9 Things To Avoid When Travel to Greece

Last updated on November 4th, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Greek Island in the Aegean
Greek Island in the Aegean

Rich history, old-fashioned architecture, and the best part of all— Greek food.

Greece is a country so rich in so many aspects that you might find it hard to squeeze in all the sights to see and all the souvlakis to try during a short stay in this glorious place.

With so many ancient cities to school, you about Greek history and mythologies, a trip to Greece isn’t only limited to leisure and some time under the sun. It’s also about walking along with historical sites and experiencing first hand these famous cities that we only read about in books.

I know you’re excited to take that flight to the cradle of Western civilization, but we’d have to burst your bubble for a little while to remind you of some of the things to avoid when visiting Greece.

Don’t Show to much skin when visiting churches

Greece is clad with beautiful churches and monasteries that any tourist would be tempted to visit and well, snap photos of, but keep in mind that these establishments should be treated with respect.

Greeks are particular about wearing proper clothes when entering a church. It’s best that you follow the dress code when you plan to visit any of these sites to avoid getting called out by locals and churchgoers.

For men, long shorts and trousers will do, while long skirts for women are the most appropriate. Make sure you pack enough of these clothing items since there are a lot of churches and monasteries to visit in Greece. No need to worry about your carry-on luggage dimensions, with proper rolling and stacking, your long skirts and trousers will fit right in your bag, that’s for sure.

Whether you’re religious or not, you should try to abide by this particular dress rule because that’s how you show respect to the culture.

Don’t go shopping mid-day and on Sundays

Greeks are known to keep plenty of traditions, one of which includes something about their shopping habits.

For shopaholics out there, don’t try to shop during mid-day or on Sundays if you don’t want to come up empty-handed. Greeks value their siesta time so much, so don’t waste your time going out to shop at noon as markets and shopping centers will likely be closed.

However, if you really have no other time to do your shopping but during mid-day, large malls in Athens are continuously open up until the evening every day of the week except Sundays.

All the above are concerned large towns and in any case not large or small tourist areas, where you are really welcome to shop at any time of the day, every day.

Don’t rely on credit cards, unless on a tourist or large area

If you’re the type of traveler who relies on credit cards every time you go out, you might want to consider giving them rest when you’re in Greece.

Greeks love cash, especially in remote areas and the less touristy places. Sure, you can use your cards everywhere, at the hotel and all the big restaurants in town, but if you plan to go on a tour at less crowded spots and traditional tavernas, then your cards might not be of great use as Greek people don’t seem to love them much.

Always carry cash with you to enjoy the rest of your stay, so you become more likable. Otherwise, you might need to withdraw at the nearest ATM around town.

Don’t take photos of military facilities

Out of respect for international rules, we should always abide by them to avoid any trouble with authorities.

In the case of Greeks, they don’t want their military facilities to be the center of your travel photos, especially in some sensitive areas like the one in the Aegean islands near the Turkish border.

Don’t touch artifacts in museums

I think if you’ve traveled well enough, you know that museums have restrictions when it comes to touching exhibits. And they are strict about such rules.

In Greece, their museums and galleries are more strict about this because of certain archaeological materials present in the country. Some of these artifacts are century-old, so they are well-guarded and are often inside a glass window or in a safe location.

Don’t do the moutza

If you’re unfamiliar with moutza, it’s a very well known Greek gesture to show disapproval and to insult someone. Hands are extended while all five fingers are open.

When you’re in Greece, be mindful of this specific gesture, some locals might mistake you for doing a moutza, which might be taken as an offense. Greeks find this really offensive, so try to avoid this as much as possible.

Don’t get intimidated of the Greek alphabet

The Greek alphabet may look intimidating, but even if it looks strange to you just remember that it is the ancestor of the Latin alphabet that you use, and cannot be so alien as some people think, in fact, the Greek language is the source of 10% of all English words used today. You speak Greek but you just don’t know it yet, have a look here.

The Greek language does carry a good amount of history up to its sleeve so when visiting this country, make sure to bring some Greek words with you.

