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The Greek language

Greek is an ancient language. By deciphering the Mycenaean writing (the Linear B, found on clay tablets in settlements from the Mycenaean era) it was proved that Greek had been around since the 15th century before Christ. The development of the Greek pronunciation did not take place concurrently with written Greek. The pronunciation of many letters and letter combinations evolved over time; however the spelling was never adjusted to those changes. This resulted in Greek spelling being somewhat complicated. For example, Greek has five ways to spell the ie sound. Nevertheless, this will not lead to a drastic simplification of the spelling any time soon, because many consider it to symbolize the awe-inspiring age of the Greek language.

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