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Corfu Travel Guides > Learn Greek  >  Lesson 3: The Greek Alphabet

 Lesson 3: Learning The Greek Alphabet

Why not make a new year's resolution to learn some Greek? Sofri is here to help and have prepared the following useful lesson that will enable you to read any Greek. Next all you will have to do is understand what it means!

Let's start by listening the whole Greek Alphabet.

Click this icon to hear the whole Greek Alphabet:

Letter Sound Phonetic Pronunciation
(The accent or stress is in bold)
A-lpha
Vee-ta
Ga-ma
De-lta
(De like the)
E-psee-lon
Zee-ta
Ee-ta
(not like ETA, but like the 'e' in 'she')
Thee-ta
Yio-ta
(Yi like Y in 'yacht' ending like an o not an a)
Ka-pa
(The K not stressed!)
Lam-v-tha
Mee
Nee
Ksee
O-mee-kron
Pee
(do not stress the P)
Ro
(like in row without the 'w')
Seeg-ma
Taff
(do not stress the T)
Ee-psee-lon
Fee
Hee
('H' like in 'hand')
Psee
O-me-ga

The only way to learn Greek, is to read and write. Follow this link: Greek Alphabet - print out the page, then for each letter, write it ten times in both 'capital and small case', while saying it out loud. Refer to the sounds above recorded by Sofri to ensure that your pronunciation is correct. Then repeat the exercise another 5 times!

Exceptions: Double Vowels

See how easy it is? Well there is a minor complication. Greek words which have the following combination of vowels, are pronounced slightly differently. Double vowels are pronounced as one sound. However the double vowel rule is not applicable (an exception) if the first vowel is accented or the second is double toned. In this case the vowels are pronounced as normal.

Double vowel

Pronounced like

Exceptions
(double toned)

The ‘oo’ in ‘too’

Like ‘av’ in ‘average’
or
like ‘af’ in ‘after’ (depends on context)

Like ‘ev’ in ‘ever’
or
like ‘ef’ in ‘effect’ (depends on context)

 

What Next? Let's learn some useful Greek phrases so that we do not get caught out while on holiday! Keep these handy little phrases close to hand and we will have you ordering at a taverna in no time! Learn Greek: Useful Phrases

Now, let's Try!

 You are heading out from Corfu airport and see this sign:

Remember, the accent is the vowel that has the 'tick' above. It is the part of the word that needs to be stressed, and this is done by the raising of your voice at that point. Try pronouncing the above two Greek words. Try on your own first, but do not worry as Sofri is here to help:

Center:

Port:

 

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