Besides, learning a new language, especially one with a challenging alphabet, could mean a whale of fulfillment on your part. I don’t know about you, but it really feels good to be able to understand foreign signages when traveling abroad.

If it helps you embrace the country and its culture more, Greeks are known to be friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask for some help understanding their language.

Don’t drink the tap water unless they tell you its ok

For common health reasons, drinking tap water is not advisable when you’re anywhere in the world and not just in Greece.
There are areas, even close to each other where drinking their tap water is perfectly safe, and other places where it is not potable, especially when you’re in Mykonos and Santorini, just to remind you that most of Aegean islands are almost dry and they bring water from the mainland that is mixed with some desalinated water from some drillings!

Therefore, while these Greek islands are famous for their gorgeous setting and vibe, the water from the tap is extensively high on minerals, so it is not good for you to ever try to drink directly from their tap if you don’t want to stay inside your hotel room the entire day because of not feeling well.

The ones in some areas of Athens and Thessaloniki might be safe, but not everywhere.

Let’s be clear, the tap water in all over Greece is not contaminated with any microorganisms or bacteria, the only problem is the high concentration of minerals that makes it not potable only in some areas, so ask your hotelier or your travel agent to be sure if the tap water in your area is potable or not.

In any case, and to be on the safe side, it’s still best to just buy bottled water, which is priced fairly cheap to avoid incurring water-related gut illnesses.

Don’t try to drive like a Greek

Well, we all know how Greeks go crazy when it comes to driving. It’s like fast and the furious all day and every day, especially in Athens. But just a reminder: you are not a Greek, so don’t ever try to keep up with them when it comes to driving.

Remember that the vast majority of drivers in the big towns are working people who are in a harry to get to their jobs, you are a tourist seeking a relaxing time, so be careful and respect their daily habits.
Things are much better and more polite in the large tourist islands and tourist areas.

Road safety should still be your topmost priority when driving. When you encounter one that’s really wild on the road, just pull over and let them pass. Remember to keep your eyes glued on the road ahead of you, while you also make sure to check the sidelines for incoming fast cars.

Greece is generally one of the best European countries to visit! There are a lot of things that you can do in this country of gods and goddesses, just be mindful about their lifestyle and culture to avoid any street brawl with brawny Greeks!

Geraldine-Mills

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Geraldine Mills

I live to let go, I live to travel far and wide. I live to imprint my feet in different places, in different spaces.

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With a Dog on the Beach
With a Dog on the Beach

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The life of a nomad world-traveler is appealing to millions of people. Movies glorify packing up and leaving at the drop of a hat. Of course, real-life responsibilities often require advance planning up to a year ahead of your departure date.

If you’re a dog owner, one of the responsibilities is deciding if your pup will also make the trek or stay home while you globetrot.

One bucket list destination is Greece and its islands. The Mediterranean is a popular European vacation spot.

What’s so attractive about the Greek Islands?

The pristine blue-green waters and sandy, white shores attract droves of tourists. Others come to immerse themselves in thousands of years of history and artifacts.

There are over 6000 islands off the coast of Greece, but only around 300 of those are accessible from the mainland.

Ready to make the journey to these pristine islands? Whether your trip is business or pleasure will greatly affect whether your canine companion comes along.

So, after your decision the question arises:

Is Greece dog friendly?

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The Old Fortress of Corfu town

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European countries and cities are often more dog-friendly than states and cities in the U.S. Greece is a country where it’s not uncommon to see dogs in pubs, food stores, or on the train. Conversely, federal regulations in the United States ban pets from areas where food is being sold, such as bars and grocery stores.

There’s not much point in bringing your pup all the way to another country only to find out they aren’t allowed in public spaces or even your hotel room. While many hotels and accommodations are dog-friendly, it’s imperative to ask when booking the room.

Smaller boutiques are less likely to approve dogs, whereas more pet-centric hotels have parks and gardens on the premises that are accessible to canines.

If you’re traveling to Greece, you likely plan at least one visit to the beach. You’ll be happy to know that the European country doesn’t have a law explicitly prohibiting dogs from these public areas. However, common etiquette requires owners to clean up after their pups and not let them disturb other visitors.

