The Greek language may have loaned many words to English and other languages, especially in science. Words such as “philosophy”, “biology”, “theatre”, “history”, “idea”, “politics”, and “Democracy” are of Greek origin. Here is how a few Greek loanwords sound when pronounced in Greek.
There are many more Greek loanwords that are used daily from English-speakers. If you use these words, you already speak Greek and you don’t know it. In a next video we will see how English and other foreign loanwords are pronounced in Greek. It is recommended to watch Helinika’s video titled “You Pronounce Greek wrong. Here is Why.” and learn how to properly pronounce modern Greek words.
Many people agree that the Greek language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. We have already seen a series of outstanding Greek words, such as “απόκοσμος”. Here are six more aesthetically pleasing Greek words to add to your vocabulary!
6 Beautiful Words of Greek Origin
Πετριχώρ (Petrichor): The scent of summer rain.
Στοργή (Storge): The purest and most caring form of love.
Έρωτας (Erotas): Passionate/ romantic love.
Νεφέλη (Nephele): A small cloud; the name of a cloud nymph; a common Greek name for girls.
Did you know that there are 150.000 words of Greek origin in the English vocabulary? Many more languages have also adopted some words – usually anything that starts with “psych” and “phil”. Today’s listening comprehension video exercise will help you understand the roots of some very common words.