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Greek Alphabet

What's the difference between the pronunciation of "ο" and "ω"? Or are they the same?

November 4, 2017

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In modern Greek, many letters and group of letters make the same sound. They represented different sounds in Ancient Greek, but as the language evolved some sounds became the same:

ο and ω are both pronounced as /o/

ι, υ, η, οι, ει are all pronounced as /i/

ε, αι are both pronounced as /e/

For these sounds, you will have to memorize which letter to use for each word, but don't worry, there are many patterns, especially for noun and verb endings.

November 4, 2017

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Hello! I see your question has been answered, but I would like to point you to the Tips and notes section under the Alphabet skill. Tips and notes are available under many lessons but only on the website, not on the app. The course contributors provide lots of information there, be sure to check them out! Also check the sticky notes. Welcome to the course!

November 5, 2017

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Yes. They have the same pronunciation. But just when it comes to words, they're used differently.

November 4, 2017

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It is so because Greek orthography is historical, mainly historical. The orthography is phonetic in foreign words only and mainly the newly introduced ones, the introduced ones in the past centuries from the Roman period to the Ottoman period a in Greece are integrated into the Greek language for a long period, they are much hellenized and used as a part of the language. Examples are many. So as there are words completely integrated to follow the Grammar rules of the Greek words. So, sing. ο καφές, του καφέ τον καφέ, καφέ, pl. οι καφέδες, των καφέδων, τους καφέδες, καφέδες but το Φέισμπουκ, του Φέισμπουκ etc not any cases, even both are foreign words, but ο καφές is older of course.

November 4, 2017
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