Dogs can even go in the water, but keep in mind that not everyone wants to share the water with your pet. If possible, it’s best to find a more secluded area of the beach. It’s also important to be aware that ingesting sand can be bad for dogs. Their digestion system isn’t equipped to digest sand, which can possibly cause it to block their intestines.

In addition, the water in the sea isn’t drinkable for dogs (or humans.) If you’re visiting the beach, it’s best to bring your own freshwater for yourself and your canine friend. It can be almost impossible to stop a dog from drinking seawater, so it’s important that your dog be well-trained to follow your commands before your trip overseas.

Getting to the Greek Islands

Flying to Greek islands
Flying to Greek islands

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The fastest route to the mainland from other areas of the world is by flying. But once you’re on the mainland, how do you get to any of the inhabited islands? The Greek Archipelago are typically reached by boat, ferry or aircraft.

Each of these transportation options has its own rules and regulations regarding allowing pets aboard. Greek law only considers cats, dogs, and ferrets to be importable pets. Birds are banned from being brought into the country at all.

Flying to Greece with a dog

Typically, only small dogs are allowed in the cabin of aircraft or watercraft. They must be contained in a carrier and under a certain weight.

Necessary Documentations and Other Requirements for Travelling with Your Dog

Your country of origin greatly determines the ease of which you can travel with your pet to Greece. Home countries within Europe have less strict requirements than those of tourists from the United States.

Travelers from any European country only need the following things:

  • Pet passport with rabies vaccination information
  • Electronic microchip with information that matches the pet passport

The documents needed for US residents traveling to Greece and its islands are more extensive. They include:

  • Pet passport
  • Electronic microchip
  • Rabies vaccination certificate within 30 days of the visit but less than one-year-old
  • A Certificate of Health from veterinarian dated within 10 days of the trip
  • Greece does not require quarantine

Each of the 200+ Greek Islands may also require additional documentation. Thorough research is required if you plan to leave the mainland and visit the islands. Greece requires rabies vaccinations because the country is virtually free from rabies and they’d like to keep it that way.

Don’t forget that you may need even more documentation for admittance back into your home country. It may also have different quarantine laws than Greece, which is one of the few countries that doesn’t require quarantine.

Taking Your Dog Abroad is Possible with Proper Research and Preparation

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We all have days where we want to drive to the airport and buy the cheapest ticket to anywhere else. It would be a great story to tell, but for most people, that’s exactly what it is: fiction. The hard truth is vacationing with a pup is anything but impulsive.

Sure, maybe once you get to the beach, you can put your feet up and relax. But to make that happen requires a lot of research and planning first. Taking a trip out of the country demands even more extensive preparation.

The first thing to consider is if your pup would be happier and safer at home. In some cases, such as moving to a new country, you don’t have a choice. However, it’s vital to weigh the potential risks of transporting your dog to a new country.

The most likely mode of transportation to Greece is an airplane. Many airlines require dogs over a certain size to be caged in the cargo area. In all likelihood, even the most laid-back canine finds this experience stressful, if not downright terrifying.

Once you get your pup to Greece safely, however, they will love romping on the beach and soaking in the sun. Just make sure you begin collecting the required documentation well in advance unless otherwise noted.

Leo Wilson

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Leo Wilson graduated with a university major in animal health and behavior. He had over a decade of experience working in the pet industry and has contributed many dogs and pet-related articles to several websites before he decided to start sharing his knowledge on his own blog Cyber Pet. And when he is not busy working, he and his wonderful wife love spending time at home with their 3 dogs and 2 cats.

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Sagrado – What does this word finally mean?

Last updated on January 9th, 2022 at 12:35 pm

Many of you may know the small Italian town of Sagrado northeast of Venice near the border with Slovenia.

Some may also know that in Spanish it means Holy or Holy Place or something similar.

Of course, very few will know what Sagrado was in Medieval and Venetian Corfu, this is what we will try to explain below.

