Welcome to Textkit. If you decide to go into the classics in college, you'll find this a great forum, I am sure.
adz000 wrote:Nonsense! Every language is equally difficult to master.
Do you have any evidence to support your claim, adz000? If what you are saying is that an Arab has just as much difficulty learning his or her language as an Englishman has learning his or hers, I agree. But that is not the case here. We are talking about learning foreign languages - are you saying that all foreign languages are equally difficult to master?
It is an interesting position, but I fail to see why languages which are relatively close to English such as German or French should not be easier to learn for a speaker of English than languages which are relatively distant from English, such as Arabic or Chinese...
Now, Latin or Greek? They are both difficult, - and I believe this to be the experience of many students - but Latin at least does use the same alphabet as English. Another advantage may the vocabulary: many words in English are derived from Latin and may be understood immediately.
adz000 wrote:Why would you be interested in taking Greek or Latin to begin with? Or is it a choice that someone is forcing you to make?
This is a highly relevant question, I think. Your first priority, Alex, should be to ask yourself what you'd like to learn, then if it is difficult or not. If you do not have any real interest in the language you undertake to learn, you will be bored and frustrated. Do you have any particular interest in Greek and Latin? What aspects of these cultures interest you? Roman history? Greek philosophy? Roman warfare? Greek plays? etc. If you have a purpose besides studying the language in its own right, it might be easier to find the motivation to study when the going gets tough.