Does Modern Greek Help Koine Greek?
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  • I set a New Year goal of learning Modern Greek while simultaneously improving my Koine Greek from college.
  • The plan was to see just how much one benefits the other and share those results with my readers.
  • Koine Greek was the global lingua franca (common language) of the Greco-Roman empire between about 300BC and 300AD. It was also the language of the New Testament and early Christianity.
  • Koine is without doubt the most consequential language in history.
  • Koine evolved into Medieval and then Modern Greek, so they’re closely related but much has changed over centuries.
  • See the link below for the Koine resources I’ve been using.
  • I also decided to give Michel Thomas another chance after the publisher sent me the Greek edition to test.

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Learn more about my Modern -> Koine Greek experiment.


See my list of top Koine Greek resources (books).

Does Modern Greek Help Koine Greek?
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