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Greek Language Day: Honoring The Mother of Western Languages

International Greek Language Day is celebrated annually every February 9, the day which also honors the memory of the Greek national poet Dionysios Solomos, who wrote Greece's national anthem ''Hymn to Liberty.'' This celebration seeks to highlight the Greek language’s...

Countries With Names Derived From the Greek Language

Surprisingly, the names of countless countries around the world come from words found in the Greek language, attesting to the influence of Greek.

The History of the Greek Language Throughout Time

Among the world's 2,700 languages, Greek stands out for its centuries-long, unique and continuous path. If we also consider the influence it exerted—both in terms of formation and content—on European as well as other languages, Greek is, without exaggeration,...

How Orthodox Martyrs Saved the Greek Language Under Ottoman Rule

The Greek language survived almost 400 years of Ottoman rule due to the Greek Orthodox Church, which protected and taught the language.

The Greek Language is Not Dying; It’s Merely Changing

Is the Greek language, one of the most ancient languages in history of mankind, dying due to an avalanche of foreign words being introduced?

The Magic of the Greek Language — in a Spanish Song

Greek is used in every language throughout the world. This Spanish oldie by an Argentinian musical group called Apurimac, featuring Greek singer Elli Paspala, is living proof that there indeed are thousands of Greek words in every language. Apurimac created...

The Greek Language is the Greatest Ambassador of Hellenism

With over 3,400 years of documented history, the Greek language has heavily influenced all other western languages. By Ada Leivada Whenever Greece faces challenges to its public image, such as it recently did during last decade’s devastating financial crisis, its greatest...

Young Refugee Teaches Greek Language to Kids Worldwide

A young Palestinian refugee on the Greek island of Leros has set up a page called “Learn Greek” on social media to teach the language.

World Greek Language Day Celebrated Around the Globe

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, along with religious leaders and students of the Greek language, praised the mother tongue of the Greek people on Tuesday, the commemoration of World Greek Language Day. "Greek is the language of Homer and Aristotle,"...

PM Invites Young Greek Language Students to Visit Greece in Summer 2021

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis invited dozens of Greek school children from all over the world as well as children of different nationalities learning the Greek language to visit the country in the Summer of 2021 during a Monday teleconference. The...

Why I Love the Summer Greek Language Camp

By Ada Leivada The following is the story of Dimitris, a Greek-American teenager and student of Greek Lessons OnLine, who shares his experience of the time he spent in Greece at the school's summer camp. Unlike other boys of his...

Seven Great Reasons to Learn the Greek Language

By Ada Leivada More and more studies that praise the health benefits of studying a second language are published everyday. Recently, the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology published a study proving that bilingual children perform much better on tasks that...

Greek Language Center Uses Scrabble to Promote Greek Around the World

The organization called the Center for the Greek Language (KEΓ) and the Greek Scrabble Union agreed recently to join forces and introduce the world-famous board game to Greek schools around the world in order to promote the Greek language. KEΓ...

February 9 is International Greek Language Day

Following years of efforts and campaigning by academics, teachers and Greek people around the world, the ninth of February was officially declared International Greek Language Day in 2017. The date of February 9 was selected because it is also the...

Cyprus Open University Offers Distance Greek Language Study

  With the new online program ‘Learning the Greek Language’, the Open University of Cyprus (OUC), in its capacity as a institution of education and culture, will be able to promote Hellenism around the world by using the new technology...