing and singing and finding more about the Easter traditions and of course meeting such interesting people, all with a common love for Greece.
Jintsi, Nafplion Easter course, 2022
Omilo are fantastic!!
I absolutely loved my time with Omilo in Syros!! The Omilo team are very friendly and welcoming. The classes were excellent and fun – the teachers are lovely, very professional with excellent teaching skills, and great enthusiasm, making the classes a lot of fun and great for learning. We were a great group of students – There was a real sense of community throughout.
Syros is beautiful – we stayed and studied in the lovely small non touristy village of Azolimnos by the sea. Local people in the tavernas and shop knew we were with Omilo and were very friendly, and supportive of our learning.
I thoroughly recommend Omilo!! And as I am addicted to learning Greek, I am so happy I found them and can’t wait to return next year!! Thank you so much Omilo!
Sarah. UK , July 2022 Syros
Good morning Maya & wonderful team,
Lovely to receive the photos of my Greek course in Syros. Great memories. Huge thank you for such an amazing time with you all in Syros.
It was a wonderful couple of weeks for me. You all put so much energy into teaching and entertainment, along with understanding. The tours were extremely informative and the dancing and singing so enjoyable.
Since back home I have been studying using the Λυδια reading book with the workbook and 71 verbs.I thank you all for helping and encouraging me to get on board and for instilling in me the confidence to keep going . Look forward to being in touch with online lessons. Warm regards
Rosie (Mary), Syros July 2022
I haven’t had the time to practice with the ebook yet , however I already am a client and fan of your podcast Apples Istories sta Ellinika, The Easy Greek Stories Podcast, that I had discovered while surfing on the internet.
This is an opportunity to congratulate you about it. These lively texts are a great opportunity to listen to Greek and keep in touch with the language at all times. When I discovered the first podcast, I listened to it over and over again and I am pretty sure that I am now familiar with all the vocabulary contained in it ! Later I downloaded some notebooks and I am in the process of studying the texts one by one, noting the vocabulary and then listening again. Mostly while alone on longish trips in my car ! The fact that it’s accessible on Spotify is really great. I have actually listened to all existing podcasts and am eager to discover the ones to come ! I particularly enjoyed the story of the couple who met at Mount Parnassus. I did understand it all and how surprised and proud I was that a story told in Greek could actually make me laugh !
I recently discovered that sometimes your courses take place in Lefkada – that’s where I’ll be going! But really it is your podcasts that keep me closer to « fluency » in Greek. So please go on with them !
Congratulations for this good idea, and to all your nice team.
Kalo vrathi !
Easy Greek Podcast Stories, Isabelle (France)
My experience of Omilo in Nafplion was one that I’ll always remember.
The week was well organised and the Omilo team were extremely professional, the teaching was excellent and all the lessons were interesting and fun.
From the very first lesson I was able to relax and with encouragement from my teachers my confidence increased daily. To participate in an Omilo course is to be involved in something quite special.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone who attended and felt that my level of Greek had improved by the end of the week.
I will definitely book another course and I look forward to returning to Nafplion soon, as it’s a beautiful city.
Thank you to all of the Omilo team,
Nafplion, Easter 2022
Just a note to tell you how much I appreciate your newsletter, The Monthly Dose of Sunshine: something I look forward to every month.
Lots of love, Matilde, Switzerland
I would like to share how much I love your materials! Really and truly, I learn so much from them. Sometimes I’m too quick to read them once and move on, when I should stick with one story longer, practicing it longer. I have just about everything from your site. I really enjoyed the easy short story #12, about Φάνης και Ντίλαν. It made me laugh.
Thank you for all the work you all do to help us learn the beloved Greek language!
Lisa Efthymiou, USA
I took part in a one-week Greek intensive course from Omilo in Agios Nikitas, Lefkas, at the end of May 2022 and can recommend both Omilo (which I already knew from a course I had once completed in Athens) and the Greek Language course. Quite intensive learning (four hours a day), but always in a pleasant atmosphere, with small groups per level of about 5 to 7 participants). Conclusion: I really enjoyed it, made nice acquaintances and really improved my Greek; I would do a course with Omilo again at any time and I have concrete plans to do so, either in Athens again or, like this year, in Lefkas.
Walter, Austria, Lefkada 2022
Ich habe Ende Mai 2022 an einem einwöchigen Griechisch-Intensivkurs von Omilo in Agios Nikitas, Lefkas, teilgenommen und kann sowohl die Sprachschule (die ich schon von einem Kurs, den ich einmal in Athen absolviert hatte, kannte) als auch den konkreten Außenkurs auf Lefkas uneingeschränkt empfehlen: Recht intensives Lernen (vier Stunden pro Tag), aber immer in angenehmer Atmosphäre, im Fall meiner Gruppe (es gab wieder nur Kleingruppen mit ca. 5 bis 7 Teilnehmer*innen) hat). Fazit: Ich habe es sehr genossen, nette Bekanntschaften gemacht und mein Griechisch wirklich deutlich verbessert; würde jederzeit wieder einen Kurs bei Omilo machen und habe das auch konkret vor, entweder wieder einmal in Athen oder so wie heuer auf Lefkas.
Walter, Austria, Lefkada course June 2022
I attended the Omilo course in Lefkada in May this year. It was a great experience to improve my Greek and have a holiday at the same time. The hotel we stayed in was about two minutes from the beach so a great location.
I really enjoyed the classes. We had two teachers everyday and my group had three hours of teaching in total per day. The teachers Eva and Myrto were very enthusiastic and engaging and I definitely feel that my Greek has improved.
In the evenings, the hosts Maya and Dimitris would put on various activities e.g. Greek dancing, visiting another beach, watching a film etc.
It was a good opportunity to meet people from all over the world with a common interest in the Greek language. Thank you so much to the Omilo team! I hope to book another Omilo Course in the near future.
Katarina, UK-Cyprus, Lefkada course 2022
I recently purchased the Easy Greek Stories Podcast. I am an intermediate level student and these stories are just at the right level for me. I understand quite a bit of the text but they also challenge me to learn more. I listen to the podcast whilst looking at the Greek text. It really helps me with the pronunciation of words as well as expanding my vocabulary more. Another feature I really like is that the podcast narrates the whole story slowly first then repeats it at a faster pace. I highly recommend these podcasts and accompanying texts.
Angela, google reference
I did a summer course in Syros last August and it helped me a lot in order to gain fluency (my Greek is at an intermediate/advanced level). Not only were the classes both fun (each and every teacher has a great sense of humour) and interesting (forget about the usual food/weather/weekend plans talks), but you could also feel the effort that they put into the evening activities! I believe that they are the best choice for any intermediate/advanced greek learner out there: just take a look at both their blog and their podcasts and see for yourself! Of course, this is also true for beginners: I wish I had them from the start…I would have reached my current level in half the time! I think that their classes are the perfect mix of new vocabulary/grammar/speaking activities as well as an invaluable way to learn more about Greek culture. I’m looking forward to next summer! Χαιρετίσματα από τη Μαδρίτη!
Francesca, Italy, Syros 2021
(Translated by Google) I’ve been doing skype lessons since October and I’m more than happy. My teacher, Myrto, is kind and patient. I think my Greek has improved since last year.
I also absolutely love the simple stories from the Omilo Podcast.
Έχω κάνει μαθήματα στο skype από Οκτωβρίου και είμαι παρά πολύ χαρούμενος. Η δασκάλα μου, Μυρτό, είναι ευγενική, και υπομονετική. Νομίζω τα ελληνικά μου βελτιώθηκε από την πέρσι.
Μου αρέσουν παρά πολύ τις απλές ιστορίες από το Omilo Podcast.
