The word “alphabet” refers to the first two letters of the Greek alphabet.

Both English and Greek languages’ first alphabet letters are a/a and b/ί respectively.

Although the word “alphabet” actually refers to Greek characters, as the first two letters in the Greek alphabet are alpha (a) and beta (ί).

Greek language have three genders

Most of languages have two genders. The Greek language though, has three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter.

So, when the word “the” is used it can have three different meanings, as in masculine form, it is o; in feminine form, it is ?; and in neuter form, it is t?.

The world’s longest word is Greek

It’s believed that the longest word ever has been written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in his 391 BCE play, Assemblywoman. It consists of 171 letters, and refers to a fictional dish containing several various types of meat.

Around 12% of English words are of Greek origin

It’s well-known that the Greek language has influenced English. There are numerous technical and scientific terms that are of Greek origin.

For instance, mathematics, astronomy, and biology, as well as almost every English word that starts with ph like philosophy, photograph.

English has also influenced Greek

Although English hasn’t affected Greeks the same as Greek has on English, the English language has notably affected Greek.

For instance, the verb frikaro (pronounced “freak-are-oh”) derives from the English word “freak out”, and glamouria derives from “glamour”.

Greek had 2 different official versions since 1976

Greek used to have two different variations since 1976, Demotic and Katharevousa.

The Greek alphabet was the first to use vowels

The Greek alphabet has been used since the 9th century BCE, boasting a long history.

Basically, it was the first alphabet to use vowels, as before that, written language consisted only of consonants.

The Greek question mark seems like a semicolon

Greek punctuation seems like it resembles with English one but it actually differs.

For example, the Greek question mark is the English semicolon (;), and is used at the end of questions.

Greeks used to write from right to left

Like modern-day Hebrew and Arabic, ancient Greek used to be written from right to left. Today, it’s written only from left to right, after a period of boustrophedon, meaning that lines changed between right-to-left and left-to-right script.

Greek is difficult to learn

Greek language is considered one of the most difficult to learn, as its Grammar is very complicated and full or rules, compared to others.

The main difficulty though of the Greek Language, arises with knowing where the stress is put, or the meaning changes completely.

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