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Ancient Greek for Duolingo

I've started a Facebook page and group dedicated to promoting a new Ancient Greek course for Duolingo:

https://www.facebook.com/AncientGreekforDuolingo/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/329731891074896/

I've been spamming these links en masse to people in various threads about Ancient Greek. I didn't realize this was emailing everyone following those threads until it was too late. My apologies!

April 24, 2019



Ich habe das altgriechische nur durch die lektüre von texten erlernt.und kann es also weder sprechen noch korrekt aussprechen.wenn duolinguo ein übungsprogramm für das altgriechische anbieten würde so könnte Ich vielleicht soweit kommen vom altgriechischen auch einen aktiven gebrauch machen zu können. I learned ancient greek by reading books.but i have no active knowledge of the language and I can t pronounce it correctly.this would change if there was a duolinguo course for ancient greek.


I love to see ancient languages in here... But this kind of courses need special contributors and I don't know if any of the Duo users know any of those languages...


Perhaps. But I think a "special contributor" is simply someone who has studied the language sufficiently enough to teach it. And I would count myself in that group - though there are certainly plenty of people out there even more qualified.

I assume getting volunteers to apply is the #1 priority for getting this started. But getting people interested in taking the course when it's complete is probably almost as important.


Of course people are interested (like I am), you can see the number of the votes here ... So you know Ancient Greek??? Then I'm so glad you are here... Have you already applied to the course???


Yes. Indeed, I have applied on the Incubator. I believe the next step is to sit and wait... It would be nice if Duolingo responded to applicants with some kind of feedback like, "Thank you for applying. We currently only have X number of volunteers for this course. Once we reach X number of volunteers, we may or may not contact you". Something like that would probably be more reassuring than the crickets that I'm currently listening to.


As I am learning Modern Greek, the only aspect in Ancient Greek that I know would interest many ( past basic Modern Greek) learners is the Accentuation marks and placement of the accent. As Modern Greek still abides by the accentuation rules of the acute accent.


By "accentuation rules of the acute accent", you mean the monotonic writing system, which is much easier than polytonic systems. But this is just a surface-level, orthographic representation with no bearing on the underlying grammar.

The "placement of the accent" is a bit more critical. Learners of Modern Greek, who lack training in Ancient Greek, may be left scratching their heads about many things: i.e. why stress shifts more consistently in words like άνθρωπος-ανθρώπου, but less consistently in words like δεύτερος-δεύτερου (or δεύτερη/δευτέρα).

But then you encounter exceptions to these "rules" and you wonder WTF is going on with this language. Whereas, if you simply learn the basics of Ancient Greek, you have a basis for rationalizing the numerous inconsistencies within Modern Greek.


I heard that there are different kinds of Ancient Greek, such as Homer's Greek, Classical Greek, Koine Greek, and Byzantine Greek, so I wonder how that would affect the teaching of it.

By the way, I found out about the different kinds of ancient Greek from Stergi3's comment on this post: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23658315/How-different-is-Ancient-Greek-from-Modern-Greek


I support your initiative! Attic greek course is what we need!

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