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Official language of Greece and Cyprus

  • Greek language is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
  • It is the official language of Greece and Cyprus and few other neighbouring countries.
  • 10% of English words and 30% of English vocabulary consists, directly and indirectly, of words of Classical Greek origin.
  • Over fifty thousand English words are derived from the Greek language.
  • The language has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.
  • Clay tablet unearthed in 1900 named Linear A / B is probably the oldest surviving record of an ancient Greek dialect
  • Greek was the first official language of the ancient Christian church and the language of education in Roman Empire.
  • As many as 13 million people speak Greek.
  • Greek has been written in the Greek alphabet since approximately the 9th century BC.
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