June 23, 2020

The importance of the Greek Language

Evangelina

The Greek language is steeped in rich history, with roots as far back as the thirteenth century BCE through the Mycenaean civilisation. It holds an important place in the histories of Europe, with the longest documented history of any other language of the Indo-European family of languages and 34 centuries of written records, so surely, this is a huge legacy for all of modern civilisation to keep and to enrich!

Why study Greek?

Nowadays more and more people are interested in learning Greek either to help them communicating during their holidays in Greece or because they find the Greek language a very interested and poetic language which has been widely used in other languages, in fields such as mathematics, astronomy and philosophy. 

Beautifully melodic with poetic meaning, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to learn, especially as so many Greek words have been widely used in other languages, in fields such as mathematics, astronomy and philosophy. Greek word elements in common with Latin words are the foundation of the scientific and technical modern vocabulary.

  • 29% of the English vocabulary derives from Greek. So, you know the meaning of the 29% words of this “foreign” language.
  • It is very important for those who study Classics, Biology, Literature, Linguistics, History and those who want to study Medicine and Law.
  • Classics: Greek is one Language. Modern Greek is the continuity of Ancient Greek. Catch up with both.
  • Biology, Literature, Medicine, Law: 90% of the terminology in these sciences is Greek. You will understand easier the meanings of those absolutely useful words, tools for the science you study.
  • History: Even one Quarter Modern Greek will enable you to understand some terms, words, phrases in Greek since written history starts in Greece.

Our curriculum includes Modern Greek, invaluable for those who want to communicate in Greek in Greece or even with the Greek people abroad, or Ancient Greek for those who want to study the ancient Greek civilisation through the ancient texts.

As a qualified and experienced language teacher I will provide an integrated course schedule of Greek language learning through exploration, scrutiny, and self-reflection. The lessons will address to adults or children of all levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced levels) and will cover speaking/communicating in Greek, Greek grammar, reading, writing Greek and learning about Greek/Cypriot culture and civilisation.

Giorgos Seferis, Nobel Prize, 1963

I belong to a small country. A rocky promontory in the Mediterranean, it has nothing to distinguish it but the efforts of its people, the sea,
and the light of the sun. It is a small country, but its tradition is immense and has been handed down through the centuries without interruption. The Greek language has never ceased to be spoken. It has undergone the changes that all living things experience,
but there has never been a gap. This tradition is characterised by love of the human; justice is its norm.

Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize, 1979

Dear friends, it has been granted to me to write in a language that is spoken only by a few million people. But a language spoken without interruption, with very few differences, throughout more than two thousand five hundred years. This apparently surprising spatial-temporal distance is found in the cultural dimensions of my country. Its spatial area is one of the smallest; but its temporal extension is infinite. Let us not forget either that in each of these twenty-five centuries and without any interruption, poetry has been written in Greek.

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