Greek language with a documented record spanning three and a half millennia is a
strong element of national continuity. Modern Greek derives from the same idiom
used by Homer. Greek is also the language of the Gospels. The Greek alphabet and
the Greek language have contributed much to all western languages. Today's
Greeks, however, are the only ones who ensure this linguistic continuity. In
this respect Greek, is to be distinguished sharply from Latin which generated
numerous neo-latin languages from Rumanian to Portuguese before it became itself
Someone said to me that it is pointless to learn Greek because unless you have grown up speaking it you will never speak it well enough to talk about things of importance and those foreigners who have lived in Greece for 40 years and still don't feel like they speak Greek will know what he means. However if you put your mind to it you can do anything, even speak Greek.
There are various language programs
in Athens. Best known is the Athens Center. See www.greecetravel.com/schools
There are several programs for speaking Greek on DVD such as George Balanis Anotek Program at www.greecetravel.com/anotek
See also www.athensguide.com/language.html for more detailed info and some helpful words and phrases.
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