The Greek language - spoken by around 15 million people
Οι σοφοί άνδρες μιλούν επειδή έχουν να πουν κάτι. Οι ανόητοι επειδή κάτι πρέπει να πουν [pronounced: Ee sophee anthres meeloun epeethee ekhoun na poun katee. Ee anoitee epeethee katee prepeee na poun]
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something” – Plato
Greek is the official language of Greece and one of the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus. It is also a recognised minority language in countries such as Turkey, Albania, Ukraine, Italy, Romania, Hungary and Armenia and is spoken by around 15 million people.
With over 34 centuries of written records, Greek has the longest chronicled history of all the Indo-European family of languages. Greek has seen many changes throughout its rich history; the ‘Linear B’ is the ancient form, ‘Classical Greek’ is the renowned form used by the great ancient Greek writers and philosophers. It was at this time that the language divided in to 3 dominating dialects, Ionic, Doric and Aeolic which eventually morphed in to Attic, the form most used in classical Greek literature. It was during the reign of Alexander the Great that the Attic dialect was adapted and simplified to the Hellenistic Koiné language (also referred to as “common). The Middle Ages saw the appearance of Byzantine /Medieval Greek which dominated the Byzantine Empire until its fall in 1453 where the language broke into dialects once again.
Under its many rulerships Greece had lost its identity and a solution was needed to unify the country once more. An initial move was to formulate the Modern Language on the ancient principals. Consequently, the katharevoussa language was created. It was however deemed as the language of the educated and only really used at official events, in education and religion, whilst the dimotiki language continued to be used in everyday life by the working class. This division led to political and social issues with many of the population believing the katharevoussa was a way of stopping the working class having access to an education. It was only in 1976 that the issues were rectified with the decision that the dimotiki language was to be the formal language of Modern Greece.
Greece has seen an economic downturn in recent years and growth still remains unsettled due to high dependency on imports and the relatively low value of exports. However, the manufacturing sector has overtaken agriculture in terms of GDP. Other sectors include the service sector, tourism, chemicals, metal products and mining.
ALM Translations has been providing professional Greek translations to its clients since 2002.
Consumers and businesses are far more likely to buy in their own language. It is therefore beneficial to have manuals, marketing materials and other commercial and legal documents translated.
ALM Translations can help you to make the most of your translation budget and to achieve your aim, whether it’s to achieve more sales, communicate more effectively or compete on a level playing field with local companies based in Greece. ALM Translations offers three levels of service; standard translation, translation with secondary review and translation and copywriting (transcreation).
Other Greek translation services offered include ad hoc and conference interpreting, videos and voice-overs, transcription services, subtitling, telephone interpreting, telemarketing, proofreading and editing and transcreation.
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