It was a pleasure for me to write a Google review, which you can see online. I had really a great time. Everything was so well organized and the Omilo-Crew and the people were so nice. Agios Nikitas and the hotel is a perfect place. Everything is near and beautiful. I’m still thinking every day at the wonderful time I spent there…
I also would like to try Syros, but this summer I have no time left…
Now I have to repeat and to deepen, what I’ve learned in the course
Uschi, Germany ,
Lefkada June 2022
As you know I am always happy with Omilo, and to me it is so nice to meet all these people from all around the world, with the same passion for Greece.
I had a very nice time in Lefkada, and my class was perfect I think, we had so much fun.
The boat trip was nice, to swim in the clear water, and I had a very nice lunch in Meganisi with Peter, Uschi and Elena.
And Agatha was a beautiful place, with the view and nice atmosphere.
ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ!
PS.Yes,it was a pity you had to leave, it is nice when you are around.
Rønnaug, Norway, Lefkas 2022
Καλισπερα Δημήτρη, Μάγια, Μυρτώ και Εύα
Θα ήθελα υα σας ευχαριστήσω για μια πολύ καλή εβδομάδα στιν Λευκάδα.
I had a wonderful time in Agios Nikitas and, I believe, a very good grounding for the beginning of my conversational Greek. I hope to come and visit you again next year on Syros … at which time I hope you will see an increase in both my vocabulary and my speech!
Very best wishes to you all. Τα λεμε!
Without doubt, my experience of Omilo is overwhelmingly positive. Whether on residential courses or through Internet teaching lessons. The passion, planning and professionalism of the Omilo school and its whole team is exemplary. The teachers are professional, enthusiastic, patient, well presented, responsive and good humoured. Such organisations examine every aspect of what they do and seek to constantly refine and improve each element to advance the whole offer. This professional, personalised, high quality service is value for money.
Johnnie Littler, UK, Syros 2020 and 2021 , as well as Online lessons
Γεια σας! This was my first time on a course with Omilo. I was apprehensive about booking because I didn’t know much about the school. However, I can honestly say that I have had a fantastic experience. My Greek listening skills, vocabulary and grammar have improved but more importantly for me I feel far more confident about speaking Greek. The staff are extremely patient, skilled and have a terrific sense of humour. It is a chance to meet people from all over the world and hopefully make friends for life. If, like me, you are hesitant about booking, hesitate no longer and book! You will love it.
Julia Walsh, UK, Lefkada, June 2021
My Omilo Greek Language and Culture course was just amazing! So lovely and competent teachers, I learnt a lot in the small classes (especially talking!) and I also liked the culture programs in the evenings very much! Syros Island is very beautiful and I had a very nice time with the other students as well. I definitely will take other classes with Omilo in the future!
Bettina, Switzerland, Syros July 2021
Dear Friends from Omilo,
I really hope that you are all safe and in good health. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the photos and the video. These are wonderful memories of 2 phantastic weeks on the beautiful island of Lefkada. The course, the location and last but not least our lovely teachers. As co-classmate Julia said on the video, they teach with a lot of patience and a great sense of humour! I could imagine to come to Lefkada again next year, θα δούμε…
Best regards to all of you, take care.
Sabine, Germany, Lefkada , June 2021
Ήθελα να σας ευχαριστήσω πολύ για την φανταστική εμπειρία που είχα στη Σύρο! Συγχαρητήρια σε όλους τους καθηγητές!! Είστε όλοι πάρα πολύ συμπαθητικοί, ευγενικοί και ειδικοί. Μου άρεσαν πολύ όλα τα μαθήματα, με όλους τους τρείς καθηγητές που είχα. Αισθάνθηκα πολύ καλά στην Αζόλιμνο, ήμουν σαν σπίτι και, μετά τα μαθήματα, μπορούσα να κάνω εξάσκηση των ελληνικών με το ευγενικό κορίτσι στο Μεριδάκι, με την κυρία στο μίνι μάρκετ και με μερικούς οδηγούς. Οι συμμαθητές ήταν και πολύ συμπαθητικοί και ήξερα πολλούς διαφορετικούς άνθρωπους, καθένας με την δική του εμπειρία της ζωής. Μου άρεσε πολύ όταν κάναμε παρέα στις ταβέρνες.
Τώρα ξέρω μερικά άτομα με ποιόν μπορώ να γράψω στα ελληνικά και να κάνω έτσι λίγο εξάσκηση, πριν να ξαναρχίσω τα μαθήματα με την ‘Ευούλα μου’.
Σίγουρα την επόμενη φορά θα έρθω για 2 εβδομάδες!
Ευχαριστώ πολύ και χαιρετίστματα σε όλους!
Στο καλό. Paola, Switzerland, Syros July 2021 and online lessons
Thank you so much for this wonderful course that I have been on the island of Syros in august 2021. Wonderful teachers and I will return next year, see you all then, all my regards to you lovely people.
Steinar, Norway, August 2021
Maya and Dimitri, Omilo Team, thank you for these good wishes. Here is to a beautiful 2021! I miss this beautiful experience in my life which is the School and my intense desire with regard to the Greek language. The materials which you prepare with so much care and attention help immensely! I know how much work it takes. It is exceptional. There is no other school such as Omilo, anywhere!
Pierre, France, several courses in Syros and Nafplion
Γειά σας, αγαπητή ομάδα της ΟΜΙΛΩ
Ευχαριστούμε πολύ για το εφημεριδάκι σας με τις ωραίες φωτογραφίες των μαθημάτων στη Σύρο. Με πολλή νοσταλγία θυμόμαστε τις μέρες που περάσαμε μαζί σας φέτος. Εκτιμούμασταν πολύ την κινητοποίησή σας να μας διδάξετε τα ελληνικά και να μας προσφέρετε τη ζωή και τον πολιτισμό της Ελλάδας.
Μετά τα μαθήματα στη Σύρο περάσαμε τρεις μέρες στο ωραίο νησί της Ικαρίας. Ναι, και τώρα χαιρόμαστε για την επόμενη εβδομάδα στην οποία θα ερθεί μάλιστα το καλοκαίρι κι’εδώ! Θα δούμε. Σας χαιρετούμε εγκαρδίως
Bert και Katharina, Switzerland, Syros June 2021
Beste Maya, Dimitris & team Omilo,
Dank voor de nieuwsbrief, en mijn waardering en complimenten voor de wijze waarop jullie tegen de hele corona-periode aankijken. Ik proef duidelijk het bekende ti na kanoume, iets wat ik na 40 jaar jaarlijks Griekenland bezoeken (behalve 2020) me eigen had gemaakt, maar nu ik zo lang in NL moet verblijven begint het wel wat weg te slijten. Dus ben ik blij met jullie nieuwsbrief!!! Blijf gezond daar in my beloved Greece, en geniet van de zon, het leven en ..van elkaar. Met vriendelijke groet
Frank, the Netherlands
Dear Omilo team and future students of Omilo!
This was a very strange year for all of us and despite having registered for the Syros course beginning on September 6 2020 many months ago, I was unsure if I should travel to Greece this year. During summer, cases in Greece as everywhere else were on the rise…but in the end, I decided that you cannot stop living and came to Syros. I never regretted this decision! On Syros island, not only did I have excellent and very stimulating Greek lessons, but I was also able to forget about the whole situation for two weeks, enjoy the beautiful weather, the hospitality of the Greek people and the company of friends which I had sorely missed during the period of confinement.
I felt very safe throughout my stay in Greece – I stayed for a month, travelling to Tinos and Athens after the course- and it gave my morale a real boost.
Thank you Omilo team for still offering these courses despite the difficulties you face organising them during this time, I hope to see you again very soon!
