Greek has given Europe its name and English 25% of its vocabulary. If you understand what theater, music, and history mean, you know more Greek than you think. Reaching back to a continuous documented history of more than 3,000 years, Modern Greek is today a language of unique expressiveness and communicative power. At the University of Pittsburgh, you have the chance to sharpen your communication skills and expand your linguistic horizons by immersing yourself in one of our introductory, intermediate, or advanced level Modern Greek courses. Taught by native speaker, Areti Papanastasiou, our courses explore language within the cultural context in which it is used. Whether you are fulfilling your language requirements, connecting with your heritage, or simply curious about the places and sounds of your childhood myths, take Modern Greek and embark on an exciting language journey!
Areti Papanastasiou; firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor bio coming soon!
Do you already speak some Greek? Join us at Greek Table to meet other speakers and practice conversation! Fridays from 2:00-4:00 at the Porch on Forbes.
Ar you interested in Study Abroad? Check out the LCTL Study Abroad page to learn how to study Modern Greek in Greece!
Almost every English word that starts with "ph" comes from Greek. Think physics, philosophy, and photo.
The saying "take the bull by its horns" is derived from Greek.
Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe.
Greece is the only country in the world that receives double its population in tourists.
Greece has the most archaeological museums in the world
The Ancient Greeks were the first Europeans to read and write with an alphabet
The word alphabet comes from the first two letters of the Greek Alphabet (alpha + beta)
Many English technical and scientific terms derive from Greek. For example, Astronomy, Biology, Marathon, Geography, Technology.
Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges
Greece typically has 250 sunny days per year...that's very different from Pittsburgh's 160!
The country of Greece is about the size of Pennsylvania
As many as 13 million people speak Greek
Greek is the official language of Greece and Cyprus
I have traveled a lot since graduation and have found that my knowledge of Greek has come in handy throughout many parts of the world.
I wanted to study Greek in college so that I could connect personally with my family and my Greek identity. This class gave me that!
I learned how language and bilingualism can help unlock new ways of thought, and new approaches to previously complex issues in day to day life.
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