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Question about Rice

Hi, I have a question, if ζ sounds like Z and χ sounds like Ch/J, why is 'Rice' in Greek spelt ρυζι and pronounced as if the ζ were an χ?

February 5, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ari_ofAthens

Well in fact it sounds like a z, perhaps the recording was not that clear. You can try listening to the word on google translate, I checked it for you, it has the correct pronunciation.

I'm a native speaker, so if you have any other questions, feel free to post on my stream!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brbra90

ευχαριςτω! =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ari_ofAthens

You are very welcome!

By the way, in Greek you only need to use ς in the end of words, when you want the ss sound but it's not the last letter of the word, you use σ. So, it would be "ευχαριστώ" but "εσείς, εμείς" etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitra956826

Yes, there is in fact a problem in some exercises, especially where there is a -ζι or -ζει somewhere in the sentence. It sounds like -χι or -χει. Not sure if we will be able to fix this though :/

Also, just for the record, the voice for listening exercises for Greek is not a native recorded or something like that, it's actually a text-to-speech program. It would have been nice if it was an actual native recorded, but I guess that wasn't quite possible^.^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brbra90

ευχαριςτω! =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VasileiaP.

I tried listening to the greek speaker too, she sounds kind of funny and especially in some words as if she were not native. Don't worry though, if you have any questions post on our stream, any native speaker will be glad to help.

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