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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

Γεια σας! Hello! I had a passion about languages and I was keen to discover different cultures through the characteristics of the language and the history of each country. My thirst for knowledge and understanding some of the biggest civilizations in the world, led me to complete a Bachelor degree in Classics. My desire to impart my knowledge and love of learning to children and adults guided me to start teaching since my first year as a student in the Democritus University of Thrace.


Since 2005 I have been teaching students aged between 11-18 years old and adults from many different Schools in United Kingdom, Greece and Slovakia, having each and every day on my mind the following quote of Nikos Kazantzakis, a Greek writer; 'True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own'. I try constantly to support student's future learning through innovative ways such as engaging PowerPoint presentations with mnemonics and videos, easy to remember handouts and educational projects.

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