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« on: June 08, 2005, 11:34:06 AM »

I'm interested in learning modern Greek.  Where should I start?
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2005, 12:18:35 PM »

is that classical Greek or modern Greek you are interested in?....if the latter, I suggest the "Pimsleur" self-language-learning program.....you can get an abridged version for about $60.00 (or a complete version for about $300)

I'm interested in learning Farsi and Turkish....where should I start?

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2005, 12:57:17 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2005, 05:08:46 PM »

I highly recomend against Pimsluer as you get no real grasp of the language from it.ÂÂ  Especially with Greek there are many ways to say the same thing, and pimsluer just doesn't give you the knowledge to handle that - nor to even read Greek.

A good place to start out is [i[Colloquial Greek: The Complete Course for Beginners[/i] found here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0415325145/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/002-1872092-0430467?v=glance&s=books&st=*.ÂÂ  Also the tapes are helpful for hearing the flow of the langauge.ÂÂ  

If you are up for the challange of a book with no English in it (except the vocabulary section in the back) there is a book called Ξέρετε Ελληνικά; which I find is very good.ÂÂ  This has advatages of creating an immersion feeling, but not good if you have no experience of the language nor frequent contacts with native speakers.ÂÂ  

But why speak Greek when the language of Christ and Apostles was Russian?! Po - po!

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2005, 06:37:35 PM »

actually i think Arabic is the most valuable language to learn sincin' that in 10 years from now that will be the only language used in the entire European continent, and therefore, French will be displaced as the language of diplomacy and German will be displaced as the language of philosophy
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2005, 07:08:29 PM »

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actually i think Arabic is the most valuable language to learn sincin' that in 10 years from now that will be the only language used in the entire European continent, and therefore, French will be displaced as the language of diplomacy and German will be displaced as the language of philosophy

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I highly recomend against Pimsluer as you get no real grasp of the language from it.  Especially with Greek there are many ways to say the same thing, and pimsluer just doesn't give you the knowledge to handle that - nor to even read Greek.

I always heard Pimsluer was the best. Didn't know there was something better out there.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2005, 07:23:57 PM »

Check with your local Greek cultural centre (Cdn. spelling if you're wondering), and they will be able to tell you if there any classes available in the area.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2005, 07:25:42 PM »

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Bah. The most useful language in the coming years will be either Hindi or Chinese, Manadrin dialect. The Arab nations do not have the numbers to become world powers like these two countries (that both have nuclear capability).
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2005, 03:38:42 AM »

German is a wonderful gutteral language, exactly the kind of language I would imagine trolls and dwarfs speaking. Its so ancient and has those delightful compound words, so concrete and literal and you can hear Beowulf and the Vikings in it.  Grin
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