You-Speak-Greek

Dear friends,

Welcome to Greece.

Let us guide you through a wonderful journey into the magic of an exceptional language, th Greek language.

Seen from every aspect, the Greek language is one of the richest, most accurately structured and logical languages of all times. It is a language where every word has a meaning and a reason for its existence. There is a direct connection between the “word” and the “meaning” of the word.

At the same time it is considered a rather difficult language for a foreigner to comprehend and learn. Thus, one often uses the expression “it’s all Greek to me”.

Yet, once you take a closer look you will see that you already speak Greek, you just don’t know it.

One out of four words in the English language is Greek or of Greek origin! When it comes to medical terminology, more than 50% of the words or the word elements used is Greek!

The booklet you are holding is not a scientific lexicon. It is a selection of more than 6.000 words, out of hundreds of thousands of Greek words that, more or less, each one of you, dear English speaking friends and visitors, use quite often in
your everyday vocabulary.
The intonation or pronunciation may vary a little, but you can see for yourself that you are using words in English that are not just coming from the Greek language; in most cases, they are exactly the same!
In other words, you speak Greek, you just don’t know it.

Let’s start with the “Alphabet”. But you already know this word, don’t you? It is the absolute Greek word “Alphavita” – which describes the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Vita.

Are you familiar with words like: analysis, angel, atmosphere, automatic, bible, cinematography, democrat, diagram, diploma, echo, ecstasy, ethics, galaxy, grammar, gymnastics, hormone, hypocrite, icon, idiom, kinesis, logistic, lyric, marathon, mechanic, megaphone, monopoly, nausea, neon, oil, Olympics,
pathology, phenomenon, philology, phobia, phrase, physics, practical, protein, rhapsody, scene, sphere, sympathy, thesaurus, trauma, Utopia, zone?

Do you ever use Greek prefixes or suffixes in your vocabulary, such as: tele-scope, astro-logy, electro-cardio-graph, thermometer?

Then, you speak Greek, you just don’t know it.
These are only a few examples chosen from more than 40.000 Greek words that are used today in the English language. So, is it really all Greek to you?