As a teacher, I teach my students the importance of learning Greek and Latin roots. I always tell them, “Once you know these, you can have a better chance of decoding the meaning of unfamiliar words.,” said Ms. Language Arts Teacher. It is very helpful for students to know Greek words in order to recognize English words and their meanings. As a matter of fact, there is a charter school in my area that was founded and became popular on that principle. If students know Greek, they can use that knowledge to decipher words that they become exposed to and figure out their meanings. Many medical and science words are from the Greek language. Another thing is that the New Testament was originally written in Ancient Greek!
Below, you will find that there is a link to a website called “The Language Museum. Here you will have the opportunity to explore an incredible way to learn and practice Greek and have fun doing it. There are numerous interactive games that teach you Greek and allow you to play related games to reinforce your learning. The best part is that you can get a trial run for FREE!! Check it out below.
The Greek language is known to be one of the richest languages in the world. “It has been ranked in Guinness Book of World Records as the richest with 5 million words and 70 million word types!! It is said that 12 % of English vocabulary has Greek origin.”( Sotiropoulou, Konstantia. “So Did You Know You Can Speak Greek.” Eurotalk.com, Feb 8, 2013)
Just to give you a comparison, the English dictionary typically has 80,000 words!! What a difference. So whether you are of Greek descent or not, learning the Greek language is beneficial. Not to mention, if you are planning to someday go on your dream vacation to …………., oh yes, Greece, of course, it wouldn’t hurt to know some of the basics.