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It's all Greek to me!

When most of us consider the Greek alphabet it takes us back to schooldays where strange symbols used to crop up in Mathematics and Science lessons! Personally, I can remember coming face to face with 'Pi' on more than one occasion. Here we will take a look at the Greek alphabet, the sounds of the letters and then move on to reading and understanding a typical taverna menu. Hopefully, after this brief introduction you will be able to read, write and speak your first few words of the Greek language.

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Moving Your Pet to Greece

dog Moving Your Pet to Greece - For those of you who own pets, you will understand that a pet can become more than just an animal, and instead is considered as part of the family. Moving abroad and leaving your beloved pets at home can is a very unpleasant part of the moving process, but is sometimes the most convenient decision. However, if you decide to bring your pets with you to Greece, then to avoid any complications, you must ensure that you have all the correct documentation.

Depending on how you wish to travel to your destination, Moving Your Pet to Greece must meet the requirements of the airline, ferry company or any other kind of transport and ask about their policy on travelling with pets. These instructions on what is needed for you to be able to travel within

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A Summer Holiday in Greece

kefaloniaSummer is fast approaching, so it is time to plan your summer holiday for the year, or maybe just one of them! Greece and the Greek Islands offer a wide variety of holiday fun and amusement for just about everyone. Whether it's something quiet and peaceful you're looking for or lively and buzzing, then Greece is the place for you.

A City Break
Athens offers a lot of great places of interest and makes the perfect city break. Athens is home to some great shopping malls and high street stores, as well as traditional and modern sites to visit. As the capital city of mainland Greece, Athens has it all: shops, tradition, history, museums, nightlife, restaurants and luxury. However, Athens is not the best place to go if you are looking for a break and time to escape it all!

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About Greece

about greeceGreece is located in south east Europe with a population of approximately 11 million. It has land borders with Macedonia to the north, Albania to the northwest, and Bulgaria and Turkey to the northeast. Greece and the Greek islands are surrounded by the Aegean Sea in the west, the Mediterranean in the south and the Ionian in the west. The main language is Greek, and the majority of the Greek people are followers of the Christian Orthodox Church of Greece.

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CTP: Course Review

Quest Greek Islands has recently taken part in a CTP Translation Course, in which they could review the course for the benefit of our readers. As you already may know, Quest Greek Islands runs a scheme in which one of the Quest Greek Islands staff will take part in the course and review it for our readers. These courses are specially picked to make sure that they are suitable and beneficial to our readers who live abroad. We have recently taken both a TEFL course by Global English and now a CTP Translation certification course. Translating and English teaching are popular career choices for those who live in foreign countries and through our course reviews; we hope that you will be able to find a suitable course for you.

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Mount Olympus

tackling mount olympusThere are many mountains carrying the name Mount Olympus all over the world including one in ancient Phrygia, Cyprus, Utah, Washington DC, San Francisco and even one on Mars! However, Mount Olympus located in the northern part of Greece is the highest mountain in Greece reaching a massive 2,919 m in height and one of the biggest in Europe. It is located on the mainland of Greece in the province of Macedonia, about 100 km away from Greece’s second largest city Thessaloniki. Since the base of the mountain is located at sea level, it is one of the highest mountains in the whole of Europe in terms of the relative altitude from the base to the top. Around 10% of its total area of 98,800 acres is protected as national parkland. 

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Crash Course Language Learning

What is the easiest and quickest way to learn a new language? As a language teacher and learner myself, I believe that being able to speak a language is far more important than being literate in the language - at least in the beginning.

Language learning is fun and easy if you learn the language the right way. Most language learning students are not so keen on sitting with a book, reading and writing continuously, whilst having little or no active practice in speaking the language. Breaking the ice and starting to learn a new language, such as Bulgarian is much easier if you can have a crash course which will put you on the right path to learning Bulgarian.

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Athens, Ancient and Theatrical

Acropolis Hill, Athens

Athens is the capital and the largest city in Greece and is one of the worldís oldest cities with a history spanning thousands of years. It has a reputation for being a key centre for the arts, learning and ancient philosophy. Whilst it is home to 745,514 people it also attracts a vast tourist population particularly from those who have an interest in ancient history. It is home to 148 theatrical stages, more than any other city in the world, as well as the famous ancient Herodes Atticus Theatre. The cityís cultural accomplishments laid the foundations of Western civilisations.

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Things to Consider When Returning Home

After you have relocated abroad, you will soon realise that there are many points and events along the way that you had probably never have thought about. There are so many things that you would never know about until you actually move abroad and realise them for yourself. If you find yourself in a position where you are moving back home after living in Greece, you may find that it isn't as easy as you originally thought, especially if you don't have a fixed address to go back to and have connections in Greece still.
So, here is what they don't tell you about living abroad and going back home. The big question that many ask themselves is ‘would they have moved if they had been told this before hand?'

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