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About the language


Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, having the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. The Greek alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Coptic, and many other writing systems.

Key facts about the Greek Language and Greece:

Greek is the official language of Greece (also called Hellenic Republic) and one of the official languages of Cyprus (also called Republic of Cyprus), and is spoken by about 13 million people mainly in Greece and Cyprus.

30% of the English vocabulary is estimated that consists, directly and indirectly, of words of Classical Greek origin. Most of them are technical and scientific terms.

Words of Greek origin are often used at the beginning of a word, such as:
aero from ἀήρ [aeer], air
auto from αὐτός [aftos], self

Human history in Greece goes back to 120,000 BC, with evidence found in the Petralona cave from a northern Greek province. Greece is recognized as the birthplace of Western civilization, starting with the Cycladic civilization in 3200 BC.

Greece has more than 2,000 islands including all sizes, of which approximately 170 are inhabited.

There are big Greek and Cypriot communities in the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Canada, Chile, South Africa and Russia, but also in neighbouring countries, such as Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

About Speak Greek
Speak Greek promotes Greek language and Culture in Greater Manchester through a series of initiatives. Since 2017, Speak Greek offers bespoke lessons of Greek to all levels of learners by using interactive and engaging teaching methods. Other activities include: monthly free Greek conversation classes for adults, weekly support groups for children, a Greek library, play reading groups, sessions on Greek cuisine, dance classes, educational programs for schools, a pen pal project. 

About us

Iraklis Lampadariou
Founder of Speak Greek, Classics Teacher

Iraklis Lampadariou is a Greek Teacher (BA Greek Philology, QTS, CELTA). He has taught Modern Greek, Ancient Greek and Latin in various schools in Greece, Slovakia and the UK. In the past few years he has dedicated his career to promoting the study of Greek as a second/foreign language and to designing educational resources specifically aimed at secondary school pupils studying for Modern Greek GCSE. Iraklis is the founder of Speak Greek, Saita Publications and Discimus, a platform with hundreds of free resources for teaching Latin. He is also one of the founding members of the initiative for teaching the Greek language in the United Kingdom as well as the author of a number of books aimed at GCSE students, children, parents and teachers. His online house hosts more detailed information about the multifaceted activities he is involved in. 

Iraklis is committed to using a variety of delivery techniques and resources in order to tailor teaching to the needs of each student and make lessons fun and challenging. History and culture have always occupied a central place in his teaching philosophy and aided him in keeping students motivated and spreading the love for Greek language. 

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