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September 1, 2016



Shouldn't the letter γ be an acceptable answer? I got this as a listening question and only γάμα was accepted.


Shouldn’t there be two Ms in ‘gamma’/γαμμα?


Both γάμα and γάμμα are accepted. In Ancient Greek it was γάμμα, but in Modern Greek γάμα is more common. Click here for more information

However, in Modern Greek the script γάμα and its pronunciation can cause confusion, because it is also the second singular Imperative person of the verb γαμάω/γαμώ, which means fuck!!!


There should be a virtual keyboard for greek letters in this program...


It can be added via settings


I put in Γ and γ and it said I was typing in English not Greek...


It should accept γ or Γ


Why is the official translation “gama” when the agreed-upon translation is “gamma”?


You're right. It's nonsense. It's hard enough learning Greek without introducing a whole load of made up English words.


Do I hear this correct: "thamma" - γ sound like th?


No, γ here sounds like the very first sound in "when", just before the u sound, but much stronger than that.

As far as I know, this exact sound does not exist in English. The sound is created in a similar way to the k sound in "car", the only differences are that:

  1. the back of the tongue does not touch the upper mouth as it would in k, but there is a very short distance in between,

  2. the γ sound is voiced, as opposed to k (or h), so if you touch your throat when you are pronouncing it, you feel the vibration, which you don't in the case of k or h. It is like the difference of the sounds v and f in English.

Finally, the sound of γ here is pretty similar to that of r in French, but I believe that in the latter, the place where the tongue comes close to the upper mouth is much more closer to the throat than in γ.

I hope that was not too confusing!


I get what you're saying, and i even tried adjusting my speech. It helped, but the lesson still sounds like its using a "th" and not a "yh" if you will.


It accepted δαμα as an answer for me!?


At first I thought it was a 'th' sound. I had to listen to it a few more times to hear the real sound.


Wait, they write it as gama now? I suppose I'll have to accept the differences between ancient and modern Greek. All part of learning!


Is there a reason why it says theres a typo if I use capital letters? Do you not use capitals as much in greek or something?


Why does it sound lik y-gama?


Where do u get greek alphabet on keyboard tonenter this?


google type in greek keyboard


i cannot figure out how to put a little thing above the a. Does anybody know how?

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On a standard QWERTY keyboard, when switched to Greek, you first hit the key next to L and then, straight away, the key of the vowel you want to add the accent on: ; + α = ά. You won't see anything before you hit the vowel key though.

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It sounds like hffgrama.

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What does gamma mean anyway?


how do I type in English if y isn't acceptable?


Is it just my old hearing, or is anyone else hearing this as "Vamma"? And if that's what it sounds like -- is that what Y is in Greek? Sorry, I'm new at this.

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This is a tricky one to pronounce. The audio is pretty clear; it is not "vamma". The best explanation I've seen (not relying to audio) is afittro's comment in this discussion https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17494378.


Not really. Υυ in Greek is pronounced the same as Ιι and Ηη. Gamma — Γγ is pronounced like something in between H (as in human) and G (as in go).

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_velar_fricative


Is this a modern greek or an ancient greek course?


It is modern Greek.

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