Let us emphasize here that anything follows is derived from stories told by older people who also learned these stories from older generations, so there may be some dose of imagination or exaggeration mainly about the usefulness of this space (Sagrado) and not about the meaning which is not disputed, as is their existence.

In Corfu of Venetian rule (1386-1797), the executive power, and not just this, belonged to the nobility, they did and treated the poor people almost as they wished.

Every aristocratic family had its own tower or a large house with orchards and gardens around it, and almost everything had a Sagrado, this is a fact.

Sagrado was an underground, narrow, and very deep space like a gallery never be seen by the sun.
Built with large stones and only one entrance that could be hermetically closed with a double door.

They were usually located in the basements of the mansions or in their enclosures as a separate building, in that case, it had an arched entrance.
The Sagrado, located in the basements of the mansions, usually had another entrance from above, a well-hidden hatch that opened in exceptional cases.

In the photo, we see the entrance of a Sagrado in the mansion of Konte(Count) Rivellis.

Sagrado entrance in Rivellis mansion
Sagrado entrance in Rivellis mansion

And here is the drama of history.

The arbitrariness of the nobles in those times was the norm and it covered all aspects of daily life.

Stories like the following were very common among the locals of past centuries.

Nobles did not only determine the financial situation of those who worked for them, but also their lives.

For a worker to claim his money was equivalent to death.

If he became too pressing then the count would invite him to his house to pay him, thereafter putting him standing on top of the hatch, and the poor man was falling to Sagrado where he was going to find a slow and excruciating death, usually by starvation.

The same thing could happen for anyone who became unpleasant or dangerous to the noble, he disappeared without a trace and none dared to search for him.

If someone applied for a loan and took it, usually with a mortgage on his house, he would probably lose both his property and his life.

Because if he could repay the loan, the count would summon him, and after taking the money back, he would extinguish it in Sagrado, and after presenting the signed paper on the mortgage he would also get the house.

If he wasn’t able to pay, the count would call him with a pretext for a new settlement and he would disappear.

Needless to say, the only law that existed then was the law of the mighty.

The official version for the use of Sagrado

The official version for the construction and use of Sagrado is that they were wine cellars or storage areas.
There is another version that wants them to be catacombs – family graves of the nobles.

But there is also a legend about an institution imposed by the Venetians.

According to this institution, the hunted, criminals, and fugitives had the right to seek asylum in a noble’s mansion.

If they managed, before being arrested, to simply touch the door knocker of the mansion’s gate, prosecution by the official authorities would cease, and justice and possible punishment would now go to Conte’s jurisdiction.

Those who committed petty offenses continued for the rest of their lives as slaves to Konte, while criminals were locked up in Sagrado where they usually died.

This was how the place was cleansed from thugs and the poachers were scared and remained quiet.

It is said that only a few nobles such as Sordinas, Kourkoumelis, Androutselis, and Rivellis were granted the license to give asylum, but most likely there were more.

The horrible reality

The Sagrado gained a terrible reputation, for they were, in fact, dark dungeons where criminals and/or innocents have died, so Sagrados were used as tools of fear for the people, and extermination tools for the nobles to accomplish their aims, very horrible and exceedingly myths were cultivated.

Old ruined noble house in Corfu
Old ruined noble house in Corfu

However exaggerated the myths about the sagradο maybe, cannot be all lies, the nobles then, in order to keep their privileges and to get rid of their dangerous opponents, did not hesitate in front of anything.

During the occupation of Corfu by the axis forces, the Germans opened the sealed entrance of a Sagrado in which human skeletons were found, with no trace of coffins and scattered around, surely it was not a family grave!

So this was Sagrado, an underground, narrow and very deep space used by the ruling class of nobles to eliminate the dangerous, their opponents and the poor people.

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Best Restaurants in Paleokastritsa

Last updated on January 13th, 2022 at 12:21 pm

Tango Cafe Paleokastritsa
Tango Cafe Paleokastritsa

Paleokastritsa on the west side of Corfu is best known for its natural beauty. But apart from the exciting views and beautiful beaches, it has tons of shops, rooms, hotels, and of course many restaurants.

