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Im a 5th grade American and i take great interest in the greek language. I am in fact 1/8 Greek so i thought it would be cool to learn the language. My 9th grade brother who takes spanish uses duolingo recommended me this and I am loving it. Ive memorized the greek alphabet as well as pronouncing the letters. I love the layout of DL and that its free. But I would like to give you guys some ideas to enhance our way of learning greek. 1. Saying sentences. It would be nice if we had to say a word or sentence and DL would tell us if we pronounced it right. I would love this feature because sometimes i feel like Im not pronouncing a word right. 2. Words tab. I would like a words tab for greek so i can go over my words without redoing a lesson. I am a bad rememberer so i often forget words, especially big words like ζουζουνια. 3. Go more in depth on grammar. Im only on level 3 currently so it might do this later on but learning vocabulary is good but you need a share of grammar too. Thanks guys so much for making Duoling, Μπράβο! (Sorry if spelling or punctuation is bad im tired)

March 6, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

Your words and wisdom make up for all punctuationa and I don't see any spelling errors at all. I'm glad you like the course so far. We don't as yet have a means for the learner to say the sentences and have them corrected but Duo may bring that out. 2. I see you tried the glossary tip and it didn't work. I'll redo it to see what the glitch may be. Thanks for the heads up 3. Grammar is coming have no fear.

Hope you are using the Tip & notes at the top left of the exercise page and also see this with more info this is really long so keep it for reference: here

Best wishes and I hope you enjoy learning on Duo.

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Cartev1

Haha, yes, I did use it the glossary trick several times, but It didn't work. Duo may have patched it. I'll be sure to check out the tip and notes. I am scared when grammar comes up because considering I haven't reached middle or high school yet, where you really get in depth with English, it will be weird learning things in Greek that I haven't learned yet in english. Like those genders, I hate, all the genetive and the informative stuff, it all kind of scares me. Anyway, does DL give you the basics of a language when you finish it or make you completely fluent?

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/spdl79
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Genders, genitive, accusative and so on, I'm sure you'll get used to. English once had features like case and gender, and still retains vestiges of them in words like who/whom/whose (nominative, accusative, genitive), he/him/his, she/her/hers, etc.

TBH you don't really need to have a solid foundation in grammar to learn another language. When I started learning Greek, less than a year ago, I didn't know a single grammar rule or concept - when I was at school, there was a trend in education not to teach them. You'll pick up what you need to learn along the way. The community here is also very helpful if you have any questions. And, really, for a lot of the grammatical concepts, the words used to describe them are much more complicated than the actual ideas they are trying to convey.

Unfortunately, DL doesn't make you fluent, but it does give you a very solid foundation for further study, and it does do a bit more than give you just the basics of a language. To get fully fluent, you'd need to spend a lot of time speaking and listening to Greek, and you'd also need to expand your vocabulary much further than what's contained here. But if you complete the course and remember most of it, you'd definitely be able to have basic conversations with a Greek speaker and also to convey your needs.

For vocab building (and for reinforcing the words you've learned here), I'd recommend checking out Memrise.

Good luck learning!

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Cartev1

Ok, I will check out Memrise. A fear that i have that happens to a lot of DLers is finishing my tree and having to strenghten several skills everyday. Are there any techniques to remember a word because that's where Im pretty weak. I often forget words like αντρας or αγόρι. Another thing is that many letters include γ (gamma) and considering english is my first language and english does not contain the soft g/y sound, it takes me a lot longer to make the sound, making it harder to say the word fast and fluent. Most of the time with big words with many letters, I have to, one by one, sound out each letter.

March 6, 2017

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Well, to learn a language, it is necessary to practice at least a little bit each day. But it's not like you'll have to spend hours and hours on Duo every day - once you've finished the tree, I think you could probably do around 20-30xp a day and keep everything up to date.

As for remembering words, if you're using Duo every day, you should start to remember them simply by osmosis. Everyone has their own way of acquiring vocabulary though. The way I remember specific words is to use Memrise. Unless someone has already come up with a good one, I'll make up a little story for each word and find a picture to go with it. For example, for αγόρι, I might think of something like "α boy got in trouble from his mum for watching 2 γόρι horror films each night instead of doing his homework" and find a picture of a kid watching a film to go with it. The 2 is there to remind me that the accent goes on the second vowel from the end.

At this stage, I really wouldn't worry too much about your pronunciation of gamma. Nor for sounding stuff out, either - I remember I had to do that when I first started learning and started encountering words like απογοήτευση and αναζωογονημένος. You'll get used to them. Greek does have a lot of big words, but they often tend to follow patterns, or to be made up of smaller words (αναζωογονημένος, refreshing, is something like re-life-birth-ness), and they do get a lot easier over time.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Cartev1

Ok, I will try to use your techniques.

March 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Datboi392282

Cool I'm 1/2 Greek and am in 5th grade too. I speak near fluent Greek and LOVE doulingo. Although I don't really take Greek lessons because if I have any questions about Greek I ask my mom who speaks Greek.

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Cartev1

Cool, do you live in Greece?

March 8, 2017
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