Hi, Niko. It’s great to hear from you. You have been our go-to guy on things Modern Greek for a long time here on B-Greek, and we are very glad that you are here.
The difference between Modern Greek and Hellenistic Greek is much smaller than the Shakespearian and modern English
after Mark Lightman had basically written the opposite earlier in the thread:
Demotic is NOT to Attic what Stephen King is to Shakespeare
I honestly don’t know who is right here. “We reason but from what we know.”
It is not correct the statement “Modern Greek speakers have to learn ancient Greek as a different language”, I learn ancient Greek as my language.
This is exactly what Jonathan and I were looking for when we asked about people with concrete experience on this issue. You move to the head of the line in settling this question.
Biblical Greek is still a living language used uninterrupted in the Orthodox Church from the first century up to now
If this were true, there should be audios or videos of Orthodox priests chatting in Koine Greek. Not reading or singing Biblical texts or liturgy, but just two guys shooting the breeze in Ancient Greek, like these two guys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWczu-In ... r_embedded
Are there such resources? How come none of these fluent native Greek speakers of Koine Greek have come forward?
Speaking of resources…
Kevin R. wrote: I can go to the newsagent and buy a newspaper in modern Greek
Hi, Kevin. As you know, you can also get a newspaper in Attic Greek.
But I have courses for beginners ready to go once that (insert words of choice) PhD is handed in
τὸ κατηραμένον Φ.δ.
Niko wrote: The main question I have is what are the advantages of interrupting articicially the unity and continuation of my language besides to have a discussion about my language not in Greek and without the Greeks.
Excellent point. By starting with Modern Greek one would not wind up talking about Greek in a language not Greek. By the time you got to Koine, you could talk about it in Greek, not English.
πῶς γὰρ οὐ
Jonathan asked: Why not start with Modern Greek?