More than 20 restaurants are scattered mainly around and near the beaches.

Especially the central beach of Agios Spiridon has more than 5 restaurants in its area.

Vrachos, Il Pirata, Mediterraneo with Italian food, Zepiros, Gialos, and Nikos restaurant are all here to give you a wide choice.

In front of Alipa port, there is Alipa restaurant and a little east the Dolphin, Belvedere, and Horizon restaurants.

Moving Eastwards to Agia Triada beach you will find Taverna Andreas, Gran Aladino, The Meraklis, Petrino garden, Taverna Nafsika, The Greek-way grill, Akron beach bar, Poseidon restaurant, Nereids restaurant-bar, Unlimit food bar, and Creperie Makis.

At the entrance of Paleokastritsa and on the way to Corfu town there are some more restaurants, Elia taverna, Zorbas, and Spiros restaurant.

Restaurants in Neighboring villages

In the wider area, there are two villages, very close to the resort. Liapades with an extraordinary beach at the east and Lakones, a mountain village just above the hill.

There are many more restaurants there, from Lakones particularly the view to the beach is spectacular.

In Liapades we find the restaurants: Thalassa, The Village diner, The Bar Blue Princes, the pub La Grotta, Aria’s grill room, Aspros taverna, and Costas grill house.

And in Lakones: Flavor restaurant, Il Pozzo, Boulis, Golden Fox, Bellavista, Dolce cafe, and Orea Thea. Quite a number for a mountain tiny village!

As you can see, Your choices are so many.

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How Many Greek Words Are Used in English? List of 150.000

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Last updated on January 12th, 2022 at 11:06 pm

Influence of the Greek(Hellenic) language in today’s word

How many Greek words are in the English language

The Guinness Book of Records ranks the Hellenic language as the richest in the world with 5 million words and 70 million word types!

Hellenic roots are often used to coin new words for other languages, especially in the sciences and medicine.

Mathematics, physics, astronomy, democracy, philosophy, athletics, theatre, rhetoric, baptism, and hundreds of other words are Hellenic(Greek), this is a FACT

Parthenon
Parthenon

Greek words and word elements continue to be productive as a basis for coinages: anthropology, photography, telephony, isomer, biomechanics, cinematography, etc…

In a typical everyday 80,000-word English dictionary, about 5% of the words are directly borrowed from Greek; (for example, “phenomenon” is a Hellenic word and even obeys Hellenic grammar rules as the plural is “phenomena”), and another 25% are borrowed indirectly.

So, about 150.000 words in modern English have direct or indirect origin from the ancient Greek language.

This is because there were many Hellenic words borrowed in Latin originally, which then filtered down into English because English borrowed so many words from Latin (for example, “elaiwa” in Greek evolved into the Latin “oliva”, which in turn became “olive” in English).

So, 30% of English words are…Greek!

Hellenic and Latin are the predominant sources of the international scientific vocabulary, however, the percentage of words borrowed from Greek rises much higher than Latin when considering highly scientific vocabulary (for example, “oxytetracycline” is a medical term that has three Hellenic roots).

And finally, had you ever wondered how the world was going to be if the Greek language never existed?

Most of this article is borrowed from this website, so greetings belong to them.

Greek words in the English language
Greek words in the English language
Learn 100 Greek words in 10 minutes!

List of Greek words in English

Only an example of a few words of Greek origin is below with their writing in the modern Greek language and their spelling with Latin characters. Practically unchanged since antiquity.

