I’m Laura K. Lawless, creator, writer, editor, and CLO (Chief Lawless Officer) of this free online Greek learning site.
I’ve always been intrigued by the Greek alphabet, though I didn’t make a concerted effort to learn it until 2012, before my first visit to Greece. My husband and I decided to take a private class for 4 days at the beginning of our three-week trip, so before that we were determined to learn the alphabet and a few essential phrases. Our 12 hours of classes taught us enough to be able to carry on very short conversations, and made our exploration of Greece much richer than it would have been otherwise. While it’s easy to get around in English, we always started out with our bit of Greek, and everyone we met was delighted with our efforts. One day, we were practicing with each other on the subway, and a group of nearby people all jumped in with suggestions and corrections. It was just wonderful.
After that trip, which was truly one of the best I’ve ever taken (you can read a bit about it on my personal blog), I knew I wanted to spend more time in Greece and learning Greek, but both of those desires had to be tucked away for a few years. Fast forward a few years. In 2018,I spent 2 months in Athens, taking private classes and going far outside of my comfort zone in order to chat with locals as much as possible. June 2019 I’m back again for 6 weeks, continuing to learn with my wonderful Greek tutor and spending time in cafés absorbing this beautiful, fascinating language.
Unlike my other sites, Lawless Greek will be quite limited. No sound files, no comprehension exercises, just notes from what I’ve learned and lessons I’m able to piece together. I figure as long as I’m collecting this information, I might as well share it – for whatever it’s worth to other Greek learners. Enjoy!