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Greek Alphabet

User panagiotis13 made a version of it but I couldnt resist to make my own because its my native language and I cannot bear to part from it.

Each letter has its own symbol and its own name. I will write how they are pronounced next to them. Greek is a phonetic language (with a few very annoying exceptions that we wont bring up now but I will go over them later, like here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6157101$comment_id=6162042)

We have 24 letters in our alphabet (we dont symbols for j, w, b, q and we don't need c but we have other letters that need a combination of letters from the latin alphabet)

-Αα alpha as in apple

-Ββ beta v

-Γγ gamma pronounced like the y in yes

-Δδ delta pronounced like the th in they

-Εε epsilon as in episode

-Ζζ zeta z

  • Ηη eta pronounced ee as in sheep (one of the many letters that make this sound)

-Θθ theta pronounced as th as in thor

-Ιι iota pronounced ee as in sheep but can sometimes sound like gamma (special cases)

-Κκ kappa as c in cat

-Λλ lamda L

-Μμ mi M

-Νν ni N

-Ξξ xi X (from x-ray)

-Οο omikron o (like the spanish o and only like that. dont turn it into an english o it will sound wrong)

-Ππ pi P (pay attention to this one)

-Ρρ rho R (these too are tricky if your first language is a latin alphabet one)

-Σσς sigma S ( the final ς form is only found at the ends of words)

-Ττ tau T

-Υυ upsilon 'ee' from sheep (yes again I know I know...)

-Φφ phi F

-Χχ chi like the g in spanish (In words like Argentina) or if you cant make that sound go for ch/sh

-Ψψ psi as in psychologist only you also pronounce the p

-Ωω omega o like omikron

There are also certain letter combinations that are pronounced as a single sound. These are:

τσ closest english sound is ch

μπ b

ντ d

γκ and γγ as a hard g

τζ as a soft g ( or a portuguese j)

οι, ει both as ee from sheep ( we like this sound a lot it seems)

ου as oo (book)

ευ as ev or ef

αυ as av or af

Enjoy your reading!

-Δανάη

December 24, 2014

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood

Many thanks to you and panagiotis13 for the introduction to the Greek alphabet! I have to learn it in time for the Greek for English speakers course.

December 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/danaibalt

No, thank YOU for wanting to learn our language :)

December 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/panagiotis_ts

Can I include this discussion on my Greek discussions directory? And merry Christmas!!!! :)

December 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/danaibalt

of course you can.

Χρονια Πολλα και σε εσενα

December 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RhomaionXIII

Efharistos, but they ask us to write in Greek as if we were suppose to know it, how can i do?

February 23, 2017
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