Πολλά φιλιά από τη Γενεύη
PS. Also thanks for keeping in contact by sending us your newsletters!
Αndrea, Switzerland, Syros September 2020
Dear Maia, dear Dimitri, dear everybody,
sorry I’ll write in English, it’s too complicated in Greek with the Greek keyboard, and I must admit, I feel lazy…
I’m just back, yesterday, from Greece, and couldn’t write to you earlier.
I must admit that my traineeship was fantastic. I enjoyed every moment. The teachers are great, the courses were very interesting, the classmates were very sympathetic.
What else can we expect? I enjoyed especially the mixture of texts on Greek culture, and the oral moments when each one spoke about his personal life.
My only problem is that I don’t enjoy much swimming neither staying on the beach. I get bored very quickly, since I cannot read when I’m on a beach.
I think next time I would prefer the traineeship in Nafplio or in Athens, even if Azolimnos is a very nice place.
It’s not very nice at the moment in Paris, with the virus which makes everybody very anxious. Let’s hope people will be clever and sensible enough to accept the rules…
I hope you’re doing fine, It was great to know each of you.
My best regards to the entire team
Thank you for everything, lots of love
Elisabeth, France, Syros September 2020
(Translated by Google) We have now attended a language course at Omilo for the fourth time and can recommend it without reservation. This school has earned the highest marks in every respect, both in terms of faculty and in terms of the material taught. The lessons are always very interesting, and fun at the same time. The hours go by in a flash and we will certainly book more courses.
(Original text) Wir haben nun bereits zum vierten Mal einen Sprachkurs bei Omilo besucht und können diesen vorbehaltlos weiterempfehlen. Diese Schule hat in jeder Beziehung die höchsten Noten verdient, sowohl bezüglich Lehrkörper als auch was den vermittelten Stoff betrifft. Der Unterricht ist immer sehr interessant und lustig zugleich. Die Stunden vergehen wie im Fluge, und wir werden sicher weitere Kurse buchen. Pia und Hans aus der Schweiz
Pia and Hans, Switzerland, Syros July 2020
Dear Maya and Dimitris,
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the online cultural course last week. I wasn’t sure what to expect but found the whole experience excellent and very friendly and relaxed. Each of the sessions was informative, interesting and presented in a way that was easy to relate to . The ‘breakout’ groups were a good idea giving us the opportunity to chat to the other participants, even for those of us with very rusty Greek.
It was lovely to see and hear the team again and I do hope that the OMILO summer courses go well. I will be envious of your being on Syros.
Also, the more I hear Greek the better it is for me so these Omilo Publications and eBooks with audio sessions are great for me (https://omilo.com/publications/)– and Marina and Konstantinos voices are so clear, I can imagine that I am in Greece attending an OMILO course. I like the multi-dimensions with the videos in addition to the audios and text in both Greek and English.
I enjoyed seeing the photos of the course in Syros. They made us both feel very nostalgic, we can’t wait to get back to our favourite island.
With best wishes to you all,
Angela, UK, ex-student
(Translated by Google) I have now taken an Omilo course twice, in Nafplio and on Syros, and both times have been very satisfying. All teachers are very passionate and enthusiastic. They know everything about the Greek language, they explain tirelessly and are happy to tell you about their culture. They create a pleasant, stimulating atmosphere so that you will enjoy sitting in class and your Greek quickly improves. The excursions, joint dinners and fun fellow students make it complete: I had a top holiday week in both Nafplio and Syros. In short, a must for any lover of Greek / Greece!
(Original text) Ik heb inmiddels twee keer een Omilo-cursus gevolgd, in Nafplio en op Syros, en beide keren is het me heel goed bevallen. Alle docenten zijn ontzettend bevlogen en enthousiast. Ze weten alles van de Griekse taal, geven onvermoeibaar uitleg en vertellen je graag over hun cultuur. Ze creëren een fijne, stimulerende sfeer waardoor je met plezier in de les zit en je Grieks snel verbetert. De excursies, gezamenlijke etentjes en leuke medeleerlingen maken het compleet: zowel in Nafplio als op Syros heb ik een topvakantieweek gehad. Kortom, een aanrader voor elke liefhebber van Grieks / Griekenland!
Jolanda, The Netherlands, Syros July 2020
(Translated by Google) I highly recommend this school and its summer courses. The teachers are very competent, friendly and patient. The activities offered are interesting and varied and what I like the most is that the experience combines the enchanting setting of the Cyclades and a very professional education, therefore stimulating but in a relaxed and holiday atmosphere !!!
(Original text) Je recommande fortement cette école et ses cours d’été. Les professeur(e)s sont très compétent(e)s, sympathiques et patient(e)s. Les activités proposées intéressantes et variées et ce qui me plait le plus, c’est que l’expérience allie le cadre enchanteur des Cyclades et un enseignement très professionnel, donc stimulant mais dans une ambiance détendue et de vacances!!!
Loic, Switzerland, Syros July 2020
Dear Maya, Dimitrios and Team,
I‘m so glad that I decided to do a language course in Athens and that I‘ve chosen your company! It was a pleasure to meet all of you and at the end a wonderful experience! Even if it was only one week at the end I dared to speak a lot in Greek! That was exactly what I expected to improve….
Also the framework program was very interesting and I’ve got to knew Athens from an unknown point of view! I really hope that I will join another course next year again in Athens.
Athens course, October 2019
Dear Omilo team,
since two weeks I’m back to my daily life in Rio, back to my family and friends, back to work. My holidays in Greece, including the two weeks in Azolimnos look now like a nice dream I’ve had. The many good moments I had, some of them captured in pictures, are becoming memories. Like books in a bookshelf, those memories are composing now the library of my life. Sometimes comes to my mind the memory of a fact, a word said by someone, a taste, a smell, and I cannot stop the smile on my face, the smile of pleasure, like I was rereading a beloved book.
The Greek course was an adventure for me. It was the first time I was in a real classroom learning what, for me, is one of the most beautiful and challenging languages. By the hands of the Omilo teachers I had prose and poetry, grammar and communication, language and culture. By their hands I was guided, like Athena guided the heros, to a higher place. The classes I had, helped me to break a barrier. I feel that I can communicate and interact better than before. I’m not in Ithaca yet, but I know I can reach it.
I’m not sure, if we will see us soon. Between our countries there are continents and oceans… But my workplace (attached picture) will remember me every day, the unforgettable summer of 2019.
Χαιρετίσματα από τη Βραζιλία!
Luciano , Brazil
Syros course, July 2019
Omilo had been recommended to me by a colleague at work as well as by the Greek teacher with whom I had 20 individual lessons in the Hague (in order not to arrive on Syros with no knowledge of the language at all).
The course has been an absolutely great experience for me. Starting with the information sent out before my arrival, which was very diligently put together and provided really all the details necessary, moving on to the accommodation organized by you and to the reception and dinner on Sunday before the course started-everything was perfectly well organized and marked by your very kind and attentive attitude towards all the students.
The course itself was also excellently well prepared and organized. The quality of a language school obviously depends on its teachers, and Omilo’s primary asset are indeed your teachers. Based on the very extensive experience all of you have, you were able to very quickly and accurately assess my level (as well as the level of the other students) and place me in a group where I could quickly feel at ease and learn at a pace which made me feel comfortable. I could only marvel at the limitless patience, enthousiasm and professionalism of Konstantinos and Terpsi, the teachers I had. The system according to which each teacher is responsible for two lessons per day and then the other one takes over proved to be ideal. Four hours per day is intensive, for the teachers as well as for the students, and this way we could benefit the most, I am convinced of that.
