μπ /b/ in μπαμπάς /babás/ the same as in μπανάνα /banána/ ; μπύρα /bíra/ :)
Ever since β came to be a voiced labiodental fricative it is. Would it have killed them to retain more traditional pronunciation? God knows it makes Cyrillic all the weirder. Still, I think /v/ & /β/ would make nice allophones to the classic [b].
Is it that the μ next to a π makes a "b" sound... pronunciation is giving me fits.. but having studies the Cyrillic alphabet, started the Hebrew one, and now the Greek, it can be confusing! Thanks to any who can help.
Actually this article may be more informative: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_orthography#Digraphs_and_diphthongs
According to Wikipedia, yes. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet#Digraphs_and_letter_combinations.
Properly, it should be [s], same as the Latin s. (Or English, for that matter.) However, I think it may tend toward a /ɕ/, something like the English/Romantic [ʃ] you're probably referring to. I think it make carry from PIE, which, like Modern Greek, has only a single phoneme in that whole range.
I was actually wondering if was hearing that right myself. smiles
ς is called "σίγμα τελικό" (final sigma). It's the same letter as σ, but this one is only used at a word's ending.
So is "μπ" always pronounced /b/, or are there instances when the combination is pronounced /mp/?
In all the Greek lessons, it cuts off the last portion of audio for me. This doesn't happen in any other language courses. So, with this one, it just sounds like "Ba -".
It should say, not 'Write this in English' but, 'Translate this to English'. All the previous questions had been 'Write', so I put 'Babas'. My answer should be marked correct!
so, in Modern Greek, mu and pi together pronounce only like PI ? what are the other groups of letters where only one is pronounced ?
No, μπ is pronounced like b or mb. Other similar cases: ντ = d or nd, τσ = ch (as in chair), γκ and γγ = g or ng, τζ = j
Yes, Ν/ν is the equivalent for N/n. ("V" as a capital character does not exist in the Greek alphabet).
Any easy way to remember that, or do i just have to practice? A bit much for someone who has just started greek
I guess you just have to memorize it. I can't think of any clever 'trick' to help you remember it.
Why is μπ only pronounced B at the beginning of the word, but not in the middle?
That's not really true. Many people pronounce it as "b" even in the middle of a word. For example, the word "καμπύλη" (curve) can be pronounced either "kambeelee" or "kabeelee". On the other hand, μπ can't be pronounced "mb" in the beginning of a word. It's always "b" in that case.
Glad i clicked on this after learning the alphabet and quite pleased with myself, started duo. Then... dad μπ ?.. finding out the two letters make the B sound. Think this is going to be some what of a challenge but i shall stick with it. :) i will check your link Joaquin Montero Salinad