Greek is difficult

Today was a relatively free day at work and didn’t have any emails coming in so I decided to start learning Greek, because well, why not?

I love languages and the culture behind each language. I feel the best way to really understand another’s culture is to immerse yourself into their language, their arts, their cuisines and so on. I have a problem with starting too many things and not really finishing anything, I feel sometimes my life is like a taster appetiser, where I try a lot of things but don’t really commit to a main dish. Maybe it’s because my passion tends to fade as quickly as it builds up.

Until today, I didn’t know that Greek was not a latin language, it’s hellenic and Greek is the only language that is hellenic. Their alphabets are quite confusing, I’ve spent a good two hours today trying to read the words, simple words and haven’t gotten around to reading it, yet. I’m ok at languages, I guess it helps that I speak two languages fluently and a few others, though I cannot speak it, my understanding capabilities is pretty ok.

I usually use the app duolingo, I’ve used it for Spanish and French, but I have some background in Spanish (which isn’t a difficult language to learn in my opinion, nor pronounce) and French so maybe that’s why touching up in these two languages isn’t difficult and it’s quite fun. Greek on the other hand, maybe I need more than just a basic app to help me read the language and better understand it. I don’t even understand the audio, when the lady pronounces the word for me to repeat it. It’s quite bizarre.

However, I am determined and within a month, I will speak basic greek. I think I will use the down time I have at work at the moment to my advantage and also touch up on my spanish, french and arabic, because I just want to. Let’s see how I progress. 🙂

Selectively Curious©


  1. Quinn · April 17, 2017

    WOW that’s ambitious! I struggle with languages that have different alphabets so I’m excited to see how you get on!

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    • Selectively Curious · April 17, 2017

      Thank you. 😁. Im excited too but truth be told today was just frustrating, I can’t seem to grasp the symbols. I think I will print out the alphabet and figure out the sound of each before proceeding

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  2. shruti502 · July 17, 2017

    I have too just started learning Spanish,and I am so massively thrilled about having started a language course.I feel so good when I do my lessons.I have started this out on Duolingo too.Wishing you all the very best for greek course.Even though I am way TOO early to say this but I would like to venture out on learning French next.Cheers to both of us on our path to becoming a polyglot!Have a great week ahead.

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    • Selectively Curious · July 17, 2017

      Thank you for your lovely message, it made me smile and had just the right amount of motivation I needed to keep trying to learn a new language. Spanish is slightly easier and one of my favourite languages, I practice every chance I get. French is slightly more difficult, so from the three Spanish is the easiest, then french and then Greek being the most difficult. Good luck with Spanish and so keep me posted on your progress 😊

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