I accept that and I work extremely hard to learn the language. I don't want a list of phrases for conversation but I do question the need for me to learn complex grammatical vocabulary before I have learnt to say some basic words. Or the need for me to know the word for bullhorn before I get the word for hello. It is also important to keep people motivated. You are asking for feedback and I am with genuine interest in this app giving a view
These words mean nothing to many people. Since never met before a part of a speech in Greek except for the basic, noun, verb, etc so far. What is a conjunction, for instance, which one? Specially for the mobile version users, that do not use the web version with the tips. Most trees do not have it. I think this part should be shared when someone is learning each part of the speech. Otherwise change it to include some examples for each one of these part of speech in questions. Is it too late?
See my response below about the meanings of these words. It's actually a very good vocab-building exercise, esp. since etymology is such a big part of the Gk language. I see that you are studying German, too, so you can appreciate that word-building is an important part of the German langauge, and that is the case with Gk as well.
There is so much that is wonderful about Duolingo but I must agree with Mair221. At the current early stage of my efforts to learn Greek this chapter in the parts of speech is nearly a total waste of my limited mental capacity. No problem, I thought initially, because I can just skip over most of the levels. However, it seems that unfortunately the practice sentences are stuck on just this subject. The system has forced me to learn this vocabulary if I want to use the practice feature. It seems that's an additional aspect that should be taken into account when considering how big an issue this is. Thanks.
I dont see the need to learn words which i will never use in common language. This should be much later in the course if it is necessary at all. I don't understand what most of these words are in English!!
The Greek συ,συμ,συν are often equivalent to the English co,com,con and there are many examples: concert->συναυλία, connected-> συνδεδεμένος, companion->σύντροφος, etc. However, in this case, "conjunction" means "σύνδεσμος" as in "connection" (another "co" word) whereas "synthesis" means "combine" -> συνδυάζω e.g. make two things one. Hope that helps.
Also see this:https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/17621986
If you are on the web you can go to the Tipsnotes where we have all the parts of speech with translations. Sorry no, synonyms but they aren't really needed for the parts of speech.
Here they are just in case you can't access them.
These are the parts of speech in Greek: λεξη = word
άρθρο = article
επίθετο = adjective
λογός = speech
μέρος = part
ρήμα = verb
μετοχή = participle
πρόθεση = preposition
σύνδεσμος = conjunction
επίρρημα = adverb
αντωνυμία = pronoun
επιφώνημα = interjection
The meanings of both of these words make sense: σύνδεσμος, "binding" "join together," since conjunctions bind or join (the noun can refer to joints or ligaments, too); and επιφώνημα, "utterance," since interjections are exclamatory responses (the verb ἐπιφωνέω means to utter something in response in ancient Gk). In modern Gk this noun can also mean exclamation accord. to Mandeson's dictionary.
These things remind me of my Primary School Portuguese classes. σύνδεσμος reminds me of "síndeto(n)", which is when the sentence(s) has/ have an expressed conjunction, a link, and "assíndeto(n)", which is when there are no conjunctions. Orações sindéticas e assindéticas (with and without conjunction). Polissíndeto: when there is a repetition (πολύ = many) of the same conjunction, e.g., "He worked AND had a shower AND watched TV AND went to sleep."
αντω is not a prefix in Greek. As a rule, remember that when a word in English is formed by a prefix + root, it does not mean that the Greek word is formed in the same way and vice versa, therefore you can't necessarily match those parts between the two languages.
Greek has the preposition αντί, which can be used as a prefix. For example: αντωνυμία = αντί (anti) + όνυμα (an old variation of όνομα/name), i.e. word used instead of the name.
Ancient Greek used to have a dative case, but Modern Greek no longer has one.
(Except in a handful of fixed expressions borrowed from Ancient Greek, e.g. Δόξα τω Θεώ! "Praise [be] to God!" or συν γυναιξί και τέκνοις "with women and children".)
In general, the dative case was replaced by σε + accusative case for nouns and by the genitive case for pronouns.
Most of these grammatical terms probably stems from latin in English, maybe they are more self-explaining in Greek.. Would be interesting cause I do not have any feeling or understanding or connections in my brain when I hear a word like "interjection" That said: It would be nice if some voluntairs could teach Latin the Duo way! (learning by D(u)o -ing, not by analyzing...:)
It's a good point about Latin terminology. Latin grammatical terms from the middle ages often don't help and can obscure how a language functions. People who study Semitic languages have complained about it since always. Latin terminology can be OK for Romance languages derived from Latin.
"Interjection and exclamation both express strong feelings and emotions like anger, shock, surprise and joy. The main difference between interjection and exclamation is that interjections can be written with exclamation marks, commas or question marks whereas exclamations are only written with exclamation marks"