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11 07, 2017

Listening to foreign languages project

By |2018-04-23T09:15:12-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, People|0 Comments

A Greek image of a Persian "barbarian" (now in Berlin) To get an idea of why the Greeks thought foreigners were all barbarians speaking nonsense, try listening to some videos of people speaking languages you don't understand. Here, for example, is someone speaking Greek. Speaking modern Greek On the other hand, here is [...]

11 07, 2017

Barbarians in ancient Greece

By |2019-09-17T11:01:30-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

A Greek image of a Persian "barbarian" woman Where does the word 'barbarian' come from? People in ancient Greece called everyone who didn't speak Greek a barbarian (barbaros). They said that people speaking other languages sounded like they were just going "bar, bar, bar, bar...." So that is why they called those people [...]