UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Monastry of Alaverdi, Georgia


Georgian Level 1 Beginners

Course description: Level 1 is for people with no previous knowledge of the language or minimal knowledge such as some greetings, the alphabet. The course runs over 3 terms. The course will cover the following:

Topics: the alphabet and pronunciation: consonants, consonant clusters; social interaction:  welcome and farewell; information exchange: family, relationships, nationalities and professions; describing: house/flat, people; at the market, shopping, at the travel agent, at the restaurant, expressing feelings, introducing some aspects of Georgian culture

Functions: greetings: formal and informal, introducing yourself and others, talking about yourself, nationality, age, etc. Describing your flat/house, family; telling time; buying food, wine, etc., travelling in the city, asking for directions and identifying places, expressing likes and dislikes, ordering food in a restaurant, booking a hotel, planning a trip.

Grammar: noun types, nominative, ergative, dative, genitive and vocative cases, cases with postpositions, plural forms; personal, possessive and demonstrative pronouns; adjectives, the comparison of adjectives; interrogative and negative sentences; numbers: cardinal and ordinal; present, imperfect and future  tenses of the verbs ‘to be’, ‘to have’, ‘to want’, ‘to work’, ‘to live’, ‘to pay’, ‘to buy’, ‘to like’ and ‘to dislike’, motion verbs ‘to go’, ‘to come’; word order, question words, declension of possessive pronouns, adjective and the noun together.

 Learning Resources

Lecturer’s handouts

Authentic audio material recorded by the lecturer