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Why Learn Greek?

Any foreign language is a great asset for young Americans. In particular, Greek has several extra advantages. Learning Greek will help you:

  • exercise the brain by learning another alphabet
  • learn additional languages easier
  • understand better your OWN (English) language (about 25% of the English vocabulary is of Greek origin)
  • learn the Modern Greek culture and understand yours better (by looking at it from a different angle)
  • more easily do research on Greek history, from Post Hellenistic times to today
  • communicate when traveling,
  • enjoy music, songs, poetry and literature
  • learn about food and Greek cooking!
  • communicate with relatives, friends and Greek spouses.