English speakers, why learn Modern Greek?
By Professor Chrysanthi Koutsivitis. University of Chicago

Why English speakers, should learn Modern Greek?

Why English speakers, should learn Modern Greek? 1024 576 A.J.B.

Top Reasons to learn Modern Greek

  • 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.
Why Lean Modern Greek

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.

– Giorgos Seferis, Nobel Prize,  1963

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.

-Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize, 1979

Why Lean Modern Greek

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