Welcome to Alexander - A Shoeshine Boy in Athens: Greek English Parallel Text!
This is a fictional story written by a little-known Greek-American author called Julia D. Dragoumis, first published in 1917.
The story centers on a twelve-year-old boy called Alexandros, or Alekos for short, who works as a newspaper seller and shoe shiner in the streets of Athens every day and goes to school in the evenings.
Aleko makes friends with a kind, blind old schoolteacher and a neighbor’s dog, Solon.
When poor little Solon is snatched up by the boya, the mean dogcatcher, will Aleko find a way to save him?
This fascinating story transports you back in time to early 20th century Greece, giving you a real sense of what life was like then for children.
Designed for the intermediate-level Greek language student as well as the lover of Greece and of fiction, this convenient dual-language book is the perfect way to improve your Greek vocabulary and understanding of the language.
This parallel-text book is timesaving, extremely helpful and students of English whose first language is Greek can also use this book to improve their English. For this reason, a Greek introduction has also been included in the book.
The Greek and English text follow each other sentence by sentence all through the book, saving the reader the trouble of having to look up an unknown word in the dictionary. As a result, the reading experience becomes all the more enjoyable.
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Benefits of Bilingual Books
- They are convenient. You can pick up this book and read it any time, at any location, and on your own schedule.
- Your vocabulary and language skills will improve, making you a better reader and writer, speaker, and listener.
- You can learn a lot from reading a book in your target language. Our new parallel text series are all non-fiction and will feature interesting and real topics so that you may benefit not only from the book’s language, but also from its message.
- People have been using parallel text books to learn new languages for years as they are an invaluable educational tool.