Question about Greek
This may seem like a silly question, but what type of Greek is offered by Duolingo? I would assume it's modern Greek, but the description is somewhat confusing:
"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."
While "stroll the streets of Athens" sounds like it would be referring to Modern Greek, "prepare for a journey into Odyssey's pages as written in its original language," sounds like it would be referring to ancient Greek. Ancient Greek is also more widely taught in the English-speaking world than modern Greek.
Many if not most colleges and universities in the United States (even some small ones) offer either Classical or Biblical Greek. Any college with a classics department will probably offer classical Greek while any seminary would offer Biblical Greek. On the other hand, finding Modern Greek courses or study material is difficult.
Ah, just higer education then. I'd think that amateur learners of Modern Greek )and schoolchildren) far outstrip that. Modern Greek is widely taught in Australia from K-12, and DuoLingo alone has 153,000 people active on its Greek course.
As for the difficulty of finding study materials, the written corpus of Modern Greek far exceeds that of Classical or Koine, and I don't think anyone's making TV, radio or movies in Classical!
If you're having trouble finding specific learner's material, there are hundreds of course books available on Amazon alone. Michel Thomas has a course, as do Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, the BBC, the University of Athens, Teach Yourself, and Colloquial.
There's also GreekPod 101, Italki, Verbling, the Hellenic American podcasts, Kypros, and more. Kypros has 130,000 users.
Since this post is about Greek, could you move it to the Greek forum? More of the people who are interested in Greek will see it there, and it will help keep this forum easy to navigate for those who aren't currently studying Greek.
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.
:) I know it seems a little soulless, but I don't see the benefit of typing the same message again and again.
...and I'd rather that inexperienced forum users got a chance to move their posts to the right place, rather than just watching them get downvoted into oblivion.
It's sort of like how Spanish has several words for "the" depending on number, gender and if it's an adjective, except in Greek it depends on case, number and gender. Greek has three cases for articles, two numbers for articles and three genders for articles., which makes for 18 declensions of "the" (some are the same). Read up the wikipedia page for Modern Greek Nouns for more info on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Greek_grammar#Articles