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How many languages do you know that derive from Greek origin? There are actually hundreds, and to begin listing them would literally take up hours of our time.

However, there is one language we would be remiss not to mention. It is the one you are currently reading off this computer screen: English.

There are over fifty thousand English words that derive from the Greek language. Words like anchor, martyr, and prophet; chaos, photograph, and nectar. The list goes on and on.

But we here at Greek Gateway -- and all the rest of you out there who have grown up speaking both Greek and English on a regular basis -- know plain well that there are a handful of words in which North Americanized Greeks enjoy using in their everyday dialect. Heck, people in Greece are even speaking it. We use these words interchangeably, and sometimes even unknowingly. We mishmash English with Greek all the time, and in the end you get: Grenglish.

So with that being said, I now present to you a list of 10 popular Grenglish words that you may (or may not) know. Read their definitions, learn how to pronounce them, and find out the proper term.

Let's go!

μουβάρω (mou-vah-roh): move
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: to go from one place or position to another.
USED IN A SENTENCE: μουβάραμαι από ένα διαμέρισμα σε ένα σπίτι… we moved from an apartment to a house.
PROPER TERM: μετακινώ (mai-ta-kee-no)

παρκάρω (par-kah-roh): park
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: to put, leave, or settle your car (or object) in an area.
USED IN A SENTENCE: παρκάρετε το αυτοκίνητό σας στο δρόμο… park your car on the street. OR;

PROPER TERM: σταθμεύω (stath-mehv-oh)

λαίκι (leh-key): lake
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: a body of fresh or salt water (of considerable size), surrounded by land.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Πάμε για μπάνιο στο λαίκι… Let’s go swimming in the lake.
PROPER TERM: λίμνη (leem-nee)

τσεκάρω (tse-kah-roh): check
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: to make an inquiry into, search through, etc.
USED IN A SENTENCE: τσεκάραμε τα αρχεία, αλλά το γράμμα έλειπε… we checked the files, but the letter was missing.
PROPER TERM: ελέγχω (eh-le-hoh)

κάρο (kah-roh): car
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: an automobile. The real definition of kάρο is horse carriage in Greek.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Οδήγησα το κάρο μου στην δουλειά…  I drove my car to work.
PROPER TERM: αυτοκίνητο (af-toh-kee-nee-toh)

σταίκι (steh-key): steak
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: a slice of meat or fish, especially beef, cooked by broiling, or frying.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Θα ήθελα ενα σταίκι παρακαλώ… I’ll have a steak please.
PROPER TERM: μπριζόλα (brei-zoh-lah)

τσαίκι (tseh-key): cheque
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: a cheque that you would write to someone, or at the bank.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Θα ήθελα να γράψω μια τσαίκι… I would like to write a cheque.
PROPER TERM: επιταγή (aii-pee-tah-yee)

τρόκι (troh-key): truck
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: any of various forms of vehicle for carrying goods and, materials, usually consisting of a single self-propelled unit, but also often composed of a trailer vehicle hauled by a tractor unit.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Οδήγησα το τρόκι μου χθες… I drove my truck yesterday.
PROPER TERM: φορτηγό (four-tee-gho)

φρίζα (free-zah): freezer
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: a refrigerator, refrigerator compartment, cabinet, or room held at or below zero degrees Celsius, used especially for preserving and storing food.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Βάλτε το παγωτό στη φρίζα… Put the ice cream in the freezer.
PROPER TERM: κατάψυξη (kah-tah-psee-ksee)

καίκι (keh-key): cake
GRENGLISH DEFINITION: a sweet, baked, breadlike food, usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs and liquid flavoring.
USED IN A SENTENCE: Take it away, Mrs. Maria Portokalos…

PROPER TERM: τούρτα (tour-tah)

Got any words to add to our Grenglish dictionary? Throw them in our comment section below!

By Staff Writer - Jonathan Bliangas

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