About the Greek Language
by Harry Foundalis
Greek is the language spoken by around 11 million people in Greece, and 700,000 people in Cyprus. What follows
is a set of pages on the Greek language, both Classic and Modern (with
an emphasis on the latter). They should be useful
both as a reference, and as a learning guide. It is assumed that
the reader, or learner, is already familiar with English.
Currently, the following topics are included:
- Alphabet, with notes on
pronunciation, phonology, and orthography.
- Details of modern pronunciation,
where knowledge of the alphabet is not enough to derive
the correct pronunciation.
- Grammar: syntax, and parts of
speech. Learn about nouns, verbs, numbers,
- Rules for placing the accent marks
in writing to denote stress.
- Common expressions, with
pronunciation (Modern Greek only).
- Phrases, sentences, and short
paragraphs, with vocabulary and pronunciation (Modern
- Thematic groups of concepts
(colors, days of the week, months, countries, people, and
more; Modern Greek only).
- Hand-writing: learn how to draw the Greek
letters by hand.
- Word-lists, Modern Greek to English,
and English to Modern Greek.
Ask a Greek! Questions, anyone? Why not ask your
Greek language related questions here?
Games for learning Greek! Entertainment for women & girls:
and serious learners:
The Classics Reader: read classical
Greek texts (Homer, Herodotus, Plato, the Bible, etc.) with the ancient text and its
translation shown side by side.
Lexiscope: an amazing tool for verbs,
nouns, or anything that can be declined or conjugated in
Modern Greek. Enter any form of a noun, verb, etc., and
lexiscope will show you what form this is, along with its
full declension, conjugation, etc.
- Your name in Greek! Type your
non-Greek name in this page by David Harris, and see how
it is transliterated in Greek.
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