Why Does Greek Sound Like Spanish?!

  • Published on:  1/12/2019
  • Have you ever noticed that Greek sounds a lot like Spanish? If so, find out what makes them sound similar!

    Special thanks to Edu Tudela and Joanna Hotova for their Spanish and Greek audio samples! And thanks to Jimmy Giokezas for his additional Greek samples.

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    Sources of information for this video include:

    Greek Phonetics: The State of the Art. Amalia Arvaniti.

    Phonetic Variability of the Greek Rhotic Sound. Mary Baltazani.

    Celdrán, Eugenio & Planas, Ana Maria & Carrera-Sabaté, Josefina. (2003). Castilian Spanish. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 33. 255-259. 10.1017/S0025100303001373.

    Spanish Words From Greek Ending in '-ma' Often Masculine. Gerald Erichsen.

    Durational Variability in Speech and the Rhythm Class Hypothesis. Esther Grabe. University of Cambridge.

    The following online discussion:



  • Bill Manassas (Feb 4, 2019)

    Τι Μπαρθελονα τι Παρθενώνα 😂

  • Petrus Phi (Mar 14, 2019)

    Ο Παρθενώνας είναι από την Ισπανία XD

  • ti eipate? (Mar 13, 2019)

    Έχω πεθάνει 🙈

  • External Media (Feb 11, 2019)

    Greeks are the only foreighners who can speak Spanish (when they learn the language) exactly with a perfect native accent.

  • +José jlfb Sofia de grecia habla griego tambien como extranjera...su familia es de origen alemá. y creo que fue educada en Alemania y Francia....

  • Jesús Romera Lahkim (7 hours ago)

    abel nicolae You should know that in Spain we have 2 surnames as I am Jesus Romera 😉

  • athinaios8 (Feb 5, 2019)

    Greek, Spanish, Italian ------> Una faccia una razza.

  • Jesús Romera Lahkim (5 hours ago)

    1964Byron Well, I am from Andalusia (South Spain) and as our accent is really similar to Cubans or Puerto Ricans I could tell that we are more similar to them than to Italians or Greeks because our cultural laces as music, some foods, accent, language and a common past as Sevilla was the most important city to America when Spain was still the most powerful country in the world. I don’t feel my culture any similar to Greek or Italy, I have been in Italy 2 weeks in 8 cities and really I didnt feel they a...

  • 1964Byron (5 hours ago)

    My experiences with all Latin-Americans I met in the USA, in Mexico and Argentina showed me the opposite. Spanish are far too modern (they're European after all) than Latin-Americans. When I offered a cigarette to my Mexican girlfriend, as why usually do in Greece and Italy, she got offended because as she said, only whores smoke in the street in Mexico. I told her than my mother also smokes in the street in Greece and then she shut-up. You mean Spanish are like this? I tell you, my experiences tell me...

  • Josemy CB (Feb 12, 2019)

    Χαιρετισμούς από την Ισπανία

  • danae husak (Mar 11, 2019)

    Nuestros saludos hasta España querida!!!

  • fryx (Mar 7, 2019)

    Σπανος Ισπανός, Ισπανικόν ιππον ιππευαι. Greetings from Greece Hispanian cousins!

  • cucayo (Jan 31, 2019)

    I was this summer in Greece (I'm Spanish) and I feel that people say words with no sense everywhere!! Also we learn some words in a few days and people thought that we were Greeks because we pronounced like them, but we can't have a conversation, it was funny and people its really lovely. I enjoyed very much that trip. Thanks Greek people!!

  • Konstantinos20 (Mar 15, 2019)

    +Ryan Wincester jeje. Muchas gracias. Me encanta Madrid 😍😍😍

  • Ryan Wincester (Mar 14, 2019)

    +Julio Blind el español en telenovelas? Ese no es el parecido al griego, sino el español ibérico

  • Wonderlandian (Feb 28, 2019)

    Why was the greek speaker sounding like siri tho? She was speaking incredibly slow, not what greeks usually speak like xD

  • sugoruyo (4 days ago)

    +danae husak Actually she had something in her pronunciation of the diphthongs that suggests she might not be a native speaker or that she might have grown up in a non-native speaking family. Definitely speaking 60% of normal speed though.

  • danae husak (Mar 11, 2019)

    She spoke without an accent but kind of slow for real everyday conversation...normally we speak Greek more quickly...The Spanish speaker spoke more natural....

  • picolo2022 Games (Feb 3, 2019)

    I think that the Greeks are the only ones who can speak Castilian Spanish like a native

  • Jesús Romera Lahkim (5 hours ago)

    alex stejar Romanians always have a weird accent because in Spain I met a lot who were even born and raised in Spain and they still had that accent.

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  • Fury Of Titans (Feb 27, 2019)

    I'm a Spaniard and one day I just decided to listen to Greek songs but when they were singing I was like.. Duuude, this must be the feeling foreigners have when listening to Spanish.

  • Aggelos Luci (Mar 11, 2019)


  • Masatoshi Kento (Mar 11, 2019)

    Love the Greek language from Japan🇬🇷🇯🇵

  • UωU (1 day ago)

    Love Japanese language from Greece (it is really hard tho)

  • Savina Sal (Mar 14, 2019)

    Greetings from Greece!! Japan is amazing!💞

  • Nectar yo (Feb 24, 2019)

    I'm from Spain and I love Greece💛💛💛

  • Greek Geek (Mar 11, 2019)

    +Valia- Mns den exei kai polla h Ellada, eno h Iapwnia einai enas allos politismos pou de ksereis, exei arketa endiaferon pragmata kai episis exei kai anime, ti allo 8es xD egw prospa8w na ma8w Iapwnika, sta 16-17 lew na piasw doulia na vgalw xrimata, na nikiasw ena spiti sthn Iaponia kai na meinw ekei gia ligo kero otan mporw kai exe tis dinatotites na zeisw monh mou h me mia filh mou, episeis ma8enw kai liga Iapwnika idi apo th sxolh karate pou pigenw (kitrinh zwnh eimai) kai episeis ma8enw kai Iapon...

  • Valia- Mns (Mar 9, 2019)

    Greek Geek θέλω να πάω κι εγω Ιαπωνία, αλλά μου αρεσει και η Ελλάδα🤔🤔