An added value which made it possible to get to know Greek culture were the side events organized by the school, about Greek history, music, poetry and dance. I very much appreciated the sincere dedication by all of you to open the doors to the incredibly rich cultural treasures of your country to us.
Finally, I am very, very grateful indeed for the quick and flexible way how it was possible to organize private lessons for me during the week I spent in Athens after the course on Syros, This was really perfect too, it allowed me to advance further and to learn a lot.
I will come back for more Omilo courses, that is absolutely certain.Thank you very much and best regards
Syros September 2019, and Athens private lessons
I was once again very happy to be in Azolimnos this year. Thank you once more for the excellent organization and atmosphere and the commitment of all the teachers; I surely won’t forget Eva’s performance during the evening dedicated to learning songs nor the excellent presentations of Marina and Konstantinos. As for the courses, I have been with some people of my class for the third year in a row, it was interesting to see the own progress in comparison with the other participants (and their’s too of course!). We had a good time with Jenny and Eva and siga-siga, my ability to communicate in greek progresses with each course.
Thank you again for that, have a nice week in Ermoupolis.
Syros course, August 2019
Querido equipo de Omilo,
Muchísimas gracias por dos semanas inolvidables de curso en Syros. Aprender la lengua en el lugar en donde se habla es la mejor opción. Tomé el curso de principiantes y considero que en esas dos semanas aprendí mucho. La manera en que los cursos están organizados me parece excelente, buena combinación entre gramática y conversación, además tener dos profesores diferentes en cada curso hace que la clase sea muy amena. Me encanto el ambiente de la escuela, todo mundo es muy amable. Maya siempre está al pendiente de todos y uno sabe que puede recurrir a cualquiera del grupo de profesores en cualquier momento. Las actividades sociales y culturales que se organizaron por las tardes fueron muy divertidas. Además Azolimnos es un lugar bellísimo. Recomiendo ampliamente a quien quiera aprender griego o a perfeccionar su griego a tomar cursos con el equipo de Omilo.
Syros, curso de dos semanas agosto/septiembre 2019
I first heard about the Omilo language course through facebook. When my fellow-student Britt told us that she wanted to participate I decided to accompany her and so did Liedwien and Erik. I also heard Eric Dolfen, who is in the same dance group as myself, he was very enthusiastic and I know that he speaks Greek very well.
I am very much satisfied with the course, though one week is a bit short but we learned a great deal.
Both Eva and Konstandinos are very good teachers, very encouraging and they are also sympathetic people.
I was glad to learn a good deal of new vocabulary and to be able to put it into practice. We learned the past continuous of all types of verbs and repeated the difference between personal and possessive pronouns.The room in pension Galaxy was very convenient and the hotelkeeper was friendly and helpful.
I also enjoyed the other activities, the dancing, the film and the excursion to Ermoupoli. Azolimnos is the perfect place for a language course. Life is cheap, the beach is not too crowded and there are some good restaurants.I definitely want to come back to Syros to explore the rest of the island.
Thanks a lot for a wonderful holiday. Kind regards
Bea , Belgium
Syros July 2019
Het positieve punt, dat alles overheerst, is dat ik veel zin gekregen heb om verder Grieks te studeren. Dat dank zij de enthousiaste wijze van lesgeven van Konstantinos en Eva, elk op hun manier.
Of we wat meer of wat minder grammatica of woordenschat gekregen hebben, of we wat te veel of te weinig geschreven, geluisterd of gesproken hebben, doet er dan voor mij niet toe.
Als ik terugkom, zal het voor de 2 weken zijn, dan waarschijnlijk met mijn vrouw. Voor wie meekomt hoeft Omilo niets te organiseren, maar een blad met suggesties om te doen in de tijd dat de anderen de les volgen, kan interessant zijn.
Met vriendelijke groet
Erik , Belgium
Syros July 2019
Truly enjoyed once again my syros experience. Ευχαριστώ πολύ.
For your info, here a copy of what I wrote on google reviews;
OMILO provides the perfect combination of excellence, fun and heart !!! I have been studying at Omilo for a few years now, it has made a world of difference in my life and on my language level. Classes are adapted to all learning preferences and levels. The staff is like family plus they are brilliant and incredible professionals. Intensive courses take place in amazing locations around Greece (Syros is my favorite 😉 ) : a GREAT way to learn while having an unforgettable vacation and meeting people from around the world sharing our love of Greece and greek culture.
Danae Mache, France
Syros course, July 2019
Dear Maya & Dimitris,
We again loved the course and especially the teachers. Everything was very well organized and the atmosphere was great.The teachers were brilliant, kind and very bright. I very much enjoyed conversation classes with Eva and very interesting grammar lessons with Marina. Also, other students were very interesting and friendly. However, I think that this year I would have learned more if I was a part of a more advanced group (last year I very much enjoyed my classes with Caroline).
Andrej on the other hand learned a lot and was completely satisfied with the level.
Give my love to Eva and Marina!
Syros July course, 2019
Thank you all so much for such a brilliant week. I have returned to London and have been studying every day – you have boosted my enthusiasm and confidence so much.
I’m hoping to enrol on another course with you as I enjoyed the Nafplio one so much. If I don’t make any of this year’s courses then I will look at coming back to Nafplio next year. I wish now that I had booked the two week course as I felt the progress I made in the first week was really good (for me ??) and a second week would have reinforced everything. Anyway, ‘my brain was full’ by the end of the first week so maybe I had reached saturation level!
Many, many thanks again and I love receiving the email updates and Newsletters
Nafplion Easter course, April 2019
Here is my feedback about Omilo..
It is a fantastic team, everybody seems to love the job, the spirit is high.
I used to be a college teacher for 34 years, so I know the your job: I can asure you, that you all are very professional languagewise and at the same time very much entertainig.
I guess Marina is one of best language teachers I`ve ever had. Also your homepage is outstandig compared to the other Athenian schools !
Athens, March 2019
I sincerely want to thank you, Dimitri and all the Omilo team for the many years of fun, friendship and of learning Greek with you. It always felt as though I was with a family and the association with your amazing organisation has brought me much happiness and wonderful memories.
My passion for Greece and the Greek people will never die and I have started classes in Greek here in Perth. It’s rather amusing as I am in a class of eight women and I am the only non Greek. I so enjoy their company and we have a lot of fun.
I want to thank the entire Omilo team from the bottom of my heart for all that I have learned and for the truly fantastic times I will treasure forever. Much love
Sally , New Zealand
Lefkada & Syros 2012-2018
Ik volgde de ‘Alfabet cursus’ van Omilo via Skype. Dit was een zeer verrijkende en aangename ervaring! Dankzij deze cursus ken ik de basis van het Grieks.
De lessen werden via onderling overleg ingepland met de lerares Terpsi. Voor mij was 1x per week haalbaar.
Voor de les begon, kreeg ik ruim op tijd een e-mail met alle nodige informatie, voorbereidend video-materiaal en het cursusdeel voor de aankomende les. De cursus opbouw zat goed in elkaar! Voor je het weet spreek je en lees je Grieks. Tijdens de les had je voldoende tijd om extra vragen te stellen. Na iedere Skype-sessie kreeg je een opdracht waardoor je de aangereikte leerstof extra kon oefenen. De lerares is geduldig en motiverend. Ik zou deze cursus aanraden aan iedereen die Grieks wilt leren!
Alphabet course, February 2019
Je suis en Crète depuis une semaine et, malgré la pluie, j’apprécie pleinement mon séjour! Je comprends de mieux en mieux la langue mais peine toujours à m’exprimer.
Cependant, je ne désespère pas, je suis consciente qu’à mon âge, apprendre une nouvelle langue prend plus de temps qu’à vingt ans!
