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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

March 11, 2017

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

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!

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Great posting.

But your text really needs some newlines, empty new lines / pharagraphs and some further formatting :-)
You could edit it.

Formattings:

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoloDawgz

COOL now I'm considering learning Greek.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MARIOS16R

Just give it a try! You will immediately love greek!

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fatty.Lumpkin

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.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MARIOS16R

Do you study Herodotus in ancient Greek or translated in english?

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

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Greek is brilliant for its myths, legends and stories

here is one of my favourites.

http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/03/cerberus-guardian-of-hades.html

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March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anno-Domini

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.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

Three. Some of the Bible was written in Aramaic.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MARIOS16R

that's true!

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deadliestcow

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.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espiraden

Honestly i'm considering learning Greek now :)

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoloDawgz

Same here

March 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GreekGeek93

Please do--it's fun, useful, and fun. And useful. Plus, it has the mythology. Go Poseidon!

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

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.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotLucas

I'm going to learn Greek!

March 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

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.

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

Mango Languages has a course in Koine Greek. It's a worth a look if you haven't already tried.

March 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

Thanks. I had never heard of this before.

March 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paulguk

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.

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitra956826

Don't worry, it's all about practice. Some words your eye will slowly get used to. ^.^

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanni-10

Ελληνική (Greek/Hellenic) language is The mother language of all the other languages. So simple!

December 5, 2018

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    i don't see the point of having the other language set courses (EN-ES, EN-FR etc.)

    July 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitra956826

    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. ^.^

    July 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eri18200

    i agree with you my friend but it's Hellenic language, not Greek ..

    March 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bodhidog1

    that was sooooooo boring... did you have nothing better to do with your time?

    March 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoloDawgz

    Ur sooooooo mean

    March 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

    You better go surfing for a better mood!!

    March 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

    huh?

    March 12, 2017
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