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Borrowed from Phoenician / Ancient Hebrew Aleph, as are most other letters :)
Greek was even written right-to-left or in boustrophedon (in both directions) during its early stages of writing.
HOW TO ADD THE GREEK ALPHABET TO YOUR KEYBOARD Here are some links to easily convert your keyboard to enable you to use both Latin and Greek characters as you need. We have found these easy to install and simple to use.
Don't forget to read the Tips & Notes (top left of page) where you will find information including:
**HOW TO USE LATIN CHARACTERS FOR THE GREEK
Use the HOVER DROP DOWN HINTS (gray dots under each word.
So, you don't have to switch between languages you can install:
DUOKEYBOARD SWITCHING FOR GOOGLE https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duokeyboard/dekooljcgfaiokofbciaflklkfniimfa
And of course, ask us if you have any other questions. Best of luck.
One good solution too is to use Duolingo on your phone or tablet, it's easier to write in any language with all the keyboard apps. You should add it to your guide. One good android app for languages is Multiling keyboard, you can install any language plugins you want, to have any language keyboard, with its dictionary helping you to spell the words.
HOW TO ADD THE GREEK ALPHABET TO YOUR KEYBOARD Here are some links to easily convert your keyboard to enable you to use both Latin and Greek characters as you need. We have found these easy to install and simple to use. If you have any other links please share them with the community.
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You should also go to Tips & Notes in the ABC skill for ideas to simplify the use
Jaye, I tried to print the Tips & Notes to put in a study notebook but could not. When I right clicked the mouse and clicked "print", I could only see the lesson blocks for lessons 1 & 2 (with the vocabulary words in them) but the Tips & Notes were not visible and there was no way to scroll down to find them. Is it not possible to print out the Tips & Notes?
I can't explain that unless it has something to do with the revamped website that is coming out. But....as luck would have it I have not only copied the Tips notes and we have prepared a sticky to guide users through learning the alphabet.
Try these: Tips
How to learn the Greek Alphabet: here
Modern Greek Resources (these have links to other sites) here
You may find other helpful comments and links on this page. Best wishes.
Yes, interesting remark, but only for Indoeuropean languages, in semitic languages for instance, they are called "alif", etc... And if it's the case in Indoeuropean languages, it's because of a simplification, alpha became "a", "sigma" became "s", etc...
What I mean by "Letters has name in every languages", for instance, in French "y" is called "i grec", in English, it's "why", no links with the "y" thing.
Look on this page for my posts there are ways to access the Greek keyboard and other helpful links. And if you are new go here for more help.https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17791306$from_email=comment_id=17791473
This is shown in the Tips notes which you will find for each skill on the home page below the lessons. It's really easy.
"To put the accent mark, press the semicolon key on the right of the L/Λ and then the vowel."
Happy learning and do hesitate to ask if you need anything.
Try this I found it easy. http://www.wikihow.com/Change-the-Language-on-a-Cell-Phone