alpha beta

Αα (vowel) like a-gora or animal
Ββ like vi-negar or viva
Γγ like y-es or y-ellow
Δδ like the
Εε (vowel) like e-gg or era
Ζζ like z-oro or zoo
Ηη (vowel) like ea-gle or eat
Θθ like the-saurus or thermodynamics or thesis or theory
Ιι (vowel) like i-anos or ear
Κκ like k-ite or kitchen
Λλ like l-emonade or labyrinth
Μμ like m-oon or mother
Νν like n-ike or noble
Ξξ like (o)-xy-(moron)
Οο (vowel) like o-cean or oracle
Ππ like py-ramis or power
Ρρ like r-oasted or river
Σσ like s-top or silence
Ττ like t-oast or track
Υυ(vowel) like y-psilon or ear or eat or ianos
Φφ like fire or full or fish
Χχ like ho (-mo sapiens) or horrible
Ψψ like (pe)-psi cola
Ωω (vowel) like omega or ocean or orange

To pronounce a consonant you need a vowel like everywhere all over the world. A consonant is dead without a vowel. A wonderful pronunciation can be achieved thinking or reading in syllables.

Example :
small letters :
zo – ro, al – pha, be -ta / ζο – ρό, άλ – φα, βή – τα.

capital letters :

vowels 7 :

ο,ω = same sound
η,ι,υ = same sound

few combinations of vowels can give a sound :

ευ-τυχία (ef – tihia, happiness, good luck) / εφ -τυχία (the misspell doesn’t change the meaning).

παύ-ση (paf-si, pause) / πάφ-ση (the misspell doesn’t change the meaning)

αυ-γό (av – yo, egg) / αβ-γό (the misspell doesn’t change the meaning)

ευ = sometimes for the sound ef (f), and some other times for ev (the e as the egg sound)

αυ = af or av (the a as the apple sound)
ει, οι = e (the sound like when we say ear or eat)
ου = for u ( sound similar to the p-u-sh or put)
The key for the pronunciation is to split the word in syllables, and that’s all. Consonant + vowel or vowel + consonant.
The New Testament was written in Koine Greek, which is not a big of a deal, not big difference with the modern. All letters were capitals, though, and no space in between, like when you see the written speech on an ancient marble or ostracon (piece of pottery).
The similarities with the Latin and English alphabet are because it is the same alphabet with a few letters missing or added, and that’s all.
Papyrus 46 is one of the oldest extant New Testament manuscripts in Greek, written on papyrus, with its ‘most probable date’ between 175–225.

18 thoughts on “alpha beta

      1. hahahahahahaha !… Thank you for making me laugh!

        You have to take it a bit slow in the beginning… haha… If you follow the trick to split each word in syllables : consonant+ vowel, you’ll do just fine. You’ll be amazed from the progress, just only by following this suggestion !

        There is no silent whatever, also.

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      2. I made a lot of locals in Greece laugh too!!! I thought I was saying a word right and they would give me an odd look, I’d say it in English and they would all get a big laugh and then try and help me!!! It was all good fun! Just love all the people we met!!!

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      3. hahaha… they laugh because they, actually, know the difficulty a foreigner might have. They appreciate, though, the good intention and will. I’m sure you met many English speaking locals. Am i right ?

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      4. Yes we did! We only had trouble one time when we were lost in Crete. The guy tried very hard to help us though!!! We just thought it was nice to be able to greet people in their own language since it is their country! We also worked on please and thank you….It always brought smiles, sometimes a laugh or two and conversation!

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