I took Greek lessons with Marialena for 3 years after I had learned the basics by myself. Her lessons helped me to become fluent in spoken Greek, to get deeper into grammar and to get more secure in writing as well. Though she works very accurate with you, the lessons were always fun and I really appreciated that she found always texts in addition to our book which fitted my personal interests. With this and the different learning methods she is using, I made quick progress and got a lot of compliments from Greeks. I now live in Crete and thanks to the Greek lessons with Marialena I have no problems to take part in the daily life and conversations - I honestly recommend Marialena to anyone who wants or needs to get a profound knowledge in the Greek language. Thank you very much Marialena!
Marialena Terzakis is quite simply a born teacher. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her subject, but she has the rare ability of being able to communicate that knowledge and passion to her students. Her lessons are meticulously planned and always interesting and relevant. The homework she sets is marked in great detail and, although nothing escapes her notice, her feedback is always positive, praising the good work and not condemning the mistakes. Even though I am in my 60s and not a natural student of languages, her patience is endless and, with her encouragement, I have accomplished so much more than I ever expected to, or believed to be possible. Above all, Marialena is a delightful person to know and I look forward immensely to my lessons with her.
I have been studying with Marialena for six years and I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning Greek, from absolute beginners to advanced students. She is an excellent teacher; rigourous, supremely patient, well-prepared, concise and also lovely company! Her knowledge of the language and linguistics in general are second to none yet at no point does she condescend to her students or belittle what is often a difficult process of learning a new language. In my experience of 8 years as an adult learner of languages, and a host of different teachers, she is absolutely the best.
I’m an engineer living in Canada whose initial reason for learning Greek was purely as a mental exercise. Greek is quite a difficult language, and so this choice was quite a challenge for me. After two years following various courses on the web, and these were excellent by the way, I nevertheless decided I needed some sort of a learning framework. So I looked for someone who could offer one-on-one tuition and I found Marialena. I must say she has provided this framework in the best possible way. Since then my interest in Greek has expanded to include its history, its politics and its broader culture. Marialena has been able to support me in all of these aspects; she is flexible, very knowledgeable and extremely patient. She spots weaknesses before even I am aware of them and applies the appropriate corrections and my tuition with Marialena continues to be a highly enriching experience. My goal is to be able to read modern Greek literature by 2020 and I am confident Marialena can help me reach it.
Marialena is an excellent teacher. Since taking online lessons with Marialena, my Greek has improved tremendously. I was able to speak very basic Greek before I started my lessons with her. Now I have a much greater fluency and understanding of the grammar. My vocabulary has improved dramatically and my conversational Greek is great. I am so happy that I found her (through a recommendation from a friend). Marialena has a very professional but fun way of teaching. She is very committed to ensuring that you understand everything before she moves into the next level. In short, Marialena is the best teacher I have had. I have always and will continue to sing her praises for her patience in helping me improve and advance in the Greek language.