  • Academy = Ακαδημία (Akademia)
  • Acrobat = Ακροβάτης (Akrovates)
  • Air = Αέρας, Αήρ (Aeras)
  • Airplane = Αεροπλάνο (Aeroplano)
  • Anatomy = Ανατομία (Anatomia)
  • Angel = Άγγελος (Aggelos)
  • Anti = Αντι (Anti)
  • Archaeo = Αρχαιο (Archaeo)
  • Architect = Αρχιτέκτων (Architekton)
  • Aroma = Άρωμα (Aroma)
  • Astronaut = Αστροναύτης (Astronaftis)
  • Athlete = Αθλητής (Athleetees)
  • Atlas = Άτλας (Atlas)
  • Atmosphere = Ατμόσφαιρα (Atmosphera)
  • Atom = Άτομο (Atomo)
  • Auto = Αυτο (Afto)
  • Bacterium = Βακτήριον (Vakterion)
  • Base = Βάση (Vasee)
  • Bible = Βίβλος (Veevlos)
  • Bio = Βιο (Veeo)
  • Biology = Βιολογία (Viologia)
  • Box = Βοξ (Vox)
  • Cemetery = Κοιμητήριο (Keemeeteerio)
  • Centre = Κέντρο (Kentro)
  • Centro = Κέντρο (Kentro)
  • Chair = Καρέκλα (Karekla)
  • Chaos = Χάος (Chaos)
  • Character = Χαρακτήρ (Characteer)
  • Chorus = Χορός (Choros)
  • Chromo = Χρωμο (Chromo)
  • Chronological = Χρονολογικό (Chronologiko)
  • Cinema = Κινημα (Kinima)
  • Climate = Κλιμα, Κλιματικό (Klimatiko)
  • Clinic = Κλινική (Kliniki)
  • Comedy = Κωμωδία (Komodeea)
  • Cosmos = Κόσμος (Kosmos)
  • Cube = Κύβος (Kyvos)
  • Cycle = Κύκλος (Kyklos)
  • Cyclo = Κυκλο (Kyklo)
  • Decade = Δεκάδα (Decada)
  • Demo = Δημο (Deemo)
  • Democracy = Δημοκρατία (Deemokrateea)
  • Devil = Διάβολος (Diavolos)
  • Diagram = Διάγραμμα (Diagrama)
  • Dialogue = Διάλογος (Dialogos)
  • Diet = Δίαιτα (Dieta)
  • Diplomat = Διπλωμάτης (Diplomates)
  • Dinosaur = Δεινόσαυρος (Dinosavros)
  • Disc = Δίσκος (Diskos)
  • Drama = Δράμα (Drama)
  • Dynasty = Δυναστεία (Dynasteia)
  • Dys = Δυσ (Dys)
  • Echo = Ηχώ (Echo)
  • Ecology = Οικολογία (Ekologia)
  • Economy = Οικονομία (Ekonomia)
  • Ecstasy = Έκσταση (Ekstasi)
  • Electric = Ηλεκτρικό (Elektriko)
  • Electronic = Ηλεκτρονικό (Eelektroniko)
  • Energy = Ενέργεια (Energeia)
  • Enthusiasm = Ενθουσιασμός (Enthousiasmos)
  • Episode = Επεισόδιο (Episodeio)
  • Erotic = Ερωτικό (Erotiko)
  • Ethics = ‘Ηθη (Ethe)
  • Eu = Ευ (Ef)
  • Euro = Ευρώ (Evro)
  • Europe = Ευρώπη (Evropee)
  • Fantasy = Φαντασία (Fantasia)
  • Galaxy = Γαλαξίας (Galaxias)
  • Genetic = Γενετικός (Genetikos)
  • Geography = Γεωγραφία (Geographia)
  • Geometry = Γεωμετρία (Geometria)
  • Giant = Γίγαντας (Gigantas)
  • Grammatical = Γραμματικό (Grammatiko)
  • Graph = Γραφ (Graph)
  • Guitar = Κιθάρα (Kithara)
  • Harmony = Αρμονία (Armonia), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Helicopter = Ελικόπτερο (Elikoptero), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hercules = Ηρακλής (Eraklees), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hero = Ήρως (Iros), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hippopotamus = Ιπποπόταμος (Ipopotamos), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • History = Ιστορία (Eestoreea), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Horizon = Ορίζοντας (Orizontas), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hormone = Ορμόνη (Ormonee), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Horoscope = Ωροσκόπιο (Oroskopio), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hour = Ώρα (Ora), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hydro = Υδρο (Ydro), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hymn = Ύμνος (Ymnos), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hypo = Υπο (Ypo), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hyper = Υπερ (Yper), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Hypnotic = Υπνωτικό(Ypnotiko), the “h” is rejected in modern Greek.
