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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 the previous six lessons, we managed to go through half of the Greek alphabet and even managed to tackle a couple of tricky, Greek-only letters like “Psee” and “Gama”. Do you remember them? Let’s move on with two more letters which will look familiar but may be a little tricky, pronunciation-wise.
Our first letter this time is the consonant “Ro”. Its sound is “r” and is exactly like the English “r”. Wouldn’t it be nice if the *shape* looked the same as the English R...nope! Unfortunately it looks like an English P. Close, but not close enough. You’ll just have to remember to pronounce this letter as an R.
Here’s the uppercase Ro.
It is handwritten like this:
Ρ
And this is what the lowercase “Ro” looks like. As you can see there is no real difference between the uppercase and the lowercase form; it’s the same shape but the lowercase is written lower on the line with its vertical line extending below it.
It is handwritten like this:
ρ
Let’s do it again- Here’s the uppercase form:
And here’s the lowercase form:
I would like to point out a very small detail that will make your writing of “Ro” perfect: because of its similarity to the English “p” you might be tempted to write it in a similar way: first the line and then the circle. It is better though, to learn to write it the correct way, that as a continuing line starting from the circle and going on to the line.
Let’s move onto our second letter for this lesson which, like “Ro”, looks familiar but sounds different. Its name is “Hee”, it is also a consonant and its sound is “h”. All this is wonderful except for the part where it looks like an X.
This is what the uppercase “Hee” looks like.
It is handwritten like this:
Χ
And this is what the lowercase “Hee” looks like. Again, same shape but extending below the line; actually the line cuts it in half.
It is handwritten like this:
χ
Let’s do it again- Here’s the uppercase form:
And here’s the lowercase form:
As you know, the only problem you might have with these letters are their similarity to other English letters; this may tempt you to write or read it that way, but there’s only three way to prevent this from happening. Practice, practice, practice!
Since these two letters are both consonants, there isn’t much we can do with them so we will use some help from the letters we learned in the previous lessons; thankfully we now have plenty of those! How about starting with something that we all use everyday after air, water and food? It’s “χρήματα” or “money” and we write it like this:
χρήματα
This was easy. Now how about the most common Greek female name? You might have heard its Italian and Spanish version: “Maria” and it’s exactly the same in Greek:
Μαρία
That will be it for this lesson. Just to make sure you haven’t forgotten them, let’s go through all the letters you know once again. They are “Alpha”, “Mee”, “Taf”, “Yota”, “Kappa”, “Omikron”, “Pee”, “Sigma”, “Eeta”, “Psee”, “Gama”, “Epseelon”, “Ro” and “Hee”. Got them all? Awesome.
Now it's time for Stefania’s insights.
These days, with computers and cellphones we rarely have the occasion to really write. Which is all fine and dandy but it makes us forget one of the most basic skills. So please, even if you have access to a Greek keyboard, don’t neglect actually writing by hand. This is what will make you really capable of writing Greek. I guarantee that you will learn it much faster and better if you do write. So until the next lesson, practice your writing as much as you can!
Did you know that there is one Greek letter whose name sounds like a part of your body? This letter also appears in the English alphabet but with a different name. Do you want to know what it is? Check the next Alfaveeto made easy lesson and find out!
See you there!
Ya hara!

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Hello Uriah,


Thank you for contacting us and I'm sorry you are facing some trouble with the quizzes.


I tried to take a quiz myself but I couldn't reproduce the issue you are facing. I can select "false" as an answer and I get the correct score. See here:

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


Are you trying to take the quiz from a mobile device? In any case, perhaps the technical team could help you. I recommend you email to contactus@GreekPod101.com and describe the issue you are facing, the device, and attach some screenshots or a short video of your screen while you try to take the quiz.


If there's anything else I can do for you, don't hesitate to let me know :)


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Stefania

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Uriah D Neumann
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Hello

I am flunking all the vocabulary quizzes because the quizzes dont allow me to answer "false". I hope you can correct this bug. Thanks

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Hi Steliani,


Thank you for contacting us.


If you are still on a free account, then keep in mind that some content and features won't be available to you unless you upgrade. At the moment there's a promotion due to the COVID-19 situation where we are offering 3 free months of access to our absolute beginner pathway which I think is a great offer and you could learn a lot from it, however, I believe at the moment it doesn't include the alphabet series so you should consider that.


Let me know if you have any more questions.


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Steliani
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I can't view the videos wo just have to write what's on the lesson transcript

Is it because I need to pay ?

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Hi Evie,


Thank you for contacting us.


You can favourite a lesson by clicking on the heart icon. See here:

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I hope this helps!


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How do we favourite

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Hi An,


Thank you for contacting us and don't worry about your fine English!


Rendering the Χχ sound as "ch" is due to an older model of romanization some older lessons were using. The romanization we've been using for the last few years renders it as "h" or as "sch" before Σσ (ex. σχολείο - scholío, not sholío which might be confused for the English "sh" sound of "shoes").


Since some newer series might use vocabulary that already existed in the database from a long time ago, the romanization of these words might be according to the older model. I try to correct these when I find them, so thank you for letting me know!


My tip in general is to trust your ears :) as you've noticed there is no difference in the sound. And my second tip is to not pay that much attention to the romanization anyway. It's there as an aid for students who struggle with the Greek script, but try not to let it distract you. With proper study of the alphabet you won't need it really :)


All the best,


Stefania

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An
Friday at 10:38 PM
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Hello !


First I want tot tell you it's not easy for me to express myself in English, because I normally speak Flemish (I live in Belgium) - so I apologize for all my mistakes :(


As a new member I'lm learning the alphabet at the moment and I have a question about it in this lesson ;)


Why is there a difference in romanization in X between the first word (h) and the other ones (ch)... For my self I can't hear any difference in pronunciation. Do you know what I mean, please ?



χρώμα hroma

color


χρήματα chrímata

money


χημεία chimeía

chemistry


Thanks a lot, An


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Hi ***********,


Thank you for letting me know.


In that case you have to purchase a subscription in order to have full access to all series as well as the lesson materials and tools.


However, if you don't want to purchase a subscription, you can still have access to certain learning materials. Here you will find more information:

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If you are really serious about learning Greek, I do recommend purchasing at least a basic subscription that will unlock all lessons and give you access to some useful features like the PDF notes. Here you can see more details of each individual subscription:

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We also do frequent campaigns where you can get great discounts so my tips is that you could wait and take advantage of those offers before you do a purchase.


I do hope you'll stick around with us! Should you ever have a question, don't hesitate to contact us again.


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Stefania

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