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Learn Greek Language Basics

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About The Greek Language

The Greek language (Ελληνικά -- eliniˈka) has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language and spans 34 centuries of written records. Modern Greek is spoken by more than 13 million people and is one of the European Union's 24 official languages. If you plan to travel to Greece, learning the Greek alphabet and a few helpful basic travel phrases for tourists will increase your enjoyment and ability to move around in a country where many of the alphabetic characters are different from English and from other European languages.

Knowing the numbers from one to twenty will help you understand prices when ordering at a restaurant, or, while shopping at the local Plaka below the Parthenon (Παρθενών.) Understanding the days of the week will make navigating the Metro in Athens, as well as, the train and bus transportation systems across Greece, easier. Also, here are the months of the year, basic colors, and our language quizzes.

Greek Language Audio Lessons

The following popover pages offer introductory audio lessons for the Greek language. After clicking on the lesson you want to learn, remember to click the play button (triangle) to get it started.

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Greek food: salad / σαλάτα
Greek food: salad / σαλάτα

A detailed history of the Greek language can be found on Wikipedia.