Greek is the official language of Greece and one of the official languages of Cyprus. It is spoken by some 12 million people. The Pimsleur course teaches Modern Greek. It is written using an alphabet which is based on and similar to the ancient Greek alphabet. However, some differences exist, so even if you have some familiarity with ancient Greek letters, you should not assume that their modern counterparts will have the same name, pronunciation, or appearance. Many modern scientific and technical words in English are derived from Greek, and it has been estimated that 12% of the English vocabulary is of Greek origin.
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