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You might be thinking of Ελλάδα (greece) or Έλληνες (greeks.) Ελένη is a female name possibly meaning "bright [light.]"
Same, sorry. What you educated us on is good to know. :) Thanks, bajewy.
It is also means Greek. Like the name Franck/Franco/François/Francisco are a name, and also mean "French". As Italo is a name too.
Πέτρο Χιόνι NO! Έλλην (now Έλληνας) is Hellene in English and still what the Greeks call themselves. The origin is Ελλάς (now Ελλάδα) in English Hellas, still the Greek name of Greece. For some odd reason, Hellene and Hellas is only used for the ancient Greece in the western world.
"Hellene" in English, with final -e -- or at least that is the form I have always seen.
Eleni/Helen is a really common name in Greece..Glad to see it on here!
My nurse's name (who helped me as a baby in Greece, where I was born) was named Helen/Ελενι. :)
Is there a rule to use ι, η and υ? For instance, the correct answer is Ελένη and not Ελένι
Just a few basic: Feminine nouns and names ending in ee are written with "η" (Like is the Ελενη case, η αδελφη - the sister, η αγαπη - The love). Neuter endings are written with "ι". (το αγόρι - the boy, το κορίτσι - the girl, το σπιτι - the house). [Bear in mind that greek genders are formal] But basically, is a matter of spelling. Legend says that in ancient greeks spaelling was associated with pronunciation that is η was pronounced ee (long) and i was pronounced e (short) but in modern greek all FIVE of them (η, ι, υ, and the diphogs οι, ει) sound the same.
I had no idea what Ελένη was so I typed a question mark "?" and it told me I had the correct answer. Why?
Was so confident and proud as I typed out 'Greek', only to be confronted with the red rectangle of learning lol
But why? It's such a common name.
Countless times people have said to me "I know someone (else) whose name is Eleni!" or "I once knew someone whose name was Eleni" or something to that effect, and I am literally the second Greek person they've ever met!
Εleni is the second most popular female name in Greece. Maybe from Homer's Helen of Troy/ η Ωραία Ελένη, the most beautiful woman in the world which became the cause of a 10 year long war. Maybe from Saint Helena/ Αγία Ελένη (250-330) the mother of Constantine the Great. She went to Jerusalem where she found a lot of relics. She also made her son convert to Christianity and thereby the Byzantine and Roman world became Christian.
- Γεώργιος (a Saint), 2. Μαρία (Jesus' mother), 3. Δημήτρης (a Saint) , 4. Ελένη,... a ranking list from http://www.greeknamedays.gr/populargreeknames.php
The etymology of Ελένη is unknown, some say from Σέλινος/ moon. It is an ancient name. The Greeks did not consider H a real sound only a blowing for which they had no letter but a funny sign like an apostroph. In short when we take such a word to another language we write this sign from the wind as H: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hélène ... also Lena I think all come from Ελένη
Eleini is a female name.
Variants: Hélène, Elen, Ellen, Elene, Elena, Helena, Hellen , Elin, Elina, Helena, Helene Elin, Helena, Helene, Ella, Elle, Ellie, Elly, Lena, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly Shelena, Elaine, Jelena, Jalena Jela, Jelka, Alena, Alenka, Lenka, Heleen, Heleentje, Leena, Eliina, Heli, Lena, Lene, Leni , Eleni (Greek), Heléna, Léan, Ileana , Elīna, Helēna, Ileana, Ilinca, Lenuța, Yelena, Alyona, Olena, Lesya
Another possible etymology would be that it derives from the word ἑλεῖν = to snatch/to abduct/to conquer-- or even the words ἑλεῖν+ναῦς = to destroy the ship[s].
can some one tell me how to type in greek if you have an older apple mack book.
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Your point is well taken however this word was presented not in the interest of teaching the name itself but the letters of the alphabet and their pronunciation.
Yes, yes, yes, one more confusing thing. Or in this case, a sentence where this name is capitalized, so we could guess.
Yep. ;) Actually, Helen is the English form of the Greek name, which means "bright, agleam".
No Helen is the English form of the ancient Greek name 'Ελένη (the ´ before E is a small blowing sound like Hhh)
here we are asked to translate, not to write what we hear . the obvious answer is GREEK, Since HOMER nobody ) but the Greeks themselves used the term ELENI. The Romans called them Greeks from the name of an obscur tribe, I don´t remember why. ELLAS is the name of the country and we translate it as GREECE. Nobody uses HELLADE anymore.
Ελένη means Helen, not Greek. The word you're probably thinking of is Hellene. Many people before you mistakenly took Ελένη for the name of the country (which is now Ελλάδα), just see all the other comments in this discussion! :D
Ok, it says to type what I hear in Greek, so I typed ελένη, but got it wrong. The I tried typing it in English and it said "Correct (You have a typo in your answer)! Another way to type this is ελένη" what the heck?
Yes, there does seem to be a glitch in the system. Are you using the website or the Android?
That's the first time I've ever heard that but sometimes computers make mistakes. This was a good one. Hope you are always so lucky.
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I don't know how anyone heard Ελἐνη. I played it over and over and I was sure it started with a k sound. Kai omni would have been my guess, but that didn't match with anything in the lesson.