I was fascinated by the Greek Language since I was approximately 17 years old. However at school the Old-Greek courses and history didn't get my attention, I got familiar to the Greek alphabet and a little grammar anyway.
In the same period, I got connected with a Greek pen-friend from Athens who sent me some music from Greece, and we learned each other some basic word expressions from our countries. Next to Greek, I listened a lot of Italian music as well. The Italian language was a little bit understandable and the sounds were familiar with the Dutch pronunciation.
However, Greek was a totally different language without any clues to understand. On top of that, I was not able to hear separate words (spaces) for instance!
Learning Modern Greek became something 'exotic'
for me because of the difficulty. The years after, during my study of Architecture at the technical university of Delft, I fell in love with a half-Greek girl. Since than I focused more and more on Modern Greek music, language and culture because of her roots.
Slowly, I knew more single words but speaking Greek was still far away. I already was looking for Greek courses, but because of limited time during my study, I decided to wait.
When I started working, I contacted Petra to follow a Greek course at her private school in the Netherlands, to boost my Greek speaking-skills. Since then I quickly learned Greek better and better. Petra learned me how to construct simple sentences with two verbs (for instance: I WANT to DRINK...), and she explained the Greek Grammar in a fun and very structural way. Following her learning method en lessons stimulated me to keep learning!
I mentioned that the Greek Language is so structured and is so logic, that I should be able to program the grammar! I started to build a script that constructed random sentences automatically.
After my first attempts, Petra and I became so enthusiastic and fanatic that we launched the website: www.grieksonline.nl five months later; a website for Dutch people to learn, practice the Greek Language. The most content is connected to sound-files, so people can hear the correct Greek pronounciation. The website is also usefull during Petra's lessons.
I am still very proud of the result, that gave my programming skills a boost as well...
Later, we made this international Greek E-book.com based on Petra's succesfull course Dàt is Grieks voor mij!