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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 8 lessons, we have covered 16 letters out of the 24 in the Greek alphabet. How do you feel? Strong enough for two more? How about for two more unique to Greek? Let’s get started right away!
The first one is unique to the Greek language. Its name is “Delta”, and it sounds like “th”.
Yes, they are quite different from each other –the first is very angular and the other very circular.
This is the uppercase “Delta.
It is handwritten like this: Δ
And this is the lowercase “Delta”.
It is handwritten like this: δ
One thing that might help you with the lowercase “Delta” is to think of it as an eight that’s missing something; like you started writing it and lost interest before you finished! It isn’t that hard is it? As for the uppercase I won’t even dignify it with a comment; it’s just a triangle!
Let’s do it again- Here’s the uppercase form: Δ
And here’s the lowercase form: δ
We’re done with “Delta”. Are you up for the next challenge? Don’t get too worried because this next one is even easier: its sound exists in English and its shape is very close to the “Delta” we just learned. It’s “Lamda”, the Greek version of “L” and it sounds pretty much like English: “L”.
As you can see, the shape is pretty much the same –it’s just that in the lowercase there is a small line protruding at the top. Let’s see them one by one.
Here’s the uppercase “Lamda”.
It is handwritten like this: Λ
And here’s the lowercase “Lamda”.
It is handwritten like this: λ
Easy, right? Just a triangle missing its base.
Let’s do it again- Here’s the uppercase form: Λ
And here’s the lowercase form: λ
Well, there you go. Two more Greek letters under your belt and still going strong. You’ve covered 75% of the Greek alphabet! Let’s see what we can do with our new letters, shall we?
One of the most famous products of Greece is olive oil (which by the way is really delicious and also good for your health!) Do you know the Greek word for it? It is “λαδι” and it is written this way:
λαδι
Not hard, is it? How about another one ... “Ελλαδα” This is the Greek word for Greece: What Greek people call their own country. The rest of the world may call us “Greece”, but if you want to impress your Greek friends, use this. Even better, write it, like this:
Ελλαδα
Like always, let’s see all our letters together for a little recap, OK? We have “Alpha”, “Mee”, “Taf”, “Yota”, “Kappa”, “Omikron”, “Pee”, “Sigma”, “Eeta”, “Psee”, “Gama”, “Epseelon”, “Ro”, “Hee”, “Nee”, “Omega”, “Delta” and “Lamda”.
Now it's time for Stefania’s insights.
I want to make one more point regarding the pronunciation of “Delta”, and “Gama”. It is very easy to forget the way they are pronounced in Greek and go for their English versions: “Delta” and “Gama” Please don’t forget that in Greek the sounds are much softer!
Oh, and another thing: have you ever thought why we call the landform at the mouth of a river, a “delta”? Yes, that’s right! It’s because that formation is a triangle like the capital “Delta” in Greek! Most people don’t know that, so you can use it to impress your friends -especially if you can also write it. And now you can, can’t you?
Have you ever used software which isn’t in its final version? Do you remember what they call this sort of software? The answer is a Greek letter which you’ll learn in the very next lesson!
See you in the next Alfaveeto made easy lesson!
Ya hara!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Γεια σου Τζέισον,


μάλιστα! Πολύ ωραία! Χαίρομαι που το έχεις εκτιμάς αυτό τώρα. Εγώ παίζω λίγο πιάνο, λίγη κιθάρα και φλογέρα. Επίσης τραγουδάω σε μια χορωδία, οπότε διατηρώ μια επαφή με τη μουσική γενικά.


Γεια χαρά!


Στεφανία

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Τζέισον
Friday at 05:29 AM
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Γεια σου Στεφανία!


Χαχα, ναι - I record and photograph every single round of my αλφάβητο as evidence! 😜


Ναι, I can read music! My parents forced me to practice instruments when I was very young - I remember hating it before but now I am very grateful ! 😜 I guess it is that way with languages, too. Do you play any music?


Γεια!

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Tuesday at 04:41 AM
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Γεια σου Τζέισον!


Χαχαχα! Did you count all 894538790232 times?! Just kidding! That's a good insight! Can you read music in general?


Stefania

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Τζέισον
Monday at 04:34 AM
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Γεια σου!


Now it's time for Jason's insights!


After practicing the αλφάβητο 894538790232 times, writing δ looks like you are drawing a musical note 🎶.


😁


Γεια χαρά!

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Friday at 03:18 AM
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Γεια σου Τζέισον,


χαίρομαι που σε βοήθησε ο οδηγός που σου έστειλα! I'm also glad that GreekPod is so helpful to you! Thank you for letting us know!


All the best,


Stefania

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Τζεισον
Wednesday at 02:24 PM
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Γεια σου Στεφανία!


Ναι, I agree with you! Με λένε Τζεισον! 😁


Και ... Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ για the typing guide! Ποπό, it is so much easier now.


It has been one full week of studying Greek and I've learned more than I ever thought was possible! 😮😆


Greekpod101 is a great resource! Bravo! 👍


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Tuesday at 11:03 PM
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Hi Jason,


Good question! I'm always in favor of using one's name as it is in other languages and not change it. Especially if it's very different from the original. That's the purpose of a name right? A specific sound assigned to you.


I would only change it if its equivalent is very similar between the languages and one wants to feel more incorporated, in a way, in Greek society. For example Alexander - Αλέξανδρος. Τζέισον vs Ιάσωνας sound so different that it becomes a different name in a way. For example, if you have a child called Peter and you suddenly start calling him out loudly on the street Πέτρο! Πέτρο! the child wouldn't turn around to look!


Here's a guide on how to type in Greek: https://bit.ly/2RUTtXD


Τα λέμε!


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Jason
Monday at 12:14 PM
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Γεια σου Στεφανια!


Ευχαριστω for your explanation! Τhat is very interesting.


I just thought of something - I have always heard that Jason was a Greek name. I found out that the Greek version is Iάσων. Is it better to use that instead of Τζεισον? What do you think?


The Greek keyboard is fun but I am still trying to make the connections. Most of the letters are straightforward, but having to type "u" for θ, "h" for η, "j" for ξ, "c" for ψ, and "v" for ω is very tricky! But it is all slow ... slow ... fun! I promise I will learn to add the accents eventually... 😜


Τα λεμε!

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Sunday at 07:56 PM
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Hi Jason!


How's that keyboard working out for you?


As for the όμικρον, the foreign names when transcribed to Greek (like Τζέισον) they usually follow the spelling rule of simplification (απλοποίηση) which is only a recent rule in the Greek language. That is ο instead of ω, ε instead of αι, and ι instead of any other (η, υ, οι, ει). While there are some exceptions, usually historical names used before the rule of simplification started to be in use such as Σαίξπηρ (not Σέξπιρ), the name Τζέισον is not one of them.


And it's ευχαριστώ (ω is the common ending of verbs)!


Γεια χαρά,


Στεφανία

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Tζεισον
Saturday at 10:30 AM
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Γεια σου !


I just turned on my Greek keyboard - using it for the first time! It is exciting.


Just for fun, I am curious to know why we use the omicron ο instead of omega ω in my name Τζεισον. Perhaps you had explained some rule and I forgot?


Ευχαριστω! Ευχαριστo? 😅