Gardez le cap, Omilo est la meilleure école de langue que j’ai suivie
J’ai été impressionnée par la qualité pédagogique et didactique des enseignants, leur capacité à partir des apprenants, de là où ils sont dans leur apprentissage et de comprendre que chacun.e a une manière bien à lui/elle d’apprendre.
Merci à vous toutes et tous, je suis très heureuse d’avancer dans la connaissance de cette belle langue qui me permet d’être en lien avec les autochtones. Cordiaux messages,
Athens, March 2019
Excellent teachers, friendly atmosphere, stunning places, a fascinating language and culture. An addicting experience, to savour under the Greek sun 🙂
Looking forward to meeting the team next summer on Syros island, for my 5th intensive course with Omilo!
Syros, Athens, Lefkada 2012-2019
When I joined the Greek course in Syros, I had only been studying Greek for 3 months and I was nervous about being out of my depth during the course.
From the offset, the staff made me feel welcome and reassured. I found the teaching to be first-rate and well adapted to my level with the teachers excelling at making conversation flow.
Also, the 2 teachers set-up, whereby we would cover more grammar in the morning with one teacher, and continue with conversation in the afternoon with another teacher, worked very well. I enjoyed the excursions and the extra-curricular activities very much. And, just as importantly, I am delighted to have discovered a beautiful island and a place I actually would like to return to. The excellent teaching combined with the super friendly approach and the amazing setting can only lead me to highly recommend Omilo and Syros.
Syros, September 2018
Dear Omilo team,
Thank you very much for the time with you! It was the 4th time that I come to study Greek with Omilo and it was great again! Teachers are very professional and make me learn with pleasure.
Your program to come in touch with the Greek culture is always excellent.
I hope to come back soon again! Kind regards!
Sabine, Germany ,
1-week Athens course, November 2018
Dear Maya and Dimitri,
thank you so much for the course – I enjoyed it very much, and here below my feedback. I look forward to coming again as soon as possible! After the course, I had a beautiful week in Kini, and returned to England last night.
I felt much more confident about speaking Greek out and about, and am very grateful for everything you did, not only the course, but all the evening activities, the ballet, the concert, the dancing and so on, all of which were terrific.
I really benefitted from talking, and getting confident, thanks to the friendly and kind manner of both teachers, who were patient and diplomatic, and explained everything clearly, and didn’t rush us, but nevertheless kept us moving forwards. They made the classes interesting and fun.
I enjoyed all our activities, and the course location was lovely.
Very best wishes, I will be in touch soon about trying to organize Skype lessons. Have a good break – and see you again soon,
Syros July 2018
Proficiat met Omilo. Jullie doen dit zeer goed en zijn zeer bezorgd over ons welzijn. Jullie proberen het iedereen naar wens te maken wat niet gemakkelijk is bij zo ’n divers publiek.
De positiviteit die jullie uitstralen geeft energie en de goesting om verder te doen. De leerkrachten zijn zeer professioneel en geduldig. De vriendelijkheid en de goede sfeer bezorgden ons een mooie tijd met alleen maar goede herinneringen.. Σας ευχαριστούμε πάρα polu
Syros August 2018
Καλημέρα Μαγα και η ομάδα Ομιλω,
Όλα καλά για μένα. H διαμονή μας στη Σύρο ήταν πολύ ευχάριστη.
J’ai apprécié la gentillesse, l’enthousiasme et l’implication de toute l’équipe d’OMILO, toujours de bonne humeur. J’ai aussi apprécié les activités culturelles proposées.
καλή τύχη σε σας, Χαιρετίσματα
Syros September, 2018
Thank you so much for everything, I literally loved every single thing about my course — next time I hope to stay for the full 2 weeks instead of just 1 wk.
The schedule was ideal, 10 am-2pm — it was quite intensive, but not too much so. The break from11:45 am – 12:15 pm was very welcome and necessary.
Quality of teaching was most impressive — Eva & Marina were just terrific: extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and adapted their speaking to our (intermediate level) by speaking more slowly and clearly — perfect for me.
I also loved the presentation on Bambakaris, rembetika artist.
Also, since comprehension is the skill I need the most work on, it was very helpful to be spoken to first in Greek, then in English (Dimitri did this when addressing the group).
Thank you for running such an excellent program — your professionalism and obvious care and attention to quality are most appreciated!
Syros, Intensive course, July 2018
It was a lovely course again! Wonderful to get a 4 hours long Greek shower every day.
Everything was perfect for me. I liked the flexibility that we, the students, always could ask questions, the teachers took the point, and gave a lot of examples in the theme. We did not feel that we disturbed by our questions. I like the oral part, speaking a lot very much, and the writing must follow and strengthen the learning. I like the small village, so that we did not lose each other . Perfect with your cultural activities in the evenings. I travelled alone, and made friends with the others. So not scaring to come alone to Omilo!
I am already planning the next course with Omilo, and I promise to work better / more on my Greek during the winter……Thank you! See you again!
Syros, Intensive course, July 2018
Thank you for a great experience!
Nice balance of language and culture….dancing, eating out, speaking, cultural nights, etc… Excellent teachers… very well run program. I also enjoy the emails with cultural notes throughout the year. I hope to return.
Syros, Intensive course, July 2018
Hallo Liebe Maja,
hallo liebes OMILO-Team,
Ramona und ich möchten unser Feedback gern auf deutsch abgeben. Das war ja nach Syros im September 2017 unser zweiter Kurs mit Omilo. Wie immer haben wir uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Die Unterkunft auf Lefkas war hervorragend genauso wie der Service. Unsere Lehrer Marina und Konstantinos haben sich sehr viel Mühe gegeben alle Schüler mit zu nehmen. Wir glauben wieder einiges für unser Leben in Griechenland gelernt zu haben. Auch die anderen Aktivitäten außerhalb des Unterrichts haben uns sehr gut gefallen. Wir möchten uns an dieser Stelle auch noch einmal recht herzlich bei Dir liebe Maja, Dimitris und Terpsi bedankern. Sicherlich werden wir Eure Organisation in unserem Freundes und Bekanntenkreis weiter empfehlen. Sicherlich machen auch wir noch einmal einen Kurs bei Euch. Alles Gute und eine schöne Zeit auf Syros wünschen.
Ramona und Falk, Germany
Lefkada, Intensive Course, June 2018
Hello Maya, Dimitri and teachers,
I was very satisfied with the course and learned a lot of grammar as well as conversation. I loved Marina and Kostantino’s classes. They are excellent teachers and beautiful and kind people.
I learned way faster and much more than I could ever imagined. I also loved the cultural activities in the evening.
Your long term experience doing these types of courses really shows. It’s to perfection.
Lefkada, Intensive Course, June 2018
Γεια σας Μαία και ΟΜΙΛΩ ομάδα!
Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ για φωτογραφίες!
Είναι ωραίο άλμπουμ.
Γύρισα σπίτι στη Μελβούρνη πριν από μια μερα. Εδώ κάνει πολύ κρύο και βρέχει. Mου λείπει η Ελλάδα!
Thank you all so much for the two weeks of a wonderful learning experience as well as cultural and gastronomical discoveries!! The classes were excellently structured with great balance of grammar, writing, speaking and reading exercises. And of course, a humour which helped us a great deal to learn and remember, especially verbs conjugation!
Also, extracurricular activities we have done (taverna nights, walks in the glorious city of Athens, visit to Savros Niarchos Cultural Centre, “CATS” musical and presentation about renowned Greek bouzouki musician, Giorgos Zampetas) were all well organised, very enjoyable and inspirational. Overall, for me, it was one of the unforgettable lifetime experiences.