  • Idea = Ιδέα (Idea)
  • Idiot = Ιδιώτης (Idiotes)
  • Idol = Είδωλο (Idolo)
  • Irony = Ειρωνία (Ironea)
  • Jealous = Ζήλεια (Zelia)
  • Kilogram = Χιλιόγραμμο (Chiliogrammo)
  • Kilometer = Χιλιόμετρο (Chiliometro)
  • Kinetic = Κινητικό (Kinetiko)
  • Lion = Λέων (Leon)
  • Logic = Λογικό (Logiko)
  • Logo = Λογο (Logo)
  • Lyrics = Λυρισμός (Lyrismos)
  • Machine = Μηχανή (Mechane)
  • Macro = Μακρο (Makro)
  • Mega = Μεγα (Mega)
  • Magic = Μαγικό (Magiko)
  • Meta = Μετα (Meta)
  • Metaphor = Μεταφορά (Metaphora)
  • Metropolis = Μητρόπολις (Metropolis)
  • Micro = Μικρο (Mikro)
  • Mono = Μονο (Mono)
  • Muse = Μούσα (Musa)
  • Mystery = Μυστήριο (Mysterio)
  • Myth = Μύθος (Mythos)
  • Nectar = Νεκταρ (Nektar)
  • Neon = Νέον (Neon)
  • Nike = Νίκη (Nike)
  • Nine = Εννέα (Enea)
  • Ocean = Ωκεανός (Okeanos)
  • Olympic = Ολυμπιακός (Olympiakos)
  • Orchestra = Ορχήστρα (Orcheestra)
  • Organism = Οργανισμός (Organismos)
  • Orgasm = Οργασμός (Orgasmos)
  • Oxyzen = Οχυγόνο (Oxygono)
  • Paleo = Παλαιο (Paleo)
  • Panic = Πανικός (Panikos)
  • Panther = Πάνθηρας (Pantheras)
  • Paper = Πάπυρος (Papeeros)
  • Para = Παρα (Para)
  • Paradise = Παράδεισος (Paradeisos)
  • Patriot = Πατριώτης (Patriotes)
  • Pause = Παύση (Pafsi)
  • Pepper = Πιπέρι (Peperi)
  • Period = Περίοδος (Periodos)
  • Phase = Φάση (Phasee)
  • Philo = Φιλο (Philo)
  • Philosophy = Φιλοσοφία (Philosophia)
  • Photo = Φωτο (Photo)
  • Photography = Φωτογραφία (Photografia)
  • Physic = Φυσική (Physike)
  • Planet = Πλανήτης (Planeetes)
  • Poem = Ποίημα (Peema)
  • Pole = Πόλος (Polos)
  • Poly = Πολυ (Poly)
  • Pro = Προ (Pro)
  • Program = Πρόγραμμα (Programma)
  • Pseudo = Ψευδο (Psevdo)
  • Psycho = Ψυχο (Psycho)
  • Psychology = Ψυχολογία (Psychologia)
  • Pyro = Πυρο (Pyro)
  • Rhapsody = Ραψωδία (Rapsodia)
  • Rhythm = Ρυθμός (Rythmos)
  • Rhinoceros = Ρινόκερως (Rinokeros)
  • Sarcasm = Σαρκασμός (Sarkasmos)
  • Scene = Σκηνή (Skene)
  • Schizophrenia = Σχιζοφρένεια (Schizophrenia)
  • School = Σχολείο (Scholeeo)
  • Sphere = Σφαίρα (Sphera)
  • Star = Αστήρ (Asteer)
  • Stereo = Στέρεο (Stereo)
  • Strategy = Στρατηγική (Strategiki)
  • Sycophant = Συκοφάντης (Sykophantes)
  • Syllable = Συλλαβή (Syllavee)
  • Symbol = Σύμβολο (Symvolo)
  • Symmetry = Συμμετρία (Symmetria)
  • Sympathy = Συμπάθεια (Sympatheia)
  • Symphony = Συμφωνία (Symphonia)
  • Syntax = Σύνταξη (Syntaksi)
  • System = Σύστημα (Systeema)
  • Tactic = Τακτική (Taktikee)
  • Talent = Ταλέντο (Talento)
  • Techno = Τεχνο (Techno)
  • Technology = Τεχνολογία (Technologia)
  • Telescope = Τηλεσκόπιο (Teleskopio)
  • Telephone = Τηλέφωνο (Telephono)
  • Television = Τηλεόραση (Teleorasi)
  • Theatre = Θέατρο (Theatro)
  • Theme = Θέμα (Thema)
  • Theory = Θεωρία (Theoria)
  • Therapy = Θεραπεία (Therapia)
  • Thermo = Θερμο (Thermo)
  • Thermometer = Θερμόμετρο (Thermometro)
  • Third = Τρίτο (Treeto)
  • Tone = Τόνος (Tonos)
  • Tragedy = Τραγωδία (Tragodia)
  • Triumph = Θρίαμβος (Thriamvos)
  • Type = Τύπος (Typos)
  • Utopia = Ουτοπία (Utopeea)
  • Zone = Ζώνη (Zonee)
  • Zoo = Ζωο (Zoo)
  • Zoology = Ζωολογία (Zoologia)

