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Greek Language Learning

On Line Learning
The Filoglossia+ consists of an educational multimedia CD-ROMs series for learning Greek as a foreign language, supported by English and addressed to beginners with little or no previous knowledge of Greek.
“Filoglossia” means fondness for language learning and the programme is mainly based on the communicative approach, focusing on the production and comprehension of both oral and written speech. “Filoglossia” is designed by the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP).

Looking Ahead
A new strategic plan for the support of Greek language learning in Greece and abroad was the focus of debates at an International Workshop on Greek Language and Linguistic Training, organized by the Centre for the Greek Language held from June 28 to 30 in Thessaloniki, with the participation of 60 Greek and Foreign linguists.
On the occasion, Education, Life-long Learning and Religious Affairs minister Anna Diamantopoulou said that the establishment of a National Council for the Greek Language would help draw a comprehensive strategy.
Creating an organization, similar to the German Goethe Institute or the British Council, which would operate with branches around the world could be an important vehicle to promote Greek language, culture, and history learning. The minister also announced that a conference is to be held in October focusing on the Education of the Diaspora.

• Learn a Greek Word Every Day!

It has been observed that relations of the Diaspora with the Greek language have been weakening over the years – especially with second and third generation migrants.
To help redress this, three friends from Chicago have designed an on-line Greek dictionary aiming to help English-speaking emigrants keep in touch with the language of the forefathers.
Greektionary.com was created to provide everyone with an opportunity to improve their Greek vocabulary on a daily basis.
Three words (beginner, intermediate and advanced) are chosen each day and displayed with their translations, pronunciation, examples, and recorded audio files (Mp3s). Those interested can sign-up and receive free Greek words everyday by e-mail!
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)
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International Conference “Literature and Immigration” in Warsaw (25/3/2010)

An international conference “Literature and Immigration” took place in Warsaw on the 25th March, under the auspices of the European Commission and EUNIC (EU National Institutes of Culture).
The conference was organized by Goethe Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, Danish Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Swedish Embassy and the Press Office of the Greek Embassy, all of them members of EUNIC, as well as by the Representation in Poland of the European Commission and the Centre of Modern Art Zamek Ujazdowski, where the conference took place.
Scholars involved in academic research related with the topics of literature and immigration were invited to share their views with writers that have chosen to write in a foreign language.
  

The writer Kallifatides

 Greece was represented by the Albanian writer and journalist, Gazmend Kapllani, who lives and works in Greece and the writer Theodor Kallifatides, who has lived the last 45 years in Sweden, publishing more than 40 books.
Both writers were invited by the Press Office, with the support of the Greek Book Centre

Kapllani spoke about “The strange language of dreams”: ”I think that writing in a language that is not your mother tongue is a privilege and a trap at the same time. It’s a trap because every time that you are not satisfied with what you are writing, you’re tempted to blame your failure on the “foreign” language. In a way, it becomes your scapegoat. 

The writer and journalist Kapllani

On the other hand, it’s a privilege, because the relationship between yourself and that language is a relationship of a never ending curiosity. You never take it for granted. This happens for the sole reason that it was never given to you, you had to “conquer” it. You are in a constant search for yourself and this language. The foreign language will never fully be yours in the same way your mother tongue is. I believe that the relationship one has with one’s mother tongue always contains an element of routine and heaviness. The relationship with the “foreign” language never becomes routine. It gives you a sense of lightness and freedom, a desire to play and conquer. The relationship with your mother tongue seems similar to the maternal affection. The relationship with a foreign language that you acquired resembles a love affair. At least, this is what I can say about my relationship with the Greek language. I feel that I am no longer a stranger to the Greek language. But I am not a native either. Therefore, I do not live inside the Greek language either as a stranger, or as a native. Maybe I live within it as a strange one”. 
Kallifatides, who has published novels, poetry collections, travel essays and plays, has received numerous awards for his works which usually revolve around his experience of Greece and of being Greek in foreign domains and almost all his works have been translated and published in more than twenty languages.
During the conference, he stressed that for him the Greek language is the language of connotations and feelings, and the Swedish language is an intellectual language. He mentioned the problems of writing in your own language and the privileges of writing in a foreign language. He considers himself an immigrant and a writer and not an immigrant writer.

