This week, we are taking a closer look at the Ancient Greeks’ influence on our language. We have spent some time learning what Greek prefixes and suffixes mean. This has helped us, not only to break down words to make them easier to spell, but also to work out what words mean.
Did you know?
Some of the prefixes we use in the English language today come from ancient Greek root words. For example, ‘bio’ meant ‘life’ in ancient Greek; ‘tele’ meant ‘far’; ‘anti’ meant against; ‘micro’ meant ‘small’ and ‘auto’ meant ‘self’. Knowing this can help you to work out what unfamiliar words mean.
Likewise, some suffixes are Greek too! ‘Graph’ meant ‘to write’, ‘phone’ meant ‘sound’ and ‘scope/scopic’ came from the Greek word ‘skopein’ which meant to ‘look at’.
Knowing the etymology of words can be very useful!
This week’s spelling lists: More Greek words