Celebrating International Greek Language Day

Sunset view of the blue dome churches of Santorini, Greece, Europe.
February 9 has been declared international Greek language
day in hopes of sparking interest in the language worldwide. The date coincides
with Commemoration Day of Greece’s ‘national poet, Dionysios Solomos, whose
lyrics are featured in the Greek National Anthem.
In its press release, regarding this year’s celebration, the
Ministry of Education writes: “It is important to learn and love the Greek
language, because of its virtues but mainly because it has expressed a great
culture, that shaped and codified the first and statutory layer of the upper
vocabulary and the basic concepts of Western civilization. Over the centuries,
its contribution has been decisive as a means of enhancing and spreading Greek
culture and today, it is considered as one of the world’s oldest languages”.
The celebration was formulated by the Federation of Greek Communities
and Fraternal Organizations of Italy in 2016, and continues to spread worldwide
for the third year in a row.
Education Counselor Georgios Kosyvas stated, “This day is
expected to highlight the constant contribution of the Greek language to the
development of the European and international culture. Our aim is to promote
and disseminate the Greek language trying at the same time to render its
projection and reinforcement an issue of paramount importance, both for the
Greek schools and for the international community. “
To celebrate the event, find three apps below to brush up on
your Greek:
Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/course/el/en/Learn-Greek-Online
Memrise: https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/greek/
Mondly: https://www.mondly.com/


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