Greek Letter Pronunciation and the Greek Alphabet Song

  • Greek letters and pronunciation of the modern Greek alphabet.
  • How many letters in the Greek alphabet?
  • What are the Greek letters?
  • Greek alphabet song.
  • English translation of Greek alphabet song.
  • Pronunciation video included.

Hello everybody! And welcome to It's Greek to Me. With your host, Frieda Babbley!

Hi! Thank you! Thank you everyone. Thank you. Hi! Thank you.

(Clears throat) I am here to answer a very interesting request made by Ryan Hupfer. Hi Ryan! Yoohoo! Ryan? Hi there! Over here. Make yourself at home.

Ryan, it's interesting you should ask this question, because not five minutes ago, I was vacuuming and singing the Greek alphabet song with my daughter, Sasha. (Say hi to everyone sweetie.) "Hi." (Good girl.) The Greek way to say hi is "Allo". As in, Good to know... allo. =D

But of course that is not what we are here for.

We are here because Ryan wants to know how many Greek letters there are, and what those Greek letters are. Greek being my first language I thought I'd help a fellow hubber out. And now I shall attempt (successfully, I believe) to answer this request.

Prepare to be amazed, and learn something while you're at it.

How many and how to...

There are, indeed, 24 letters in the Greek alphabet. You can find them in a variety of places, with a few variations in phonetics and spelling.

This is how I say them (as phonetically as possible. Please note that I am using gy to stand for that guttural g sound you have to make to get that hair out the back of your throat).

  1. Αα alpha
  2. Ββ veeta
  3. Γγ gyamma
  4. Δδ thelta
  5. Εε epseelôn
  6. Ζζ zeeta
  7. Ηη eeta
  8. Θθ theeta
  9. Ιι yeeôta
  10. Κκ kappa
  11. Λλ lahmbtha
  12. Μμ mee
  13. Νν nee
  14. Ξξ xee
  15. Οο ômeecron
  16. Ππ pee (don't laugh!) (no, it is not PIE people! NOT pie!)
  17. Ρρ rho (try to roll you're R)
  18. Σςσ seegyma
  19. Ττ tauf,
  20. Υυ eepseelawn
  21. Φφ fee
  22. Χχ hee
  23. Ψψ psee
  24. Ωω ômaygya

Greek Alphabet Chart - Greek letters with their corresponding arabic counterparts. This is hot stuff.

http://cd7.e2bn.net/e2bn/leas/c99/schools/cd7/website/Greece.htm
http://cd7.e2bn.net/e2bn/leas/c99/schools/cd7/website/Greece.htm

Please People! Take Note!

The second letter in the Greek alphabet may look like a the English letter Bb, but it does not sound like a Bee! It actually has a Vee sound. That's right. Say it with me... Veeta. (Clap! Clap! Clap!)

The third letter in the modern Greek alphabet, is not gamma as in gamma rays, it starts out in the back of your throat as if you were going to hack up a fur ball then you open your mouth up as if you're actually going to come out with one. Let's please get this right people, it's important!

This next one has irked my goat since I first heard it mispronounced in geometry class. The greatest of scholars choose to mispronounce this particular letter. I understand if math is like dessert to you, but pronunciation is the key to success, at least one of the keys. So If you see the letter Π or π, could we please hold in our giggles and pronounce it PEE not pie?

ABC's Greek Primary Style!

There is a Greek alphabet song that goes along with the Greek Alphabet, much like we have in America. Actually it is more of a chant. At any rate, the translation is a bit astonishing. None the less, it is taught in schools to this day. (Please note that I have dashed each syllable and have put an apostrophe at the end of each stressed syllable, so you can sound more like you know what you're doing.)

This is what you chant after you chant the Greek Alphabet. It's loads of fun. Try it out yourself...

Par'-eh teen tsan'-da sou' keh fehv'-ya

mee' -seh ar-hee'-so me' teen' ver'-gya.

Translation:

Get your purse and keep running before I start you with the ruler.

in other words...

Take your school bag and hurry off

before I start to spank you with the ruler.

It's sarcasm, almost like a joke. You're supposed to chuckle. If you're a child, you're suppose to chuckle, in fear. Yes, we Greeks are a hoot!

Here's a video starring moi, Frieda Babbley. Hope this clarifies things a bit further for you.