Also, almost all words that start with “PH” are of Greek origin!

We must stop here, impossible to write down all the 150.000 Greek words used in English!

If you are one of those who say “It’s all Greek to me” just follow a couple of simple tips.

Most important, the Latin sound of “C” is “K” in Greek. For Greeks, the sound of “C” is written and pronounced always with “S”.

Keep in mind that the “TH” sound is written with “Θ” in Greek.

The ancient Greek B originally sounded like B in English today, but now it is written with “MΠ” and the letter “Β” sounds like “V”.

All ancient Greek words that start with “H”, History, for instance, were written without the letter “Η” and the first letter was aspirated instead, this aspirate is abolished today and the sound of “H” is not pronounced.

Anywhere you see an “Ω” or “Ο” both pronounced as “O”, there are some more minor differences. But slowly you will find out that you start to make sense.

Latin alphabet, after all, is the natural evolution of the Greek Euboean alphabet.

Finally, you will see that saying “is all Greek to me” is a non-sense expression, it’s more appropriate to say “it’s all Chinese to me“.

After all, the so-called Indo-European languages have something in common, the Phoenician alphabet which is the common ancestor for all alphabets in Europe.

They are all Hellenic(Greek)

According to one estimate, more than 150,000 words of English are derived from Greek words…source:www.britishcouncil.org

Now that you have seen how many Greek words you know, You shouldn’t feel stranger when you visit Greece, you are a native Greek-speaking person, you just don’t know it yet! Learn about this.
Learn 100 Greek words in 10 minutes!

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Paleopolis: The Discovered Ancient City of Corfu

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If you fancy a journey in your imagination explore the site of the ancient city of Corfu, known as Paleopolis (Old City).
It was discovered after archaeological excavations during the last century. The city was founded in the 8th century BC by Dorian Greeks from Korinth.… Read More

Corfu Museums: Archaeological, Byzantine, Banknotes

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Due to rich historical and cultural heritage, the museums in Corfu are many and offer a wide variety of exhibits from Neolithic times to the present, there are also cultural museums dedicated to the rich intellectual life of the Ionian Islands, a bright example is Corfu Reading Society.… Read More

Corfu – Aqueduct of Commissioner Frederick Adam in Benitses

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On an island like Corfu, with huge rainfall and rich and inexhaustible water table, one would expect that the water supply of the city of Corfu with plenty of good quality water would be an easy task, but this is not the case.… Read More

Ruins of Roman Villa with Baths in Benitses

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Roman remains are not something many visitors associate with Corfu, but traveling around you can get glimpses which show you that their occupation was definitely not a quick holiday stop! Many conquerors have left their marks on the island.… Read More

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