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Why are you studying greek?

2/4/2017, 6:04:43 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/spdl79
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I'm a philhellene (actually, probably more accurately, a phillevantine) who is hoping to move to Crete in a few years. I want to be able to fully integrate into life there - to be able to talk to my neighbours, to read the newspapers, to understand popular culture, to be able to watch local TV and understand what's going on, to be able to deal with bureaucracy/paperwork on my own, to understand song lyrics, and so on. I'm putting at least 30 hours a week into learning and am hoping for C2 within three years - not quite sure if that's feasible or not, but I'm certainly doing my best.

2/4/2017, 10:42:20 PM

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Of course it's feasible! I guess you started learning Greek from scratch, using various learning platforms, even reading some books too. Now you're replying to comments from time to time, helping our new learners, providing them with enlightening info! This is a sign of great learning progress. You're on your way to Crete! ^.^

2/5/2017, 11:06:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/spdl79
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Thanks so much for the kind words Dimitra! Yes, I started learning/self-teaching about nine months ago completely from scratch - and that goes for English grammar too, as I couldn't have even told you what an adverb, article or pronoun was before then. Was initially just using Memrise, Duo, Clozemaster and children's books, but started taking formal lessons last week. The course coordinator at the Hellenic Centre thought C2 within three years was completely feasible with 30 hours a week, so here's hoping!

BTW thanks also for the links you provided to someone else recently RE Cretan Greek - I found that very useful.

2/5/2017, 5:59:21 PM

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Oh yes, I thought you'd find it useful, I remembered you saying you'd like to move to Crete, I thought of posting it on your stream for you to check it outxD I did find a page with some kind of a Cretan dictionary, should I post it to you? It might prove itself useful as well! ^.^

2/5/2017, 6:42:27 PM

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Yes, that would be awesome! Apart from a few silly words like χοχλιός, I'm focusing on standard Greek right now, but I'll start learning more Cretan once I'm a bit more proficient. There's a dearth of resources for Greek as it is, so tips on where to find Cretan materials would be most welcome!

2/5/2017, 7:05:58 PM

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It is feasible I think, but it will be close. Lucky for you, spoken and written Greek gets poorer every day, so sooner or later you will catch up :D Greek is all about fancy grammar, but when it comes to vocabulary the people and the media use like 1000 words and phrases recycled all the time. So don't worry, eventually you'll make it. Immigrants almost always manage to become conversational and this proves that the language is not so hard after all. My advice to you is to start reading Greek poetry, as it's rather good and can be very educational, in the sense that some poetic structures and nuances are often the mark of a good speaker of Greek. Also, is Greece considered to be part of the Levant?

4/9/2017, 8:21:28 AM

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Thanks for the tips Alex! Yes, I have now heard from quite a few Greeks that if you want to become fluent, you certainly will (although shockingly few of the European immigrants on Crete seem to want to do so - I've just got back from a week there and was told quite a few tales about English/Dutch/German/Swedish etc residents that have lived there for years and who have never bothered to learn a single word).

RE The Levant, I guess it's a bit old-fashioned and also a somewhat loaded term now, but 'Eastern Mediterraneanophile' doesn't quite have the same ring to it. :-) And yes, Greece was historically included in the Levant. From Wiki: "The Levant is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean. In its widest historical sense, the Levant included all of the eastern Mediterranean with its islands, that is, it included all of the countries along the Eastern Mediterranean shores, extending from Greece to Cyrenaica."

4/9/2017, 1:25:33 PM

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Both of my grandparents speak Greek. I would like to be able to speak with them in that language. Also, I love Greek music and would like to be able to understand the lyrics. Greek is a really beautiful language.

2/4/2017, 7:35:12 PM

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For future use and for school. why?

2/4/2017, 7:07:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/studio.ang

I would like to speak Greek a little while on summer holidays in Greece :)

2/5/2017, 10:55:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/TuijaFinnish

I did once some courses in Greek - after years I want now to get to know this language again and even much better! It is interesting. Nice. Beautiful. Different from the languages I can.

