An update from the Greek Team :
I just saw the new update from the Greek Team and I wanted to share it with you guys ! :D
The Greek for English speakers team is aware about the slow progress of the course and we're searching for new contributors. The amount of requests is huge and we're trying to pick at least a couple of new members to help proceed with the course. Time constraints of existing and previous members forces us to move slow so, your patience and collaboration is more than appreciated.
Nevertheless, few days ago we have been contacted from the Duolingo community team in order to create the course page for Greek. The man-made monument created from the Duolingo team is of course the Parthenon and we agreed on the following blurb that I hope you like:
"Greek is one of the most ancient languages in the world. Spoken by around 13 million people, it is a language that holds an important place in history. A great number of world-famous works in mythology, philosophy, literature, psychology, mathematics and other sciences were created in Greek. Sign up to learn this historical language on Duolingo today! Whether you do it so you can stroll the streets of Athens, order your food on a Greek island or prepare for a journey into Odyssey’s pages as written in its original language, this is a language that will definitely enrich your life."
As soon as the course page is ready we'll let you know!
this is awesome! i can't wait to see the page :'D i'm so glad that they released this update.
Someone mentioned this in the WIU thread, but I'm quite surprised that this seems to be referring to ancient Greek on all accounts. Modern Greek is certainly not an ancient language, nor did the modern Greeks build the Parthenon, nor is the Odyssey written in the Greek language spoken today.
I truly hope that they do continue to build a modern Greek course—there are abundant resources for learning ancient Greek (primarily in the context of hermeneutics) but resources for modern Greek are few and far between.
I believe it is still a Modern Greek course, based off of this line:
"Whether you do it so you can stroll the streets of Athens, order your food on a Greek island..."
Though I do agree the blurb is quite confusing.
Greek is one of the most ancient languages in the world
Maybe insert the word ‘written’ in that sentence? It is certainly one of the most ancient written languages in the world.
Best wishes for your future progress leading to course completion :)