The Greek language is one of the world’s classic languages, although only about 12 million people currently speak it as a primary language according to Wikipedia. However small the current number of speakers, this language has had a profound effect on many of the world’s most popular languages today, including English, German, and French languages. In fact, Greek and Latin are among the most influential languages in world history, contributing to both written and spoken text all over the globe today.
Greek is usually into dialects based on region, with each region having unique sub-dialects also based on region. These include:
- Northern Greek: Rumelian, Epirote, Thessalian, Macedonian, and Thracian are common sub-dialects.
- Southern Greek: Megara, Aegina, Athens, Kymi, Mani Peninsula, Peloponnese, Cyclades, Crete, Ionian Islands, Northern Epirus, Smyrna, Constantinople, Dodecanese, Cyprus, and Asia Minor.
Other dialects of Greek from other areas include Tsakonian, Pontic, Griko, Cappadocian Greek, and others. These are sometimes called wholly different languages due to influences from regional languages, but are also known as Greek dialects on account of their similarities to Greek.