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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Greek Pronunciation Guide.
In this series, you'll master Greek pronunciation. Proper pronunciation is essential in Greek, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, comprehensive, and easy way.
In this first lesson, you'll learn about the building blocks of the Greek pronunciation system that will help you in future lessons.
Brief comment about greek alphabet Greek is one of the oldest languages in the world and it's writing system is amongst one of the oldest on record. The modern Greek alphabet consists of 24 letters, each with a capital and a lowercase form. The letter sigma has an additional lowercase form used in the final position.
But be careful not to fall into a very common trap: as you're learning to *speak* correctly, you shouldn't concern yourself with all the letters. That's right—forget them! You care about the *sounds* of Greek and here they are:
There are 34 consonant sounds, and 5 vowel sounds. You can form every single word in Greek by using these sounds.
Still seem complicated? Well how about this: of the 34 consonant sounds in Greek, you *already know* 26 of them. That's right, if you're a native English speaker then you already make these sounds every day.
You can also ignore all of the vowel sounds for the same reason!
The only thing standing between you and perfect Greek pronunciation, are 8 new consonant sounds. You can handle that!
Now let me introduce Stefania, who will be helping you to master these new sounds.
Γεια χαρά! Είμαι η Στεφανία.
Stefania will be giving you native pronunciation examples for you to imitate. But for this first lesson, just sit back and listen to the foreign sounds of Greek:
γ (as in γη)
αγέρας
γείσο
γερνώ
γ (as in γάλα)
γάτα
γόβα
άγουρος
λ (as in πουλιά)
ελιά
λιοπύρι
γελιέμαι
νι (as in νιάτα)
νιότη
νοιάζομαι
πενιές
ρ (as in ώρα)
ρήμα
αρένα
έρανος
ρ (as in τρώω)
τρίζω
κράζω
πρόβα
ψ (as in ψυχή)
ψάχνω
κάτοψη
άψυχος
τζ (as in τζάκι)
τζόγος
τζαμαρία
ατζαμής
In the next lesson, we'll look at the top 5 pronunciation mistakes Greek learners make. You'll want to make sure not to fall into these common traps.
After that, we'll begin going through the vowels and consonants of Greek. This is your chance to learn how to correctly say all of the words you just heard.
We'll finish up the series by covering some special topics that will really make your Greek sound natural!
To close this lesson, here's a question for you.
Why is it important to spend time on learning proper pronunciation, even if you're already an advanced speaker?
The answer...
You will be understood, and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in Greek. For beginners, you're creating a strong foundation to build on. And for more advanced students, this is your chance to improve your accent and lose any bad habits you may have picked up.
See you in the next Ultimate Greek Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Feel free to let us know if you have any questions-

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Monday at 11:14 PM
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Hi Kristina!


You will learn all about these few cases where letters are silent later on in the assimilation videos of this pronunciation series 😉.

After watching them, let me know if you have any more questions regarding such phonological phenomena. I'll be glad to help!


All the best,


Stefania

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Kristina
Friday at 04:11 AM
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Hi Stephania,


what about silent letters in Greek? I noticed you write letters that are not pronounced like the m before p and n before t. Could you please explain that bit where writing differs from pronounciation?


Thanks and kind regards,

Kristina

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James
Wednesday at 08:08 AM
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This lesson keeps buffering and won't load and play properly. Could you look into it. Thanks

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Friday at 09:16 AM
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Hi An,


Thank you for pointing this out!


I have updated the names of the letters to resemble more closely the Greek pronunciation of the letters.


Previously, the names were those according to how the letter names are called in the English language. I think it's more important to know the Greek names rather than the English names, so please learn them as they have been updated here (as víta, íta, thíta etc.)


Kind regards,


Stefania

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An
Wednesday at 07:18 PM
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Hello,


Why is beta, zeta, eta used here ? Quite confusing with vita, zita, ita :(

I'm an absolute beginner... What is the best way to follow ( so much information) ;)


Thanks !

An


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Tuesday at 04:45 AM
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Γεια σου Djole,


Εμείς σε ευχαριστούμε για το σχόλιό σου!


Στεφανία

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Djole
Monday at 01:56 AM
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Ευχαριστώ πολύ

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Tuesday at 11:57 AM
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Hi Nahed,


Thank you for the kind comment!


I'm glad you like these videos. I hope they'll be helpful!


Kind regards,


Stefania

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Nahed
Monday at 06:30 PM
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I really love it