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Latin vs. Greek

Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Latin vs. Greek!!!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242


We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Latin -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/6_IPqniaZR0
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/BNWpZ-Y_KvU
  3. Written: Omnes homines dignitate et iure liberi et pares nascuntur, rationis et conscientiae participes sunt, quibus inter se concordiae studio est agendum.

Greek -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/mQyL3LgJwXA
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/-5pDGH9ktNo
  3. Written: 'Ολοι οι άνθρωποι γεννιούνται ελεύθεροι και ίσοι στην αξιοπρέπεια και τα δικαιώματα. Είναι προικισμένοι με λογική και συνείδηση, και οφείλουν να συμπεριφέρονται μεταξύ τους με πνεύμα αδελφοσύνης.
December 1, 2017



Greek. It was a no brainer. ;)


The interesting thing about Greek is that during the heyday of Greek influence in the Mediterranean, Greek was a tonal language. Those accents placed upon letters in Ancient Greek are pitch markers not stress markers. So for instance, in this vowel ῶ the pitch starts low, goes up and then goes down. Yet modern Greeks, including most members of the academia, claim that Greek has always been pronounced the way the most prestigious current variant of Greek is pronounced. It is as baffling as the English folks who accuse someone not using RP while performing Shakespeare of mangling “the tongue of Shakespeare”, even though RP was developed in the late Victorian Age.


Yet modern Greeks, including most members of the academia, claim that Greek has always been pronounced the way the most prestigious current variant of Greek is pronounced.

Some Greeks believe Ancient Greek is the ancestor of all languages. I'm not kidding. I've seen these arguments online before.


Ecclesiastical Latin... Not a good comparison. Greek wins easily with the choices that you made, but as a language I prefer Latin.


Latin! <3 I'm horrible at Latin, but I love it. It's definitely one of my favorite languages.


These are odd samples and not very representative. Both oral samples of Latin are pronounced in varieties of Ecclesiastical Latin (rather modern pronunciation); Classical Latin must have sounded much different. The spoken Greek is Modern Greek, which is far from what Classical or Koine Greek--which were more contemporary w/ Classical Latin--must have sounded like. The written samples given for Latin is from the Declaration of Human Rights (20th century), as is the Greek, which is written in modern Greek with modern orthography. (I know little about Modern Greek, but enough to recognize it.)


Definitely greek!

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