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Greek Common words

Some easy to learn common words in Greek


Here are a few words that are used in many western languages that are actually Greek. I have read somewhere that 20% of the English language is of Greek origin! If you have had a look a the alphabet, here is a chance to read Greek. Can you translate the word? If yes, then you have succeeded in reading it!

Ακαδημία
ΦΙΛΟΣΟΦΙΑ
Ιστορία
ΑΛΦΑΒΗΤΟ
Φωτογραφία
ΠΡΟΒΛΗΜΑ
Αεροπλάνο
ΤΟΥΑΛΕΤΑ
Μαθηματικά
ΑΘΛΗΤΙΚΑ
Δημοκρατία
ΑΣΠΙΡΙΝΗ
Πίτσα
ΙΔΕΟΛΟΓΙΑ
Κωμωδία
ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΗ
Μουσική
ΛΟΓΙΚΗ
Ιδέα
ΨΥΧΟΛΟΓΙΑ
Καταστροφή
ΛΕΜΟΝΙ
Ταξί

You might wonder what those accents are for. They're the emphasis marks: where the accent is you put the emphasis. This is a bit tricky in Greek since the emphasis almost always seems to be in the wrong place. For example in English we say tAxi but in Greek it's taxEE. Putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable may change the meaning of the word completely. See "Pronunciation" for more...

 

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