Looking forward to future return to the Omilo family!!
Warmest Regards from the Down Under,
Athens, Intensive Course, May 2018
Dear Maya, Dimitri and all staff,
It was a great pleasure to Anne and myself to share this week with you. As last year in Azolimnos (Syros) , also now the stay was well organized, very active and interesting, professional. The course location (hotel Agatha, the little village, the island of Lefkada) was a nice discovery.
Thanks for all that!
Anne and Benoît , Belgium
Lefkada, Intensive Course, June 2018
Αγαπημένοι φίλοι μου,
Σήμερα ήρθαν τα αποτέλεσματα των εξετάσεων ελληνικών ΚΕΓ.
Και το αποτέλεσμα μου για το επίπεδο Β1 ήταν: άριστα!
Well, I prefer to continue in English to be quicker: I took your course in Athens in March, and I am sure this has helped improving my skills a lot! Would you please thank Marina and Vaso on behalf of me? I do hope to be able to come again next year!
Σας ευχαρισθώ παρά πολύ!
Cisca, The Netherlands
Athens, Intensive Course, March 2018
Many thanks for the photo album, which I received today. I have been wanting to send you some thoughts about the course for some time.
First of all, I want to thank you for introducing me to Nafplio which I fell in love with. A more beautiful place to have a course is hard to imagine. Everything about it was, for me, wonderful and just what a polis should be — small, intimate, cultural, on the sea, surrounded by mountains, with a stunning castle hanging high in the sky, great museums, and a fabulous square.
Coming to the course, which I loved. It was very well organised, the hotel where we stayed was excellent value, the school was very centrally located, the afternoon and evening activities were great, and your enthusiasm for everything was really infectious. Being Easter, it was also a very special time to be there.
Regarding the teaching, I felt that Constantinos was a quite exceptional teacher. Every lesson he presented was a model according to the methodology I had been taught by International House many years ago. It was a pleasure to be in his class. I also really enjoyed Terpsi’s class, especially the ones on culture.
So please allow me to congratulate you Dimitri on what you have so successfully built up over the years, and for your professionalism, enthusiasm, energy and obvious love of what you are doing. It was a pleasure meeting you and Maya, and all the teachers; I also met many congenial people on the course with whom I’ll undoubtedly stay in touch and, hopefully, meet again on another Omilo course in the future.
Thanking you once again for everything,
Nafplion, Easter 2018
Liebe Maya, Dimitris und das ganze Omilo Teacher Team
Da ich in Griechisch noch ein blutiger Anfänger und in Englisch auch nicht unbedingt sehr sattelfest bin, hier in Deutsch:
Als erstes möchte ich unseren beiden Lehrerinnen, Marina und Terpsi meinen herzlichen Dank für die interessanten, kurzweiligen und lehrreichen Lektionen aussprechen! Ihr Engagement und ihre Freude am unterrichten waren wirklich toll, wir hatten auch immer viel zu lachen )und die Unterrichtsstunden vergingen wie im Flug! HERZLICHEN DANK!
Aber auch dir Maya und Dimitris gilt mein Dank für all die Vorbereitungsarbeiten und die tolle Organisation der Kurse und der Aktivitäten! Es hat einfach rundum Spass gemacht und ich habe mich sehr wohl gefühlt.
Ich habe fest im Sinn wieder zu kommen!? Ich wünsche euch weiterhin viel Erfolg und noch weitere so tolle Kurse im 2018!
Liebe Grüsse aus Bern / Χαιρετισματα από τη Βέρνη
Nafplion Easter 2018
Thank you for the photo-album and hope you received my feedback. I was very satisfied with my course.
Meanwhile it was my fifth language course abroad (but the first in Greek). I regard it the best I attended so far. You have very skilled and ambitious teachers with profound knowledge, you can be proud of them. I was lucky to have them all as teachers. All different personalities: Terpsi the more serious, calm one, Konstantin as “Hahn im Korb” who has an special eye for the slower learning ones, Marina as experienced teacher with broad language knowledge and a great temperament, and Eva who uses her theater experience for a big benefit in teaching. Very lively, pushing their learners to do even more. Every learner will find his favorite type of teacher.
It is good, to switch between two teachers. Especially when the harmonize like they did. Both the teachers were always informed about the other’s lession. Good job!
The two weeks were perfectly organized (except of good Friday’s weather)
I would love to come back for a course on the island of Syros this summer.
Herzliche Grüße aus Heidelberg
Nafplion Easter 2018
Dear Maya and Dimtiris,
I just wanted to give you some news of my courses in Athens this time ; it was just marvellous. The weather was very sunny and agreable and the courses, whaouh ! I was very happy with my private lessons and all the more because at first, when I saw last October that your projects for the courses and my own plans for travelling to Athens in 2018 would not meet at any period , I was very disappointed but now, I know it was a chance that I had these courses all by myself. I think, I had just reached the stage when it was an advantage. I made some visible progress, especially in the second week and it is a big motivation to continue learning in the same way. I had very pleasant hours with Marina and Terpsi and we had a lot of fun too, so I wanted you to know that at the end, it was all for the best.
All the best and many greetings, καλό Σαββατοκύριακο!
Athens, private lessons, Μarch 2018
Dear Maya ,Dimitri, Terpsi, Marina and Konstantine ,
thanks again for the photo Album of our February course. It had been a very intense and enjoyable week with lots of new impressions. Looking at the pictures here in incredibly cold Frankfurt, it makes me feel warm and happy and brings back all those beautiful memories which I already “collected” while staying with you in my so beloved Athens.
I know you like to get “feedback”, and if you want me to use a scale from 1-10, then you would get a 10+++++ without ending.
You are indeed not only meeting my expectations, but always exceeding them. And those are not only “nice words” and I will tell you why…
It starts with the uncomplicated and always reliable organisation of the courses (thanks to Maya and Nina), followed by your letters full of information about the courses and the City of Athens including public transport, benefits and events, continues with your well chosen proposals for discovering the cultural Highlights of Athens (musicals, theatre, Museums etc.) and the “legendary” night walks with Maya and Dimitris, where you are always paying attention to letting us get some new impressions and taking care for special interests (f.e. the art walk, new influences in Greek cooking etc.) and ends up with staying in touch with us in a very familiarly manner by distributing the photo album, personal greetings and your wonderful Newsletter.
But of course, what really matters for students who want to learn Greek, is the quality of the lessons which are held by your teachers. In my opinion you provide the perfect mixture of teaching skills which are required to keep a student ambitious in learning your beautiful but difficult language. Terpsi, your calm and confident way of teaching spends a lot of energy and makes me feel safe and optimisic that one day I will make it. Konstantine, your smooth and personally adressing way of teaching and your strength in explaining Greek grammar in a simple way, opens my mind even for the “heavy stuff”. And last, but not least, Marina, your very challenging way of teaching (and you know it!!!) is the perfect and necessary counterpart, which I need to “stay on the ground” and unveal my deficits. In my opinion, all those teaching skills – creating confidence, introduce to the essentials and challenge, are the most promising “ingredients” to learn a foreign language. None of them must be missed. So thanks to all of you! And not to forget, that we are always having a lot of fun during the lessons, which should not be underestimated when talking about keeping motivation on a high level!
So, what could I say more than thanks so much to the whole team! You won’t get rid of me, even if you would like to (hopefully not ;)). And of course, whenever someone will need the perfect adress for learning Greek, I will write down: Omilo, Panagi Tsaldari, Marousi, Athens!!!
While writing, again this very special Athens Nostalgia is catching me up….Wish I could be there…So long, my best wishes and greetings from cold Frankfurt.
