It belongs to Indo-European family and is the official language of Greece and Cyprus (also in the Turkish part), as well as minority language in Albania, Italy, Armenia, Hungary, and other countries. It is the only language on the Hellenic branch.
Greek is the only Indo-European language having an exceptionally old and well documented written language over the span of 34 centuries.
How Many People Speak Greek
There about 13 million Greek speaking people worldwide.
A Bit of History
The development phases of the language are: Ancient Greek which is subdivided into Mycenean period (the Linear B script from 14th-13th century BC) and Classical Greek (time when the alphabet was adopted from 8th-14th century BC), Hellenic and Roman phase (4th century BC – 4th century AD), Byzantine phase (5th-15th century), and the modern phase.
After Alexander the Great conquered the territory of Greece, the language changed. Vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation changed and some of the changes have been preserved until modern days.
Alexander the Great carried Greek deep into Middle East where it became the standard commerce and government language and co-existed with local languages. The locals of the regions adopted Greek as their second language which later became Koiné Greek.
The Greek language of modern days evolved from Koiné Greek and it is believed it started forming in 1453 when the Byzantine Empire collapsed, and Turks conquered Constantinople.
The Greek Alphabet
A 24-letter alphabet is used to write in Greek since the 8th century AD. It is based on the Phoenician alphabet, but unlike the Phoenician alphabet, not only consonants, but also vowels are used in the Greek alphabet. The letters of the Greek alphabet are also used to denote numbers. Nowadays, the letters of the Greek alphabet are widely used to denote various physical sizes in science. From the Greek alphabet the Latin alphabet, Cyrillic, Coptic and other alphabets formed.
- The Greek alphabet consists of 24 letters, 18 consonants and 7 vowels: α, ε, η, ι, ο, υ, ω.
- The letter γ is pronounced softly, with aspiration, and the sound is produced in a translucent throat such as South Russian, Ukrainian or Belorussian.
- The Letter δ. When pronouncing it, the tongue should be placed behind the upper teeth but without touching them. In this position, try to pronounce d. The resulting sound will be δ [d].
- If we try to pronounce t in the same position of the speech organs, we get θ [t].
- The sound δ [d] is similar to the English letter combination th, for example the words “the”, “this” and the sound θ [t], just like the words think, thanks.
- The letters ξ and ψ denote double consonants, pronounced [kc] and [ps] respectively.
- The letter σ is written at the beginning and middle of the words and the letter ς is written only at the end of the words.
Official Greek Translation of Documents: When is it Needed?
This service is required to process various sources:
- contracts and agreements;
- project estimate documents;
- scientific research works,
- passports and birth certificates;
- marriage and divorce certificates,
- marriage contracts;
- documents for receiving inheritance;
- court documents;
Professional Greek Translation Services
1. Littera Translation Agency provides professional Greek translation services more than 10 years.
2. Littera Translation Agency provides the translation of documents from English into Greek, but also vice versa and in other language combinations like French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and more than 80 world languages.
3.Important! Littera Translation Agency selects a suitable and professional linguist based on the content of the source material and the final target language.
4. When executing an order for translation, when Greek is the target language, the translation is performed by Greek translators and native speakers.
5. All Greek translators are tested, have appropriate education, experience and checked references.
6.Professional translators use modern translators’ tools and new technologies to preserve the same terminology throughout the translation project and provide a professional result.
7.To exclude all kinds of errors and inaccuracies a professional editor reads the translation after it is finished.
A Greek translator is available at Littera Translation Agency. We work with more than 15 Greek translators and proofreaders.
We can help you with a Greek to English translation! We work with more than 80 other languages, as well. Ask our manager for your language pair.
You can look at the costs for Greek translation services in the “Translation prices“ section.
Our Most Frequently Used Greek Translations:
- English – Greek
- Spanish – Greek
- Swedish – Greek
- German – Greek
- French – Greek
- Czech – Greek
- Latvian – Greek
- Finnish – Greek
- Russian– Greek
- Danish – Greek
- Finnish – Greek
100% Quality Translation Services are Provided:
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- translation of documents from English to Greek
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- localization of software into Greek
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- translation of poetry into/from Greek
- translation of books into/from Greek
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