Here are a few words from MODERN GREEK for your stay… Greeks generally speak good English, but there is nothing more annoying than a Greek who does not wish to understand you. So make the small effort we will appreciate it!! It is women who generally speak French because it was the noble language to learn until recently.

Keep in mind that THE GREEK LANGUAGE is a language of intonation and that some words, certain phrases are understood in the context. for example there is little punctuation (it’s; and not?) and there is no interrogative form per se, it’s the intonation that makes the question!!

To simplify things you know that the expressions and pronunciations are all different from one island to another even a few kilometers away, it’s another world !!! LERIANS like to make fun of KALYMNIANS that make them well !!!

MODERN GREEK

  • Greek comprises three genres, male, feminine and neutral.

THE WORDS OF TOURISM

  • MONI: call for a monastery that usually houses one or more churches
  • AGHIOS – AGHIA – AGHIO: Saint and Saint
  • CAIQUE: small Greek boat
  • CHORA – CHORIO: the main village
  • LAIKA: a popular song
  • NISSI: an island
  • PLIO: a boat
  • PLATEIA: The Place
  • MALAKIA MALAKIES Very pejorative to say fool in the best case !!!

Place and country names are usually female in Greek

CONVERSATION

In modern Greek all letters are pronounced even if there are diphthongs

  • NAI Yes – OCHI No
  • PARAKALLO: Please
  • EFCHARISTO: thank you
  • GIA SOU – GIA SAS: your health – your health – hi
  • GIA MAS:   to our health
  • ELLADA: Greece
  • PEDI – PEDIA: the child, more surely you hear pedia (children and especially pedaki (cute little children) most of the time with the possessive slack !!! is not Mediterranean that can !!! A way of saying the guys !!!

EXPRESSION

  • PANAYIA: Virgin Mary – name often gives to churches
  • TO LOGARIAZMO: The bill
  • HRONIA POLLA: Literally many years to wish the holidays, the anniversaries
  • STO KALLO: for the good, when you leave someone and you want to see them again

Despite all your best efforts, you don’t make yourself understood? Insist… For the record, each island has a very special pronunciation of Greek. Sometimes even for the Greeks the difficulty of being understood. The same is obviously the case with the Athenians…

Between the islands so different from the archipelago this gives rise to many mockery …

THE GREEK LANGUAGE

10 of The Greek French and 5 million Greek words used worldwide

 

You speak Greek without knowing it! 10 of the French language has a Greek origin. There are more than 5 million words used worldwide !

 

You may wonder why so many Greek words used inthe French language exist  ! We will see what is the Greek influence on the French languageThe arrival of Christianity in the 6th century allowed the addition of Greek words in the French language. The Greek language has become the main source of international scientific vocabulary. Greek contributes to the French vocabulary in a large number of scientific, medical and technical neologisms. Huge French words have the Greek prefix or suffix in order to satisfy modern needs (in all areas such as communication and the technological world)

 

Below are Greek words, Greek etymological doublets and elements of Greek words that are always productive as the basis for creating new words in French:

    • Ancient Greek words in the French language: physical, chaos, echo… Etc.
    • Ancient Greek roots in totally new French words: anthropology, chronicle, democracy, philosophy… Etc.
    • Elements of classical Greek affixed toother roots or not  : anarchy, autosarcasm, biotope, geography, ideogram, microscope, television…
    • List of Greek suffixes creating French words: biography, thermometer, geometry, biology, xenophobia, telephone

Unknowingly, a fairly well-educated French speaker uses about 5 words directly from Greek and 25 indirectly (if you count Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes) ! It’s really huge. ! In this way, we must recognize that the Greek language has played a major role in the evolution of the European and world (Western) language.

 

TERMINATION Idea Greek
-ONYME Name TO ONOMA
-PATHE Sick PATHEINO
-PHAGE WHO EATS Fao
-SCOPE Player O SKOPOS
-THERAPIE GUERISON CARE I THERAPIA
PhilE WHO LIKES O FILOS
-PHOBE WHAT DO NOT LOVE  
-PHONE His PHONAZO
-PODE Foot TO PODI
-TYPE Print Typo
-THEQUE Storage  

 

In LEROS , the language is very typical especially the pronouciation.

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