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Greek Words That Don't Exist In English

Embarking on the journey of learning a new language is akin to unlocking a door to an entirely new world, where each word, phrase, and nuance unveils the richness and intricacies of a different culture. The beauty of language lies in its ability to evoke emotions, convey histories, and encapsulate unique concepts that may remain elusive in one's native tongue.

It is a tapestry of expression, woven with the threads of culture, heritage, and the collective consciousness of a people. In this linguistic exploration, the recognition of words that lack a direct counterpart in one's native language becomes a captivating odyssey. Here are some Greek words you might be surprised to find don't exist in English:

1.Μεθαύριο (meth-áv-rio)

The day after tomorrow

This word conveys such a simple concept that it always surprises me when I realize there is no equivalent in English. Although the concept itself exists in English, explaining it requires more words.

  • Example: Θα πάω στο γυμναστήριο μεθαύριο. / Tha páw sto gimnastírio methavrio. I will go to the gym the day after tomorrow.

2. Προχθές (prok-thés)

The day before yesterday

Similar to methavrio, prokthés is a helpful word, which provides a succinct expression for a past time point that would normally require more words in English.

  • Example: Είδα την Μαρία στο σούπερ προχθές. / Eida tin María sto souper prokthes.

I saw Maria at the supermarket the day before yesterday.

3.Αφού (ah-foo)

Since, As

This word, depending on the connotation, is similar to the following words in English: after, for as much as, since, inasmuch, insomuch.

  • Example: Αφού είδε την συμαία απ᾽το παράθυρο, κατάλαβε αμέσως οτι ηταν στην Ελλάδα. / Afou eida tin simaia ap'to parathiro, katalave amesos oti itan stin Elláda. Since he/she saw the flag from the window, he/she understood immediately that he/she was in Greece.

Are you familiar with any of these words? Are there similar words in your language? Share your thoughts below in the comments.


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