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Speak Greek on Santorini

- by Contributer

Learn the language while on a Greek holiday.

Holiday visitors to the popular Greek island of Santorini can pick up the language at a series of 'speak Greek' courses being run over the summer.

The Hellenic Culture Centre is organising a series of two-week intensive courses on Greek language and culture on the popular holiday island this year.

The courses, which run from June to September, are aimed at non-native speakers and consist of 40 hours of language tuition and Greek speaking workshops as well as 34 hours of educational and cultural activities at no additional cost.

The Hellenic Culture Centre is a private organization which specialises in teaching Greek as a second and as a foreign language.

Its aims include the promotion of the Greek language and the Greek culture worldwide as well as the development of the linguistic and intercultural skills.

It started life in 1995 on the Greek island of Ikaria island in the Aegean Sea, where it organised summer schools with Greek courses, cultural activities and teacher training for teachers of Greek as a foreign language.

It continued its work in Athens, where it is now based and now runs courses in selected places in Greece and abroad.

Staff are experienced and specialized teachers as well as special associates who work in teaching and research fields and the centre cooperates with organisations in Greece and abroad and participates in national, European and international projects.

The Santorini courses include an intensive two week programme of Greek language lessons, language workshops and speaking practice as well as an 'Unexplored Santorini' cultural programme on the rich local history and traditions of the Aegean.

The school is based in Megalochori, one of the most beautiful villages on Santorini and one of the few that has protected status as a 'traditional settlement'.

The educational programmes can also be attended through grants from the European Commission (Erasmus Plus programme). Find more information at www.hcc.edu.gr

Santorini, also called Thira, or Fira, is one of the Cyclades group of Greek islands and is one of the top holiday hotspots in the Mediterranean.

The island has its own airport and ferry port so getting there is easy and it has plenty of good hotels and other accommodation an.

The main tourist resort of perches precariously on top of vertical cliffs formed from a massive ancient volcanic eruption offering spectacular views over the caldera and the romantic pull of its famous sunsets makes Santorini a favourite with wedding parties and honeymoon couples.

Santorini is a very popular port of call for cruise ships which ferry in visitors by the thousand to gasp at the island's romantic sunset skies and to enjoy the vibrant Santorini' night-life