I was hearing the correct sounds as well but then, I realised that as the audio starts, the first sound can be mistaken for a π! It's not that the voice says it, but the sound of the audio itself coming on. It's probably easier to hear if you press the button repeatedly without giving it time to play the whole thing. Essentially you have to trick your brain because as a native speaker you know what you will hear, but it's there! (Headphones are probably necessary too.)
well, just for fun i decided to study modern Greek. I mean for fun because i studied classical Greek during 7 years when I was at college ( we call it GYMNASE) in Switzerland 65 years ago. I knew the pronunciation has varied a lot ( especially because I studied it on a French ( my mother-tongue) basis. Lambda is pronounced jut as it is written . I know modern Greek is pronouncing ETA as ITA . The day ( EMERA in classical Greek is now pronounced IMIRA). and so on. But still I can read everything even if my pronunciation is not 100% correct. It will get better as time goes by. By the way, I think modern Greek has dropped the AORIST verbal form, Thank ZEUS for that !!
ημέρα is IMERA not IMIRA -- the second vowel is an epsilon not an eta.
Also, the aorist is alive and well in modern Greek.
The perfect and pluperfect tenses have, however, disappeared as a single-word form, having been replaced by a combination of helping verb + participle.
For example, not λέλυκα but έχω λύσει; not ελελύκειν but είχα λύσει.
sorry, you are right with emera/imera. I had heard that the aorist had completely disappeared. This was a headache when I was between 12 and 18 ! I will see how I can cope with that now. Fo the time being I don't have any problem ( only the words of Turkish origin are still foreign to me). I read Greek easily with the exception of the double consonants which are fortunately explained in the first lesson. The pronunciation of the letters has not changed much ( Delta is now thelta - Mu and NU are now mee and nee, Tau is taf, Eta is ita) and that's it.. Regarding the name of the alphabet it derives from the semitic letters ALEF AND BET which became ALPHA and BETA in Greek.. I am very glad to study Greek again.. If DUO had also LATIN I would take it too. AND I AM WAITING FOR HINDI because one of my business partner is from Mumbay. We deal in TEAK wood which we export from ECUADOR to INDIA.
Λ-λ is such a beautiful letter. It brings me memories from Half-Life. Tho its curious that they have not used it for the L letters but for the A.
I'm SO delighted by the way I've been learning the greek alphabet and greek in general here in Duo.
Also, as the wiki page says, it can be written as λάμβδα and λάβδα, but: ¿Does this influence on its pronunciation when its spelled in different ways?