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How has Greek influenced European languages?

Did you know that the idiom ‘crocodile tears’ (i.e. a hypocrite crying fake tears of grief) is thought to come from the Greek antiquity and popular belief that crocodiles weep while eating their victims? 

Jean Michel’s Greek learning journey has been illuminating and he’s discovered the influence of one of the oldest Indo-European languages in Western culture. The Ancient Greeks were the first to use a ‘true’ alphabet with both vowels and consonants. Many words of Greek origin are usually related to philosophy, science, culture and the arts. In this article, we will focus on English and French.

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Is there a universal word?!

Is there a universal word? Is that even possible?

Languages are so incredibly diverse that it’s tough to believe that every language has a word in common. However, according to the cross-linguist study made by the
Max Planck Institute, it is true! The word is…