I think it's just a "Duo sentence" designed to use the letters we're learning by making remember the oddness of the phrase. I may be wrong but that's why most of the more avant garde of the Duo sentences exist. :-)
HOW TO ADD THE GREEK ALPHABET TO YOUR KEYBOARD Here are some links to easily convert your keyboard to enable you to use both Latin and Greek characters as you need. We have found these easy to install and simple to use. For Windows
Be sure to read the Tips & Notes (top left of page) where you will find information including:
HOW TO USE LATIN CHARACTERS FOR THE GREEK
Use the HOVER DROP DOWN HINTS (gray dots under each word.
So, you don't have to switch between languages you can install: DUOKEYBOARD SWITCHING FOR GOOGLEhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duokeyboard/dekooljcgfaiokofbciaflklkfniimfa
!! Here are the Greek Forums: https://www.duolingo.com/topic/936
And of course, ask us if you have any other questions. Best of luck.
The Scarlet Letter is my choice for a bad letter!
Other languages often use the equivalent to "bad" to mean "wrong". It does need to be corrected for accuracy and quality of learning.
Fun fact: in Afrikaans ( dutch like language) you say something is 'kak' which also means very bad.
Ich denke that means the word bad was invented during the time of the prot indo-european language.
Yes, you're right. You might be interested in this http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0=kaka
"Right" means "σωστό" and "wrong" means "λάθος" while "bad" means "κακό" and "good" means "καλό" :)
Do you remember the word cacophony? And the word telegram? Here are the roots in greek of two western words prefixes and sufixes
The letter X can be a pretty bad letter, especially in triples, if you catch my meaning ;)
For the last word, letter, what is the pronunciation? I've figured out that the last part, 'áμμa', sounds like 'amma' (since μ sounds like 'm'), but how is 'Yp' pronounced?
Yes, as you have observed the "γ" γαμα" and the "ρ" ρο"* sounds are two of the more unusual sounds for non Greeks.
"Γγ" is a bit like 'g' in 'grow/group' (not hard like 'go/get') and the "Ρρ" is actually the Greek 'Rr' and it sounds like a rather soft 'r' as in 'rather'.
To hear these pronounced by native speaker try this site: here Be sure it's Greek and not Ancient Greek.
These links will not only show you how to get the Greek keyboard but also how to find the Greek letters on it.
It will also help you learn the alphabet and where to find other useful links.
And here is another to help you navigate Duolingo
FAQ - General Questions, Bugs & Reports https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23799672
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Read the drop down hints. Pass your cursor over a word and a list of words will appear.
If there's anyone here who listens to Behemoth and/or practices Occult, you've probably heard the incantation "Από παντός κακόδαίμονος" (read: "Apo pantos kakodaimonos"). In application, this means: "Away all evil dæmons", but I've seen so many variations of its translation, that I'd be pleased to have a Greek person expand on this grammatically. BTW, it's cool to notice that the word grammar comes from "γράμμα" ("gramma", letter)!
That's the first time I've heard of that :P The Duo discussions are impressive sometimes!
Hey does anyone mind explaining if there are any significant differences between Ancient Greek and modern Greek? I studied Ancient Greek up to GSCE level and I was wondering how different it is. Obviously, the vocabulary is going to be slightly different as most of the sentences on this course aren't going to be Homer, I assume, but it would be interesting to find out the differences. Is it similar to reading Old English or German texts, compared to modern ones?
I'm not a professional, but from what I know one of the most significant difference is pronunciation. Back in the ancient time there wasn't so much merging: omega and omicron are two distinct sounds; ι, ει, η, υ, υι, οι are different sounds; ϕ, θ, δ, and χ are pronounced /pʰ/, /tʰ/, /d/ and /kʰ/ instead of /f/, /θ/, /ð/ and /x/ like at present, and Ancient Greek was a pitch-accent language. However, I guess you've already known this because it's all over the internet. The spelling itself isn't different much imo.