Greek - Diphthongs


I have been living in Greece now for a while and at last I can learn Greek thanks to Duolingo!! :D

Is it just me or in the Diphthongs sections there should also be ou which is read "u" (oo - as in moo, etc.). For example Igoumenitsa, Papadopoulos, etc.

Thanks in advance for any clarifications.


October 17, 2016


I do not think that qualifies as a diphthong, it is just a digraph (written form using two letters) for a monophthong (single-vowel sound).

October 17, 2016

"Officially" it is taught as a diphthong. But you are right. In Ancient Greek most likely υ was spelled as u, but as the centuries passed υ became similar with others [i], so there was not other way to spell it. But be careful: For the English speaking ou is not ου, as for instance some TTSs do, as the simple Windows one.

October 17, 2016
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Well, done! Many thanks. I've added it to the ABC notes.

October 17, 2016

Thanks everyone for your input.

October 18, 2016

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