https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike

The Greek course's description

"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."

Please don't tell me that after finishing the modern Greek course on Duo (thus acquiring maybe a B1 level) will get me going in reading ANCIENT GREEK. I learned Ancient Greek for a year, I see it much as a very different language, and also one year was not enough even to understand the first pages of Areis Potter, let alone the original version of Odyssey.

August 31, 2016

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca

The wording is "prepare for a journey into Odyssey's pages . . . ." That wording does not rule out the need for additional preparation.

August 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

Well, sure, but learning any language will leave me better prepared for the next one I study. It's still misleading to suggest that the Greek course will prepare us for reading the Odyssey, just as it would be misleading to suggest that one of the English courses would prepare us to read Beowulf.

August 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HalJam
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August 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HistoryCulture

However, an OE course would :)

August 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/danik4557

Calling Modern Greek and Ancient Greek the same language is as outrageous as calling Latin and Portuguese the same language.

August 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike

Btw I had an Albanian classmate who once made a presentation about Albanian being the father or Ancient Greek and Latin languages.

August 31, 2016

[deactivated user]

    I was reading in Ancient Greek by the end of my 1st year--biblical texts, Plato, some drama. That is actually the main reason must people study Ancient Greek--to read original texts-- so most courses and methods are geared toward reading fluency. What kind of course were you taking?

    Anyhiw, you get this kind of over-the-top sales pitch with a lot of languages. Take it with a grain of salt.

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

    Just to be clear, you were studying Ancient Greek, right, rather than the modern Greek this course teaches?

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike

    I took a 2X90 minute/week class at the uni for two semesters, my teacher was great, but the only thing I remember is doing mostly grammar and having nightmares from the f***ing exceptions and accent marks. The only part I enjoyed were some short readings and some translations ("I have a bigger stick than the shepard's" is still my favorite sentence). We learned Ion-Attic Greek.

    I started learning it because I overly enjoyed Donna Tartt's The Secret History. In a way the whole novel changed my life because it motivated me to get into a uni and search for a Greek course.

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/vytah

    After learning Ancient Greek, how well do you understand Modern Greek?

    September 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike

    nothing, just some words like "anthtropos" and "kai". It's funny that I still can read Greek letters but I don't understand anything from the given text.

    September 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/londoncallling

    I studied Ancient Greek at school from age 10-18 and then studied it for 4 years at university. It didn't take me long to be able to read Modern Greek once I learned what the main differences are and brushed up on more modern vocab. A lot of the basic vocabulary is recognisable, and the grammar is significantly more simple but again, quite a bit of it is recognisable, especially when you realise that the changes often follow a regular pattern.

    I can't understand when people speak Greek though because the pronunciation of Modern Greek is totally different from what we learned (which wasn't even really pronunciation, we just transposed Greek letters to English equivalents and then said words as if they were in English).

    September 2, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

    Since this post is about the Greek course, could you move it to the Greek forum? More of the people who are interested in the Greek course will see it there, and it will help keep this forum un-cluttered.

    Don't delete it and create a new one, just click edit, and change the topic from Duolingo to Greek. Here's a guide on how to move a post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16609773.

    Thanks :)

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

    Next you're going to tell all those English learners out there that Duolingo won't help them read Beowulf. ;)

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/HalJam
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    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/HistoryCulture

    Any OE course would, and that's what I hope Duolingo shall bring xD

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike

    I had a cr*ppy day but then I saw this comment and laughed out loud. Thanks man. What's funny is that I wanted to study Old English at my uni but there wasn't any seminar back then.

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/HistoryCulture

    Aye, I agree, however, it does put you on the path if you ever wish to. However, I agree that they should have thought it through a bit more in terms of the Odyssey faux pas

    August 31, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Azais

    Your post made me laugh. I think the same about the description, they really are overselling it. To be fair as pointed before though, they did not say you could read Plato after this, the verb "prepare for a journey" is accurately vague. I was so bad after 4 years of Ancient Greek, I'm learning Modern now to make this right.

    September 3, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike

    Have you ever read The Secret History from Donna Tartt? It's a crime story about a small university group learning Ancient Greek. I really recommend it. That book made me learn Greek.

    September 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Azais

    No, I haven't. Sounds interesting :)

    September 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/amyotnes

    That's why I want to learn greek! :)

    July 4, 2017
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