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greggd12

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As some of you may know, ancient Greek is taught in all public schools throughout Greece. Although, many people aren't actually able to speak modern Greek and communicate between each other because it is a dead language, similar to Latin. Greek people are taught how to write ancient Greek and they learn how modern Greek is derived from ancient Greek. As you can see in the video, many people don't actually remember much of it and it has actually been criticized that it is not so valuable as some educators may think. What are your thoughts?

 

Stathi

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I think elements of ancient Greek are alive in modern Greek on some of the Greek islands and in isolated villages on the main land and Peleponnisos. And, in certain communities of Magna Grecia, in Scilly, Southern Italy and even coastal Mediterrean France. I was so suprised and delighted to hear ancient Greek verb forms spoken by some of the villagers of the island of Rhodes, Greece. I remember thinking, What? What am I hearing? I asked a friend who taught ancient Greek in Middle School and also a friend who is an archiologist. And, they said, yes, it is ancient. Modern Greek is more related to Ancient Greek then Italian, Spanish, French and Romanian are related to Latin. I say to Greeks every where on the planet, Yes, we do not speak Ancient Greek any more and have not for hundreds of years, but we can be amazed that ancient Greek is still vital, in stead of poo pooing it.
 
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d_kakavouli

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I think elements of ancient Greek are alive in modern Greek on some of the Greek islands and in isolated villages on the main land and Peleponnisos. And, in certain communities of Magna Grecia, in Scilly, Southern Italy and even coastal Mediterrean France. I was so suprised and delighted to hear ancient Greek verb forms spoken by some of the villagers of the island of Rhodes, Greece. I remember thinking, What? What am I hearing? I asked a friend who taught ancient Greek in Middle School and also a friend who is an archiologist. And, they said, yes, it is ancient. Modern Greek is more related to Ancient Greek then Italian, Spanish, French and Romanian are related to Latin. I say to Greeks every where on the planet, Yes, we do not speak Ancient Greek any more and have not for hundreds of years, but we can be amazed that ancient Greek is still vital, in stead of poo pooing it.
I have never heard of this!! How cool that there are people who still speak some parts of Ancient Greek. I would love to hear it spoken some day if I were to visit some of these villages some day.
 

k_tsoukalas

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That was interesting! Ancient Greek is so different. So fascinating. I always wondered if modern Greeks knew Ancient Greek.
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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It depends on your path in high school. Kind of like a major in college, high school students in Greece have to choose a path they want to follow, and depending in which path you choose, you may or may not learn ancient Greek.
 
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nadellii

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It depends on your path in high school. Kind of like a major in college, high school students in Greece have to choose a path they want to follow, and depending in which path you choose, you may or may not learn ancient Greek.
I would definitely choose to learn it!
 

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