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Has anyone here already finished Italian, Greek and Turkish Course?

Considering the fact that Greece, Italy and Turkey are intimately connected by over many years of wars, peace, culture, as well the relative proximity between the three countries, so I was just wondering if has anyone here tried to learn those three languages? I plan to finish the Italian and Greek course next year, and after that start the Turkish course.

December 30, 2017



I completed the Italian and Turkish trees, and I am part way through the Greek tree.

Turkish is a mind bender, but it is totally worth the effort.


I've completed the Turkish and Italian tree on Duolingo and I'm halfway through my Greek tree, but I've also been studying Modern Greek at university and have a B2 certificate in this language. If you study all 3 languages at the same time you can clearly see that Modern Greek has been influenced both by Italian and Turkish. The first examples that come to my mind are "η καμπάνα" ("la campana" in Italian), "η φράουλα" ("la fragola" in Italian), "η τσάντα" ("çanta" in Turkish), "το χαλί" ("halı" in Turkish) and many, many more. If you ask me about the difficulty of those language - well, obviously that's something very subjective and depends also on what's your native language. Personally, I'd say that:

  • Italian is the easiest one (regular spelling, lack of cases, a lot of vocabulary resembles English due to its Latin origin). Some parts of it can be tricky: there are a lot of irregular verbs and the subjunctive mood can seem a bit puzzling in the beginning, but generally it's not too hard.

  • Turkish is a bit harder, because it's a non-Indo-European language, so it requires getting used to a slightly different way of thinking. Yet it's grammar is quite regular with very few exceptions, there's no grammatical gender and the suffix system is quite logical once you get used to it.

  • Greek is hard. I've been studying it as my major since 2015 and I'm still very far from being fluent. That could be due to the poor education system in my country :), but there must be some objective reasons as well. First of all, spelling. Learning the alphabet isn't a problem at all, but, for instance, there are 5 ways to write the sound [ee], so you end up making a lot of spelling mistakes. For some reason I have problems memorizing the Greek vocabulary - somehow it doesn't seem to stick to my brain. The grammar is quite complex, there are 3 genders, 4 cases and lots of irregularities. Still, it's a beautiful language and definitely worth giving it a try! Good luck! :)


Really interesting comment. So in conclusion, would you say that Turkish is easier than Greek?


there are 5 ways to write the sound [ee]

Unless I am missing something, there are 6 ways to write [ee]: η, ι, υ, ει, οι and υι. The last one is very rare, but most likely you'll have come across the word υιός = γιος = son.

lots of irregularities

What gave you that idea? :P


I'm working on finishing Italian now, I am trying to learn basic Greek and Turkish. I think all three sound beautiful and I think it'd be interesting to take a trip to all three countries of similar name in one go. My high school Latin teacher actually did that more than once. He has been to every major Mediterranean European country and a few Arabian ones.


Well for me I'm doing Brazilian Portuguese which I think will take 1-3 more years for me to master, then I will be moving on to Italian after that though I'm not really sure... Maybe I might consider Spanish? But I differently will be doing Italian :)


I completed the Italian tree and I dabbled a bit into Modern Greek at Uni. I have never seriously tried to learn Turkish, but as a Classics student I definitely know a bit about the rich cultural history of the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean (:

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