Aurelia wrote:I feel kind of stupid asking this but is the Ancient Greek alphabet the same as the Modern Greek alphabet? Or does the Ancient Greek alphabet have some Etruscan letters in it. I know I have a lot to learn, so let's start here, shall we?
Aurelia wrote:My next questions are:
How different is Ancient Greek from Modern Greek? Could I go to Greece and speak Ancient Greek and have them understand me? Can I get a comparison to two other languages? Perhaps like Latin and Romansche (sp?)?
Aurelia wrote:lol, I only know two words in Ancient Greek so far. Kalimera and antio (right?).
Emma85 wrote:I talked to a Greek guy on the internet a few days ago in what I hoped was Modern Greek.
Eureka wrote:I don't know Modern Greek at all. But aren't you understating the difference. I'd be very surprised if 2500 years (comparing Attic to modern Greek) didn't change the language into something unrecognisable. (Not to mention the centuries of Ottoman occupation.)
Aurelia wrote:er, okay lol. I don't understand any Greek that well yet. But what I did get (I think) is PeterD's signature (is your signature about the Olympics in Athens?)
Matteos wrote:Hi Aurelia,
Having just completed my first year of Ancient Greek last May, I think I may have a helpful hint to offer you.
Bathe in confusion and let ambiguity wash over you.
Er, what I really mean to say is that many things will seem difficult at first, but will gradually make sense when you see them a second, third, fourth time. In our class, practically everyone was confused when a new section was introduced, and then, miraculously, things would begin to sink in. Which was right about the time our teacher would confuse us again!
So I recommend many small bites and slow chewing. Enjoy the meal!
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