Athens, Intensive Course, February 2018
Dear Maya and Dimitris,
I wanted to let you know that last year’s program was excellent. You added so many extra activities. You built a school, but after thinking about it, you created a family.
You, the teachers and the staff are caring and thoughtful. Compliments to everyone! Of course I would like to attend a summer program this year again.
Θα τα πούμε,
Syros, Intensive Course, September 2017
Thank you very much for the wonderful days I have spent in Syros. Thank you for helping me to start to learn a language I once thought I would never be able to speak and understand. Thank you Konstandinos and Terpsi for your classes, your intelligent lesson planning, your involvement, your gentle kindness, your perceptiveness, and for making me enjoy learning from the start. Thank you Maya for your attention, your advice, and perfect organization. Thank you Dimitris for your warm welcome into Greece, for your care for every aspect of our stay in Syros, and for the activities you coordinated and run. Thank you Marina for being there, even for those who were not your students-like me, for your encouragement and your smile. Thank you all for guiding me through this journey into your beautiful language. I will not forget the light of the Cyclades, the sea at all times, the bougainvillea flowers, the pleasant conversations, the walks and the people I met in and outside class, but what I most value above everything else is the excellent teaching I received and what I have learnt these days with you.
I hope to see you again.
All the best,
Eulàlia , Spain
Syros, Intensive Course, July 2017
In addition to my responses to your student survey, I want to say I have particularly appreciated the contents of the course, the approach which is given to it, as well as the tools used during the course.
I have also appreciated the kindness, the enthusiasm, and the strong involvement of each member of the OMILO’s team.
Syros, Intensive Course, July 2017
So glad I inadvertently stumbled upon ‘Omilo’ while scouring the Internet for a Modern Greek course in the Los Angeles area! Without hesitation, I immediately inquired if space were available for the course I was interested in, then happily I secured a flight to Athens!
Fast forward, I enrolled in a two-week spring session in Nafplion. I was instantaneously and thoroughly impressed with the program, the professionalism, as well as the high caliber of instruction. To illustrate how pleased I was, two years later I enrolled in yet another course at the same location!
All of the instructors are native-speakers, enthusiastic, engaging, have energetic personalities, and are authentic and sincere in their interaction with all students. Their thoughtful method of instruction, coupled with small classes, speak volumes about how they genuinely care that all students learn. Each lesson is strategically geared for the level of the class, the delivery is at a comfortable pace, and the instructors instinctively and ongoingly check for understanding before moving on.
Additionally, the entire Omilo staff is warm, super friendly, and ‘top-notch’! Much attention is given to ensuring everyone is comfortable and enjoying his/her experience.
Many other optional fun and educational activities are included which immensely add to the comradery and enjoyment of learning Greek in Greece!
If it weren’t for the fact I live on another continent, I would happily be in attendance of more Omilo courses!
Nafplion, Intensive Course, April 2017
Kalimera Maya and Nina,
Thank you for the link to the photo album of my course in Athens in May; they are a pleasant memory of a very nice week. I liked the course very much; at first, I was wondering how it would be having lessons all by myself but in fact, I had a great time thanks to Terpsi and Dimitri; I discovered that it was easier for me to speak than I thought and as I was compelled to use the greek language all the time during the lessons, it helped me a lot; last but not least, we had fun together. I also enjoyed all the visits and activities in the afternoons (the Dora-Stratou theater, the Narchos- foundation, the very nice walk to the Philopapous hill, the songs , quite a lot in a week !) and of course, the very friendly atmosphere of the school.
Big thanks to you and all the team.
Athens, Intensive Course, May 2017
Ik wil even zeggen dat mijn cursus weer super goed bevallen is en dat de lessen weer goed en heel leuk in elkaar zaten. Lefkada was ook een super mooie locatie en wij zaten steeds buiten met ons klasje, dus dat was natuurlijk helemaal mooi!
Ik zou jullie cursus echt aan iedereen aanraden die Grieks willen leren! Het is gewoon net of je 1 grote familie bent, heel gezellig! Ik kom volgend jaar gewoon weer terug! Heel erg bedankt!
Madeleine, The Netherlands
Lefkada, Intensive Course, June 2017
This was the first time I’d ever done a course like this- and it was amazing – thank you Omilo team. I enjoyed having two teachers in a four hour session teaching different things. The use of cards, games, and structured tables for the verbs were really helpful. The two weeks course has made me feel so much more confident to speak – it’s still a struggle but there has been an a huge improvement. I met great people, discovered another gorgeous place in Greece in Agios Nikitas, Lefkada and of course my Greek has really improved.
Thank you for making us feel so special and for organising our class and out of class activities – you work really hard and with good hearts – and I will be back!!!
Lefkada, Intensive Course, June 2017
Dear Μάγια, Δημήτρη, Μαρίνα, Τέρψη και Κωστα
Have been walking in Spain after the Greek course.. My head is an alphabet soup of Greek, Spanish and French.. When I want to say ‘yes’ in Spanish out pops ‘ναι’ and vice versa!
I loved your classes and wished we had signed up for two weeks rather than one.. Perhaps next time?! I sincerely hope there will be a next time.
I commend you all for your generosity and intelligence in teaching your beautiful language to us with such genuine warmth, energy and enthusiasm.
I can say that I felt very excited to be at Omilo, and very happy that we had chosen your school amongst all the others when Irini and I were sitting at my kitchen table in Brisbane, plotting to go to Greece.. You are all ΚΑΤΑΠΛΙΚΤΙΚΙ!!! If I lived in Athens I would definitely be a regular!
Athens, Intensive Course, May 2017
Dear Omilo Team,
I am writing to thank you all for such an excellent Greek Language Course. It was enjoyable, interesting, engaging, informative and worthwhile! I will recommend Omilo to all my Greek-speaking English friends, and hope to return sometime for another course in Athens.
Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ,
Athens, Intensive Course, May 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the course in Nafplion and feel that the Omilo team do a good job and are very proficient and professional. I was only exposed to the beginners course which I requested . I grew up in Greek family life where Greek was spoken. My parents immigrated from Greece. I attended a community Greek school as a child which was taught by one of the Greek community elders. At age 10 years we moved to another city and Greek was seldom spoken, consequently I forgot much of the Greek I knew. For the past two years I have attended a Greek class given by the local Greek church but only 2 hours a week.
I learned more Greek in the one week class in Nafplion than I have in 2 Years at my local Greek Church. This is one of the reasons I am very motivated to try to continue. to study Greek through Omilo.
I have enjoyed your Newsletter and entries on FaceBook.
I am looking forward to attending one of the fall course after Skype lessons.
Nafplion, Intensive course, April 2017
Dear Omilo team,
I want to thank Terpsi and Constantinos for the excellent course they
provided for me last week. Omilo is a good school and I would
recommend the school to anyone who wishes to learn Greek. You are true
professionals and it was a pleasure to work with you. I look forward
to coming back sometime for more Greek study.
Athens, Private lessons, January 2017
Dear Omilo team,
Just a short mail to confirm my presence for the second week of the August course in Syros.
I also wanted to share with the teaching team a little good piece of news in this weird months Europe is going through… I sat and passed the official B2 exam for the Greek language last May! Special thanks to Marina, Kostantinos, Dimitri, Terpsi and Kostas who have all been my teachers in these past 3 years and fully contributed to this result!!!
Happy to see you all very soon and to start with you my trip to C1:)
Syros, Athens and Lefkada intensive courses 2013-2016
Γεια σου Maya,
Όλα καλά ;
Μου αρέσει παρά πολύ το Ομιλώ. Οι καθηγητές και καθηγήτριες είναι εξαιρετικοί και το κλίμα, έξοχο ! Θα ξαναέρθω σίγουρα ! Ποτέ ; Δεν ξέρω ακόμα !
