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Who can learn greek the easiest? (other than greeks)

Postby timmyrico » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:12 am

I'm curious because I'm Slovenian. Would it be harder for me to learn Greek than for a person who lives in a different country. What should be your native language (other than Greek) that would luckily make it easier for you to learn Greek? Thanks.
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Re: Who can learn greek the easiest? (other than greeks)

Postby bedwere » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:49 pm

Maybe a speaker of an Indo-European language that has retained conjugations and declensions.
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Re: Who can learn greek the easiest? (other than greeks)

Postby daivid » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:55 pm

I learnt Serbo-Croat before Greek and I have been struck by how much more help Serbo-Croat
is than English. This is not so much with the vocab ( though even here
there are quite a few more words that seem to have a Greek origin than in English).
It is more that things like turns of phrase often seem to have been taken from Greek.
This seems to me to go far beyond a retention of Indo-European forms such as the retention of
cases. My hunch is that it is due to Byzantine missionaries. Slovenia being further north may have
had less influence - but I really don't know Slovenian at all.
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