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Hi everybody, this is Stefania! Welcome to Greekpod101.com’s Alfaveeto made easy.
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn the Greek alphabet: the alfaveeto!
In our previous two lessons, we covered four letters: “Alpha”, “Mee”, “Taf” and “Yota” –“ah”, “m”, “t” and “ee”. Have you been practicing them? Today we’ll learn two more –after these we will have covered 25% of the Greek alphabet! So let’s go.
Our first letter this time is again a consonant, “Kappa”. Its sound is “k” and it looks like this.
Here’s an uppercase Kappa. Yes, it’s the same as the English “K”.
It is handwritten like this: K
And this is what the lowercase Kappa looks like. Like Taf it’s easier than the lowercase English “k” since it’s an uppercase “K” but smaller!
It is handwritten like this: κ
Let’s do it again- Here’s the uppercase form: Κ
And here’s the lowercase form: κ
Let's move on to our second letter for this lesson. This is a vowel, called “Omikron” which makes the sound “oh”. Again, this will look very familiar since its appearance is the same as the English “O” –both in uppercase and lowercase.
This is how the uppercase Omikron looks like –exactly the same as the English “O”.
It is handwritten like this: O
And this is what the lowercase Omikron looks like. Nothing to remember, right?
It is handwritten like this: o
Let’s do it again- Here’s the uppercase form: O
And here’s the lowercase form: o
Is there something we could do with just “Kappa” and “Omikron”? Not much besides the all too familiar “OK” (yes, Greeks use that too –especially in Internet communication). You just write the two letters together as you would in English and, also like English, it’s better to write them in uppercase. Let’s write it together, shall we?
OK
OK is, well, okay. But let’s try a word that uses letters from all the past lessons. “κάτι” (“kati”) which means “something”; for example in the sentence, “Θέλω να φάω κάτι” (“thelo na fao kati”) meaning “I want to eat something”. Let’s write this word together.
κάτι
Another word, also useful in everyday communication is the word “κομμάτι” meaning “piece”, as in “θέλω ένα κομμάτι πίτα” “I want a piece of pie”. Let’s write “κομμάτι” using all the letters we have learned by now.
K k κ
Κομμάτι
You noticed that in “kommati” the “mee” is doubled, right? This happens for grammatical reasons we explain in our language lessons on GreekPod101.com –you have been studying them too, right??
So let’s see all the letters we have learned so far. “Alpha”, “Mee”, “Taf”, “Yota”, “Kappa” and “Omikron”
Not that hard, are they?
Now it's time for Stefania’s insights.
You may have noticed that the letters up to this point are not that hard since variations of them appear in the English alphabet. But please remember that the small differences are important! Even though most Greeks will understand a lowercase “kappa” written just like a lowercase English “k”, the correct way to write it is with a shorter vertical line. Don’t neglect this detail; it will make your Greek writing much more natural!
Before I leave you, here’s a question: what is the world’s longest number? Everybody knows it by its Greek name which isn’t the name of a dessert! Got it? Check our next lesson and learn what I’m talking about!
See you in the next Alfaveeto made easy lesson! Ya hara!

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GreekPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 06:58 PM
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Hi Bill,


Thank you for your kind comment! I've corrected the error.


All the best,


Stefania

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Bill
Wednesday at 02:09 PM
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Hi Stefania, your enthusiasm is wonderful. In the transcript for #3 it says “Hi everybody, this is Grigoris ..”.

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Saturday at 01:51 AM
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Hi Nilufar,


I'm glad you contacted us!


We have a guide to help you with that. Here it is:

https://bit.ly/2RUTtXD


I hope it helps :) Thank you for your kind comment as well.


Cheers,


Stefania

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Nilufar
Friday at 02:50 AM
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Hi there,

i could integrate the greek keyboard, i just have not found out where all the signs are. For example the accent marks, how do we use them?

Do you have an explanation for that, or what shall i google?

Thank you for the answer, and the course is great!

GreekPod101.com Verified
Tuesday at 01:12 AM
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Hi Bill,


Thank you for contacting us.


It is not hard to install the Greek keyboard in your system. Unfortunately, that would be the only way for you to pass those quizzes. You can follow this guide here to install the keyboard and learn about typing in Greek:

https://bit.ly/2RUTtXD


I hope it's helpful!


All the best,


Stefania

Team GreekPod101.com

BILL H
Saturday at 08:40 AM
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I TYPED IN THE KEYBOARD ENGLISH FOR GREEK LETTERS INTO THE WRITTEN QUIZ AND GOT THEM WRONG BUT THE ENGLISH KEYS ARE ALL I HAVE.

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Friday at 06:36 AM
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Hi Sanja,


Thank you for contacting us.


Κομμάτι has μμ from its etymology as it derives from the ancient κόμμα:

https://www.screencast.com/t/mOonpSFuh


I think that line is a bit general and doesn't refer to a specific lesson that demonstrates a specific rule. I think it just refers to things such as the roots of words (that make up the etymology of a word), concepts that are mentioned in many of our lessons.


Perhaps that line could have been expressed more clearly. I hope this is not causing any confusion.


All the best,


Stefania

Team GreekPod101.com

Sanja Pahernik
Monday at 08:38 PM
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Hello, Stefania,


You mention that there is a lesson that explains the grammatical reason behind using the double μ. Could you please tell me where to find it? Thank you.


Sanja

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Tuesday at 10:01 AM
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Hi Vanessa,


I've talked to my team and just as promised, here's a lesson that has all the letters of the Greek alphabet in the vocabulary section so you can add them to a new Flashcard deck.

https://www.greekpod101.com/lesson/all-about-2-learn-the-greek-writing-system/


I hope this helps!


Happy studying?


Stefania

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GreekPod101.com Verified
Saturday at 11:55 AM
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Hi Vanessa,


There's a button in the vocabulary section where you can add the selected vocabulary into the Flashcards. However, the lessons' vocabulary usually contains words or phrases rather than individual letters.


I'll discuss with the rest of the team if we can add a vocabulary list with the letters of the alphabet so you and other users can add to your flashcards. In case we do, I'll let you know through this medium.


Kind regards,


Stefania

Team GreekPod101.com