Σας ευχαριστώ παρά πολύ, όλους σας.
Θερμούς χαιρετισμούς και φιλάκια από την Αζόλιμνο, πολύ ήσυχη τώρα !
Τα λέμε …
Syros intensive course, August-September 2016
Last week Petra and I returned home safely from Nafplion. We had a great time, even though I got ill. Both of us really enjoyed the Greek lessons. We think that you and your staff are very, very good teachers.
It was a pity of course, that I had pneumonia and bronchitis, but I was lucky to find a good doctor very quickly, with your help. Because of the medicine he gave me, my temperature lowered within a day and the coughing got less, so I was able to come to school and join most of the classes. Despite my illness we have been able, I think, to enjoy the highlights of Greek Easter: Epitaphios, dinner in the Old Tavern, Anastasi and Easter lunch in Fougaro. We’d like to thank you for organizing everything so well!
And of course I’d like to thank you for the present you gave me on Tuesday, the day we left. In the plane I had the chance to take a good look at everything that was in the bag and I was pleasantly surprised! Nafplion is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, with a memorable history. I’ll be reading the booklet on Kapodistrias soon and I’m planning to frame the picture and give it a nice place in my study. I’m honoured, I really am!
Thank you again, also on behalf of Petra, for the lessons, for organizing not only the course, but also all the other activities and, of course, your great gift!
Give our love to Maya,
Richard and Petra, The Netherlands
Nafplion intensive course, 2016
Thank you for your email with the link to the facebook photo-album. I just wanted to thank you for the two weeks in Nafplio, I had a great time! The whole experience was very enriching: To be in Greece during the Easter holidays, to meet and exchange with many interesting people from different countries and different horizons and the OUTSTANDING quality of the lessons. Not only did you manage to make us talk with the vocabulary and grammar each of us possesses, you also made us progress in great strides and we learned a lot more more about Greek mentality, culture and the difficulties of life today in Greece.
Please feel free to publish this comment on your website, it comes from the heart. I am also sure to see you again, because I will certainly come again next year. I would have loved to come to Syros in September, but I already have other ..Please say hello from me to all the teachers with a big THANK YOU!
Many greetings from Geneva,
Andrea , Switzerland
Nafplion intensive course, 2016
Αξιότιμε Ακαδημία Πλάτωνα :),
Dear Maya, dear Δημήτρη, αγαπητή μου Μαρίνα,
Κωνσταντίνε & Τέρψη!
Τι να σας πω; Ευχαριστώ για μια υπερόχη εβδομάδα που πάλεψα με τα ελληνικά πάλι… στην Αθήνα αυτή την φορά! I was and Ι am still very happy with my idea to have a longer stay in The Big City – μου έδωσε lots of δύναμη!
Special thanks for giving us the whole four lessons, though being only the two of us!!
Special thanks to Maya for the most interesting walk in the city, Ι would not have found the lots of Street-Art walking just by my own, ήμουν στο Γάζι δεύτερη φορά, μέσα αυτή την φορά!
Special thanks to Δημήτρη for all the most profound and funny συσήτησεις!
Special thanks to Μαρίνα, for always introducing some poem – δύσκολο να καταλάβω το ολόκληρο νόημα των ελληνικών ποιημάτων μόνη μου – και αγαπάω τη ποίηση!
Τι να σας πω; Ήμουν στο αυθεντικό Μαραθώνιο στην αυθεντική Αθήνα στο αυθεντικό Παναθηναικό Στάδιο! Εντυπωσιάστηκα!! Συγκινήθηκα!!! So – that´s some very short ευχαριστώ.
Να τα πούμε πάλι.. το ελπίσω… με πολλούς χαιρετισμούς!
Eva , Austria
Athens intensive course, November 2016
Bonjour à tous,
Tout d’abord je regrette de ne pas vous écrire en grec mais je n’ai pas encore réussi à installer l’alphabet sur mon ordinateur. Je vous envoie 8 photos de nos cours à Nauplie.
J’ai été ravie de vous connaître et d’échanger avec vous et je vous espère en bonne forme.
Merci à toute l’équipe d’Omilo pour son accueil et sa compétence.
Bernadette , France
Nafplion intensive course, 2016
Lieve Maya, Dimitris en natuurlijk het hele onderwijs team,
Ik schrijf dit nog even in het Nederlands omdat ik me op die manier gevoelsmatig nog het beste kan uitdrukken.
Ik ben nu aan het werk en mijn gedachten dwalen uiteraard af naar de fijne week die ik in Athene met jullie heb mogen beleven.
Nogmaals wil ik jullie allemaal bedanken voor de fantastische organisatie en de enorme inzet van jullie allemaal. Jullie hebben deze week voor mij onvergetelijk gemaakt.
Marina en Kosta bedankt ook. ik heb ontzettend veel van jullie geleerd.
Pola filakia kai ta leme fetos.
Corina , The Netherlands
Athens intensive New Year course, December 2015
Dear Omilo team,
I LOVED the Andros course!–it really exceeded my expectations. The town was wonderfully lively, but nice and small–and the views from the course location and from the hotel Blue Dolphin where we were staying were gorgeous. So yes, I think this is an excellent location for Omilo courses. I was very happy with the teaching and with what I learned, as well as with the activities. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the other side of the island to see Chora as we were so happy (and busy) in Batsi! We might have done so had we been on Andros longer.
I continue now my lessons at home and maybe I will even be able to do some work with Φύγαμε για ελληνικά, which you so kindly gave me in August.
Warm greetings from Switzerland!
Andros intensive course, July 2015
Greek in Action, by Peter Thomas, USA
I knew I wanted to take some Greek lessons in Athens, since I was planning my walking trip in Greece. Only, I wasn’t sure where. Someone I knew suggested The Atens Center, and I looked closely at this school on the web. It was appealing in certain ways, but I decided to keep looking. My Google search took me to Omilo.
So I studied at Omilo, in Athens, for two weeks before heading for the hills. I took private lessons the first week, and a group class the second.
Although Omilo says—quite correctly—that they do not provide a homestay option, my experience was in fact very close to a homestay. The school arranged for me to stay with a very welcoming older woman in her large apartment, less than a ten-minute walk to the school. Kyria Ioanna made me breakfast every morning, and we chatted a little in my rudimentary Greek as I ate—and she was usually home in the evenings, so I would exchange a few words with her again then.
Another thing I loved about this arrangement was the proximity to Syngrou—the very large park in Marousi. This was a 10-minute walk from the Omilo school. What I usually did was walk there for an hour before class in the morning, and an hour after class (just before sunset) in the evening. (I love to walk!) When I needed to buy a special something, I walked through Syngrou to Kifissia, one of the wealthiest suburbs of Athens, where there are plenty of boutiques and high-end cafes. The walk to Kifissia from where I lived, through Syngrou, took about 45 minutes. Or sometimes I took the metro—just one stop.
My Greek lessons in Athens came to an end, and I said goodbye to my classmates and thanked the Omilo-team. (take a look at the video of the last day, with Thomas and his classmates)
My walking holiday now started.
One evening in the mountains, we were at a café in a small village. Everyone there was very simply dressed, but suddenly a man in expensive outdoor gear came in. He immediately came to our table and asked us, in fluent English, if he could help us in any way. We chatted for a bit, and—as we were chatting—I ordered something to eat. He then excused himself, and said, “You don’t need me! Manolis called because he thought you needed a translator—but your Greek is fine.”
I felt I had graduated! Thank you, everyone at Omilo—I’ll be back!
Peter Thomas, USA, Athens course , 2014