Studies & Degrees in Modern Greek Studies

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Learning a new language always is a rewarding experience both financially and professionally. Often times, a good position in the company becomes available and when they hire a new guy, a lot of applications would come in and when it comes to the last set of candidates to choose from, the name of game would be about on who has more skills. One of those skills that really can impress HRD directors is those who can speak other languages such as Modern Greek.

Modern Greek language is the official language in Greece and as well as Cyprus. Studying standard Modern Greek would not be limited to studying saying the words, learning the syntax and grammar or learning how to write Modern Greek but students would also be exposed with other related fields such as Greek literature, history of the country as a whole, the culture in Greece and how the language interplay with literature, history and culture, which are whole areas of studies unto themselves. Generally, Modern Greek would be referred to as the language of the people of Greece since 1453 AD to distinguish it from Koine Greek and Medieval Greek languages. The Modern Greek language has about 12 dialects namely: Cappadocian, Cheimarriotika, Cretan, Cypriot, Demotic, Griko, Katharevousa, Pontic, Tsakonian, Sarakatsanian, Maniot and Yevanic. Among the dialects, standard Modern Greek is also sometimes referred to as the Demotic dialect, but linguists would argue that they are not synonymous. Demotic would refer to the tongue that has evolved naturally among the natural speakers of Modern Greek, while the official Modern Greek is really more of a combination of Demotic and Katharevousa. So most likely, even students who are new to the Greek language wouldn’t have too much a hard time with learning Modern Greek as the language is just about a combination of two dialects and not all of the 12 other dialects. Enrollees of this course would, of course, be learning another language and culture and so this will not be an easy course altogether, especially, in the thesis writing part which will prove how much one has really grasped the language.

Greece and Cypress are both members of the European Union; businesses who would like to gain a foothold in the luxurious European market need not look elsewhere as Greece and Cypress could be a good base of operations. Foreign investors would definitely come looking for people who can speak the language with ease and fluency. No one can really tell the emergence of a country into an economic power. Back then after the war, Japan was a devastated country. In two decades time, it conquered the world in a different way by strengthening its economy. People who can speak Japanese suddenly found themselves in demand and got positions they would never dream of having had they not knew how to speak Japanese. Right now, the trend of progress is geographical, and so if Europe progresses that would also mean that its components are progressing too. If suddenly Greece or Cyprus emerges as the next economic powerhouse of Europe then anyone who is knowledgeable with standard Modern Greek could very well have landed a goldmine. People, business enterprises or governments who would like to foster closer cooperation with either Greece or Cyprus would have no choice but to place an ad for people who have studied Modern Greek.