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Why Does Greek Sound Like Spanish?!

Have you ever noticed that Greek sounds a lot like Spanish? If so, find out what makes them sound similar!

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Music:

“Rocka” by Text Me Records / Bobby Renz.
“Sunrise Drive” by South London HiFi

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.
http://www.academia.edu/633275/Phonetic_variability_of_the_Greek_rhotic_sound

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.
https://www.thoughtco.com/greek-ending-ma-often-masculine-3079276

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

The following online discussion:

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-the-Greek-language-sound-like-Spanish

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