Should I go for it?
Hi, As a native Italian I had five years tuition of Latin and Ancient Greek in high school. Thought I was very good and got great marks at both, I am now 29 years old and have had zero contact with Ancient Greek after high school - nor have I ever used it for work.
However last November I was in Athens for a weekend and the second I read έξοδος on a subway station it just immediately made sense to me. The same feeling happened sever times throughout the weekend - a considerable amount of words made instant sense to me. I now have this idea of learning modern Greek in the back of mind. I do not have any specific reason for it except a big curiosity and a thrive for something new.
Can you guys please help in understanding why I should do it and why I should not? I got 0,50-1,00 hour per day to dedicate to such task. Thanks a lot
It sounds to me like you should, especially if you plan to go the Athens or anywhere in Greece again. And by the sounds of it, you live in Italy. That's pretty close to Greece and there are likely to be Greek immigrants in Italy (at least in certain areas). Besides, modern Greek has more current real-world application and Ancient Greek is good to learn if you really want to be an archaeologist or historian. It seems to me you want something useful for current times.
I'd say go for it, because why not? You seem to have interest in Greek, you traveled to Greece, and you already have a background in the older form of it. I'd say those are reasons enough to learn Modern Greek.
Along with Chinese, Greek are the oldest continuously spoken language in the world, both at least 3000+ years old. So, go for it. It's not only about the present, but also about the past. (fun fact, I'm native Greek; Athens Uni graduate, that's why I don't practice Greek in Duolingo.) I guess I need more other languages, besides my own. Buona fortuna con la lingua greca !!
I am a native Greek and I try to learn Italian, I always wanted, I had been taught Ancient Greek and Latin at school. Why Italian? Because I like the language, and Latin helped me a lot with the Romance languages. Italian is the closest descendant and its sound is so cool!
So nothing is for nothing!