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Cretan Greek

Hi there! Can anyone tell me how the Cretan dialect differs from standard Greek? Is there a different pronouncation? Do they use different words? Would be very interesting to learn about it! Thanks!

February 3, 2017



Well, I'd say there are some differences in pronunciation as well as some words. For the pronunciation, I do think that the most distinct difference is of τσ instead of κ (και sounds like τσε). If you already know some basic Greek, you can learn a bit more about it here https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%9A%CF%81%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE_%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%AC%CE%BB%CE%B5%CE%BA%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82 , or you could check out the English version of the page, although it does contain less info.

As far as the different words are concerned, a few common examples of Cretan words are "ίντα" instead of "τι" (what), "εδά " instead of "τώρα" (now), "επα" or "επαέ" instead of "εδώ" (here), and "θορώ" or "ξανοίγω" instead of "βλέπω" or "κοιτάω" (see). ^.^

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