Greek is spoken by about 13 million people mostly in Greece and Cyprus, where is the official language, but also worldwide, as first or second language. Due to the Greek diaspora, Greek emigrant communities are found in many countries, especially in Western Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America and Australia. Traditional Greek-speaking settlements are present all around the Mediterranean basin, in the Balkans, in Turkey, in the Middle East and in the Caucasus.

Linguistically wise Greek constitutes an independent branch in the Indo-European family of languages. Being spoken since the late 3rd millennium BC and with written evidences dating back to between 1450 and 1350 BC,  Greek is the world’s oldest recorded living language.

Although it has way fewer speakers than other mainstream languages like English, French or Spanish, there are several good reasons for learning Greek. We would like to point out some of them.

  • To live, study or work in Greece
  • To communicate when travelling in Greece
  • To communicate with Greek-speaking people not only in Greece but all around the world
  • To get to know the fascinating and rich Greek culture: history, traditions, food, literature, music…
  • Do research on Greek language, literature, history
  • To gain a better understanding of your own language. Just think of how many words in most Western languages derive from Greek (in English about 25%!)
  • To look at your own language and culture from a different perspective
  • To train your brain to learn a different alphabet and language and broaden your horizons
  • To learn other languages more easily

And last but most importantly because it is such a beautiful language!

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