For those who can't view the following video (Eleni, for example) here is the link that should work for you to see It's Greek To Me.

Frieda Chillin' Out and talking the Greek alphabet and Greek Alphabet song. For your viewing and listening Pleasure.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Hope you enjoyed today's episode of "It's Greek to Me".

We'd like to thank Ryan Hupfer for making such a fantastic request.

Now go show off your new foreign language skills!

Please feel free to leave us with your questions and or comments. Got any ideas for a future episode, let us know and you could be featured, like Ryan Hupfer here. Adio for now! (That's Greek for, goodbye. A-dee'-oh!

PLEASE NOTE:

Frieda really really likes getting the thumbs up. So if you like what you read, or you laughed even just a little, smile and say, "Thumbs up Frieda!" Then go and actually click on the thumbs up, the green button just above the comments. (That gives you brownie points.) So does the plus one at the top. =D

Sung in Greek with English Subtitles

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Shenella Champlin 4 years ago

I thought it was great!! :D i actually needed this for my project in geography(: it helped a lot. and u have a great personality lol. also what is greece like?? do you live there?? Someday i would like to visit there... someday. but thanks!!


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

CC Collins, thanks, I'm glad to be of service. Glad you stopped by. It is quite amazing that there's not more about appropriate pronunciation of modern Greek. I always found that quite odd.

asleemdssafdsf, hi there. Thanks. And yeah, having a hobby is a very good idea. Good luck with the guitar. Lots online to help you out without even having to go anywhere.


asleemdssafdsf 5 years ago

Nice hub, I was thinking about starting guitar as a hobby since I don't really have any you know. :)...thnx for the info and great hub.


CC Collins 5 years ago

THANK YOU - for publishing the correct pronounciation of the letters. I learned the G alphabet from a Greek-born scholar; so, I knew that the letters are not being pronounced correctly most of the time. I am sharing your website with my grandkids for their edification.


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

huj, thanks much!

mtariqurre4w, it's Frieda, teehee, not Patty, but thank you so very much. Hope you're not still dizzy! Happy new year.


mtariqurre4w 5 years ago

Amazing Patty.You gather so much information I am just getting a bit dizzy.We could never watch sun spots,Only astronomers can tell us.But I see you love this too.I wish I could give something more than thumbs up for this.You have both my thumbs.UP of course!


huj 5 years ago

love it


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi pinkhawk, lol, you got it! So glad you had fun here. Thanks much for stopping in for a read, a listen, and for commenting. Much appreciated.

Winsome, thanks man! I love Rosanna Rosanna Dana =). I had a cold but gave myself a goal, and thus the crazy hair in the vid. Did you like the gasses? I miss them, they broke =(.

Roflmao. Yeah, that wouldn't go over so well, would it? funny. I'll get to those clips asap, thanks for letting me know. And yeah, I know I know. Having a magazine is no easy task at first. But things will settle down soon enough and I'll be able to spend more time here. Thanks =) you made me feel mighty special.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Wow looked like Rosanna Rosanna Dana forming those letters. =:) Masterful production and absolutely love the dialogue. Was it the green button or the red I should have pushed---I get so confused since the Matrix. =:) Since my son's math class has Pie Day (using the greek pee symbol of course) where everyone brings a pie to school, imagine their confusion if it were pronounced pee. "You're bringing WHAT to school?" Miss you on the hubs, we're having fun here...check out the canine clips...


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

...Allo! wow this is fun and educational, got my curiosity when I read the title, thank you for sharing! This is really cool! :) :)...so it's PEE not pie, i'll remember it! :)


PSPmovies 6 years ago

Thanks for the info! Great post!


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thanks SJ.

Hi OpinionDuck. Interesting, yes. Thanks so much for the read.

Hi freta! You're looking wonderful today, and inspirational as always. Yes, it's handy knowing a little something that the person next to you may not. Thrilled you enjoyed this. Thanks so much. Great to see you here.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

This is a hub to bookmark for sure. I know I'll never learn Greek, but using this hub will be like a cheat sheet. Really good Frieda, from Freta.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Interesting


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Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thanks Lgali! Much appreciated.


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Lgali 7 years ago

another good hub lot of nice info


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

:P


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

I'm smart enough not to tell.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Oh, nice. Where're you gonna keep them?


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