“Literature and Immigation” Conference in Warsaw (25/3/2010)

Ημερίδα  «Λογοτεχνία και Mετανάστευση»
Πέμπτη, 25 Μαρτίου
12:00 – 14:00
&
15:15 – 19:00
Κέντρο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης Zamek Ujazdowski (οδόςJazdow 2, Βαρσοβία)

Μια από τις πιο συναρπαστικές δοκιμασίες για τους συγγραφείς είναι χωρίς αμφιβολία η εγκατάλειψη της μητρικής τους γλώσσα και η απόφαση δημιουργίας σε μια ξένη γλώσσα.
Η διεθνής ημερίδα «Λογοτεχνία και Μετανάστευση», υπό την αιγίδα του  EUNIC Cluster Βαρσοβίας και της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, θα εξετάσει το φαινόμενο «Λογοτεχνία και Μετανάστευση» στην Ευρώπη του 20ου αιώνα, σε μια προσπάθεια αναζήτησης της ταυτότητας της σύγχρονης Ευρώπης.
Η ημερίδα αυτή αποτελεί μια ευκαιρία να συναντηθούν επιστήμονες που μελετούν το φαινόμενο της μεταναστευτικής λογοτεχνίας και συγγραφείς που αντιμετώπισαν την πρόκληση να γράψουν στην γλώσσα της θετής πατρίδας τους.
Θα εξηγήσουν τις αιτίες και τις συνέπειες των αποφάσεων τους, θα διαβάσουν  αποσπάσματα των έργων τους στο πρωτότυπο και θα απαντήσουν σε ερωτήσεις των συμμετεχόντων στην ημερίδα.
Έχουν προσκληθεί επιφανείς επιστήμονες (συζήτηση στις 12.00): Gazmend Kapllani (Ελλάδα), AndreasSchumann (Γερμανία), MirinaRuncan (Ρουμανία), SandraVlasta (Αυστρία), StenPultzMoslund (Δανία).
Γνωστοί συγγραφείς έχουν, επίσης, προσκληθεί ( συζήτηση στις 15.15): Artur Becker(Γερμανία), Θοδωρής Καλλιφατίδης (Ελλάδα-Σουηδία), Lam Quang My (Πολωνία), Julya Rabinowich (Αυστρία), Matei Visniec (Ρουμανία).
Την συζήτηση θα συντονίσει ο Jan Fellerer, καθηγητής του Πανεπιστήμιου της Οξφόρδης.
Διοργανωτές:  Αυστριακό Μορφωτικό Ινστιτούτο, Κέντρο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης Zamek Ujazdowski, Μορφωτικό Ινστιτούτο Δανίας, Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή – Αντιπροσωπεία στην Πολωνία, Ινστιτούτο Goethe, Ρουμανικό Πολιτιστικό Ινστιτούτο, Πρεσβεία της Ελλάδας – Γραφείο Τύπου και Επικοινωνίας, και Πρεσβεία της Σουηδίας.    

Konferencja „Literatura i imigracja”
czwartek, 25 marca, godz. 12:00–19:00
CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, ul. Jazdów 2, Warszawa

Jednym z najbardziej skrajnych doświadczeń dla pisarza jest bez wątpienia porzucenie języka ojczystego i podjęcie decyzji o tworzeniu w języku obcym. Międzynarodowa konferencja „Literatura i imigracja”, zorganizowana przez EUNIC Cluster Warszawa i Komisję Europejską – Przedstawicielstwo w Polsce*, pragnie przyjrzeć się zjawisku literatury emigracyjnej w Europie XXI w. i zbadać je z akademickiej i osobistej perspektywy. Chcemy spróbować znaleźć klucz do tożsamości współczesnej Europy.
Konferencja będzie niepowtarzalną okazją do spotkania naukowców badających zjawisko pisarstwa emigracyjnego oraz samych pisarzy, którzy podjęli wyzwanie tworzenia w języku swojej przybranej ojczyzny. Będą oni tłumaczyć powody i wyjaśniać konsekwencje swoich decyzji, a na zakończenie przeczytają fragmenty swoich utworów w oryginale oraz odpowiedzą na pytania uczestników.
Zaprosiliśmy wybitnych naukowców (dyskusja panelowa o godz. 12:00): dr Gazmend Kapllani (Grecja), prof. dr Andreas Schumann (Niemcy), dr Miruna Runcan (Rumunia), dr Sandra Vlasta (Austria), dr Sten Pultz Moslund (Dania).
Naszymi gośćmi będą też znakomici pisarze (dyskusja panelowa o godz. 15:00): Artur Becker (Niemcy), Theodor Kallifatides (Szwecja), dr Lam Quang My (Polska), Julya Rabinowich (Austria), Matei Vişniec (Rumunia). Spotkanie poprowadzi dr Jan Fellerer, profesor Uniwersytetu Oksfordzkiego, ekspert w dziedzinie wielokulturowości i wielojęzyczności w Europie.
Partnerzy: Agencja Dramatu i Teatru ADiT, Instytut Książki, Stowarzyszenie Wspólnota Kulturowa “Borussia”, Wydawnictwo Czarne, Wydawnictwo W.A.B.
* Organizatorzy: Austriackie Forum Kultury w Warszawie, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Duński Instytut Kultury, Komisja Europejska – Przedstawicielstwo w Polsce, Goethe-Institut Warschau, Rumuński Instytut Kultury w Warszawie, Ambasada Grecji – Biuro Prasowe i Ambasada Szwecji