Thinking all night, why to learn greek language...
Last night I have been thinking how somebody can choose to learn greek as a foreign language. Personally, I'm a native greek speaker and I have never had the opportuniy to select greek as my foreign language. I think in greek, I love in greek and I mourn in greek. But everytime I read a poem or an essay from a greek author, I feel so lucky that I speak this unique language. (I do feel the same sentiment when I read english or french, because my choice to learn them has never disappointed me). So, I was thinking, how I can explain this uniqueness of greek in order to conviece other people to learn the language of my nation. At midnight, I finally found some thoughts: 1. Learning greek as a foreign language, is a way to exercice your brain. But many will say that the same happens with other languages. The difference is that your brain starts to understand more complicate structures. By all accounts, Greek language is by far more difficult than english, but this makes it an interesting challenge!When you have reached a level of sufficient knowledge, you will recognise that you can make a phrase that is completely correct by selecting the right pronoun, the right suffix of the verb and the most appropriate adjective. 2. Also, learning a language as greek with a such long past, enables you to understand languages of your own language that you might not understand. In sciences, philosophy and in ordinary life you use so many words with greek origin but you don't know it. For instance, physics, metaphor,idea,europe,acrophobia and many more. 3. Greek is the most easy language concerning he pronouncation. You read exactly what you see. 4. For those who live in a country member of EU, and still believe in the vision of united Europe learnig the language of another state-member makes people come closer. 5.Last but not least, learn greek because you like the language, you love Greece or just for fun! Greeks are located all over the world and they will be delighted to see that you speak their own language. Let your journey in greek culture to be long Thank you for your time and I apologise if I was boring
Like you said, point 1 is more like a point for learning languages in general. While there are certainly easier languages than Greek, there are also more difficult ones. Point 4 is a bit similar. EU has 23 official national level languages, learning any of them achieves the same goal. And like Paul said, your double consonants and diphtongs kind of disprove 3. Greek is mostly regular but not to the same extent as Finnish, Georgian or Spanish for example. As for points 2 and 5, completely agreed!
But your text really needs some newlines, empty new lines / pharagraphs and some further formatting :-)
You could edit it.
I love Greek! I mainly got interested in it for my love of reading classical Greek literature. Herodotus's histories, Homer's illiad. I would like to visit the great country one day.
Greek is brilliant for its myths, legends and stories
here is one of my favourites.
Wow! I have never seen such love to a native language! :) I would add Greek has its own alphabet letters and it was one of two languages in which Bible was originally written.
There are many philosophical works written in Greek which makes it one of the languages I hope to learn one day, in order to read The Republic or Metaphysics in their original language.
Please do--it's fun, useful, and fun. And useful. Plus, it has the mythology. Go Poseidon!
One thing I certainly enjoyed with Greek was the palpable history: just looking up words on Wiktionary often provided four separate IP transcriptions: from modern Greek to Alexandrian, Koine, and Attic from 2000+ years ago. And it was hard not to feel like a scholar going through the philosophy, math, science sections of the tree and learning more of the history of familiar terms.
Post-classical Latin (apparently even more than classical) also borrowed Greek grammar. I'm interested to discover how much that borrowing got passed on into the Romance languages.
I tried to learn Biblical Greek last year. I failed. But I hope I can try again soon. I understand the expression about Greek. I studied Biblical Hebrew too and thought that Hebrew has an easier grammar to learn. I recognized more words in Greek in their lexical words, since my language (Swedish) have many loanwords from Greek.
Mango Languages has a course in Koine Greek. It's a worth a look if you haven't already tried.
I'm not sure I agree with #3. You have to learn the rules for double consonants and double vowels. There are 5 ways of writing the ee sound. I'd say that Spanish was more phonetic. The reason I'm learning Greek is for travelling. I've visited Greece many times and picked up some Greek over the years. However, I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to type correctly words that I've been using for many years.
Don't worry, it's all about practice. Some words your eye will slowly get used to. ^.^
Ελληνική (Greek/Hellenic) language is The mother language of all the other languages. So simple!
i don't see the point of having the other language set courses (EN-ES, EN-FR etc.)
I don't see how that is relevan with Greek, but stiil, if you are referring to English for Spanish speakers and English for French speakers, well, there are quite a few Spanish and French speakers that want to to learn English, so why not? Also, it's good practice for someone that's learning Spanish or French, to get to practice on both trees. ^.^
that was sooooooo boring... did you have nothing better to do with your time?