Lexical similarities between Greek and Levantine Arabic

Lexical similarities between Greek and Levantine Arabic

General language learning, Greece, Greek, Levantine Arabic
One of the reasons I choose Levantine as the variety of Arabic I wanted to study, aside from my fascination with Lebanon as a francophone, and the widespread intelligibility of the language due to Lebanese media, was the interaction since ancient times between the Levant as it's traditionally understood today (Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Cyprus, Israel) and the wider historical Levant, essentially the eastern Mediterranean including Egypt and Greece. [caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Yes, what I'm saying is essentially Mr. Robot is the human embodiment of the wider Levant.  Seriously, Google Rami Malek.[/caption] Now of course in almost no case of extended contact between two language groups does either language emerge completely uninfluenced by the other (hell, the entire Balkan Sprachbund is a testament to the power of areal influence…
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Beautiful Syros, Greece

Beautiful Syros, Greece

Greece, Greek
Greeks live for summer vacation.  Even in a country that gets an average of more than 250 days of sunlight per year you need something to sustain you through the dreary winter months, and for Greeks it's the promise of a few days out of the city every year.  This year my wife and I went to Syros, located in the Aegean sea. All of Greece is beautiful, but if you plan a trip try and make sure you get to at least one or two of the islands as well as the mainland.  You won't regret it. [gallery link="file" ids="138,147,145,144,143,142,141,140,139"]
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