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September 26, 2016



i see that the translation is VEETA or ( like in classical greek, ,BETA) so I suppose BOTH are accepted ? It is the same with ZEETA ( ZETA) THEETA ( THETA) so why isn't ETA accepted but only ITA ? I read very fluent Greek but I don't understand it anymore, maybe 5%, -10% that's why I decided to learn it again after more than 60 years !! I am 78.

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This section was created to help newcomers to Greek learn the alphabet. Various phonetic means were used to get the pronunciation across and over time more were added.

Let me check on ETA it seems it should be accepted. We show the following for the letter Ηη: eeta/eta/ee/i/ita. As you see "eta" is included. So, it should have been accepted. If it wasn't let us know.

As long as you recognize the letters what they are called in English is not a problem.

As for the Gr. Ββ however only some form of VEETA is accepted. BETA is not used in modern Greek.

We're very happy to have you on board to refresh your Greek. If you have any questions please ask and of course, contribute any ideas you have to enrich the course.

I'm sending you some references you may find useful.


FAQ - General Questions, Bugs & Reports https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23799672

Oh, and btw Είμαστε συνομήλικοι.


The thing is that the difference between b and v or very subtle


is there any reason why a ή is used rather than a ι or a υ

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There are 6 different ways to write the sound of "ee" (knee, see) there are few rules as to which goes where. As with English each word has to be learned individually. But Greek spelling is much, much easier than Engish. If you haven't yet you should check out the TipsNotes on each page (top left) and the forums with lots of info. see here


Here, as in several other languages, the letters for English "b" and "v" seem somewhat interchangeable. I'd be really glad to read an explanation. Thanx!

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They're not though. :) While βήτα is known as beta in English, Modern Greek recognises only the vee sound as correct for β and uses the combination μπ for the b sound. No overlaps.

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In English it's beta but in Greek it's "veeta" see here for the alphabet and more ....

These links will not only show you how to get the Greek keyboard but also how to find the Greek letters on it, how to add accent etc




https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22424028 s etc.

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