Denzagathist wrote:Modern and Ancient Greek both use the exact same alphabet, so if all your son needs is to practice the letters then those resources should be just fine, even though some words will be different. The only difference in Modern Greek orthography is that there are fewer diacritics; there is only one accent mark used (΄, άέήίόύώ, Ά Έ Ή Ί Ό Ύ Ώ) to indicate the position of stress, as opposed the to numerous types used in Ancient Greek to mark pitch accents, and the "breathing marks" are no longer used at all.
For example, using some of the words in the pictures that aravinda posted:
Ancient: ἱστορία Modern: ιστορία
Ancient: τραγῳδία Modern: τραγωδία
Ancient: Ἀθῆναι Modern: Αθήνα
ΕDIT: Forgot to mention that Modern Greek does occasionally also use a diaeresis (¨, ϊϋ) in order to indicate that two adjacent unstressed vowels do not form a diphthong*, e.g. παιδάκι /peˈðaki/ 'small child', vs. παϊδάκί /paiˈðaki/ 'cutlet (of meat)'. The diaeresis can also combine with the stress mark (΅) if the second of the two vowels is also stressed: e.g. ταΐζω /taˈizo/.
(* Not a real diphthong in the technical sense. In the context of Modern Greek orthography, it means two vowel letters that jointly form one vowel sound when written next to one another, e.g. α /a/ + ι /i/ = αι /e/.)
Great post. This is really helpful to know. Thank you
I really have no idea what I'm doing "teaching" (more like guiding) Greek and all this information really helps.
Couple days in bed and I got more studying done than in the last month. It's kind of a lame sickness because I'm perfectly fine as long as I lay still for a while, but as soon as I move I remember I'm sick :-/ Hopefully better tomorrow.
I managed 1000 reps on Glossika in... Italian. :-/. 500 in Icelandic. Did a bunch of Icelandic on Clozemaster but it doesn't have TTS on my phone so only the typing is of value I think without it. Have to sit at a computer to get the TTS. Lots of Russian that I talked about in my shiny new Russian log. .. that I should link to.. but I might be too lazy...
Managed a little reading and a little watching Supernatural en français, but not much.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.