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August 30, 2016



I understand that you're trying to help people with the pronunciation, but perhaps it's more confusing for those that know how the Greek letters are written in English.



I have added upsilon as alternative!


I don't know if it's easier or just reinforcing bad Greek, I'm trying to unlearn how we use them in American English.


Despite being commonly called upsilon, that's an ancient name, like beta. Ypsilon, ipsilon and eepsilon are better names.


Perhaps it is used in languages as Spanish (Ípsilon or Ipsilón) or Portuguese. See the link (https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A5)


I chose "υ" and it was wrong because the correct solution is "ύψιλον". Is it a joke?!


Two different words.

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So, in English it's upsilon, in Spanish it's ípsilon, in Bulgarian it's "epsilon"(eh-psilon) and in the more modern-Greek-friendly English translation it's ypsilon. Apparently ύψιλον used to be pronounced like üpsilon would be in German, which is between 'u' and 'i'. That still doesn't explain why Bulgarian has 'e' though... maybe there was such a Greek dialect?


Are there whole names for the letters of the Bulgarian alphabet? Not that I know anything about Bulgarian, but I think/thought that very few letters of the Slavic languages are named using words.


what is the difference to pronounce between "ω" and "ο"?. thanks!


No difference at all. Here, the whole alphabet with many examples

Κάθε γράμμα είναι ένας ήχος! Η Αλφαβήτα με φωνήματα:/ Every letter is one sound (= the first sound in its Greek name)


You also get different ways to write the letters. I like the one with many tails and ornates.

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