2/5/2017, 1:52:45 PM

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Boyfriend.... with a large Greek family and many Greek friends. It's not an easy language to grasp ll admit.

2/7/2017, 11:40:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Mizharane

I got to know the beauty of Greece because I had a greek boyfriend as well! now we broke up but I still want to learn this language

2/7/2017, 12:42:35 PM

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Similarly I got to know the beauty of Southern Germany thanks to a german BF. And 2 years later... I actually want to restart German ^^. After Greek, tho.

2/7/2017, 2:56:38 PM

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I started the tree because from math/science/statistics I knew what most of the letters looked like and was curious to convert that into at least being able to sound out words. I didn't have plans to do the whole tree.

Then I decided to do the Turkish tree. That done, I thought well wouldn't it be fitting to finish the Greek tree next: my tiny gesture of abstract goodwill and hope for the settling of long-running conflicts.

2/16/2017, 5:14:31 AM

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The real question is why would anyone not study greek ?

2/4/2017, 10:14:06 PM

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Your comment made the Greek inside me very proud! Thank you, sir/madam.

2/5/2017, 4:11:45 PM

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I love languages and to think of the mentality of speaking in this or that way... I wanted to study linguistic anthropology but ended up becoming a translator (English to Turkish and vice versa) and I think some languages profoundly impact others. Greek is one for sure (I hope to one day understand some Arabic, Persian and Hebrew as well).

More importantly, I live in Turkey. Greek is one of the native languages of this land. I wish it could be spoken by more people here, but most of the native Greeks are sadly "gone" (to say the least). I now live on an island of Konstantinoupoli / Istanbul, where my grandmother used to live as a child in the 1930s. The island was populated mostly by Greeks then, and she had learned some Greek from them. (She's 89 now, she tells me that young Greek girls would use Turkish children as messengers to their boyfriends in those days, they would get the kids memorising sentences to go tell it to the boys. So the first sentence I learned is one of those messages: "s'agapw polu polu, xwris esena dev borw na zisw.")

I started studying Greek with one of the native Greeks of this island when I moved here, but after a while our learning group broke apart. I hadn't made much progress in trying to study on my own. Now I'm almost at the end of the tree and I understand quite a lot of the songs and any dialogue around, it's so exciting!

2/5/2017, 6:39:42 PM

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Really loved your comment! I do hope that our people (and not only) will someday live united. The peoples have truly nothing to argue for, only to share this world...

2/6/2017, 9:18:55 PM

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That's awesome danende! I absolutely love the eastern Mediterranean and its peoples and I love hearing stories like this. The 20th century wasn't very kind to the region in many ways and I do think it's sad that there are very few Greeks left in Turkey (and, save Thrace, vice-versa), or Jews in Lebanon, or Greeks in Alexandria, or now Armenians in Aleppo, and so on and so on. Massive props to you!

2/5/2017, 6:47:32 PM

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Thank you! The people and the governments in this region are still quite unkind... As for Turkey, it seems not many people here are willing to learn from the horrors of the past. (Nowadays the Turkish government is senselessly getting hostile to Greece again, in addition to Syria and Iraq and Russia...)

Time will not be turning back for sure, but I hope we'll see more peaceful days some time. Cheers!

2/5/2017, 7:05:34 PM

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That's a beautiful story danende. I'm also interested in linguistic antropology and history of languages. Greek as well as Latin is fascinating. It had such a big influence on all European languages. Even in my mother tongue I can find a lot of similarities, though the languages nener had much in common and they are from different language branches.

2/6/2017, 4:45:35 PM

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To supplement my study of ancient Greek, and perhaps for vacations.

2/6/2017, 1:34:04 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferMarot

I have become a permanent resident of Cyprus and want to be more than just an attachment. I have only just started learning but I am loving it.

2/7/2017, 7:34:57 PM

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I am planning my third trip to Greece! There is nothing like travelling while communicating in the local language, Hopefully :)

2/14/2017, 7:27:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Bruce_in_Iloilo

Spending a month in Greece in June. I hope to be able to read the signs a bit and maybe say a few decent sentences.

3/8/2017, 2:45:37 PM
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