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Learn The Greek Alphabet in 30 Minutes

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4 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

      4:40
    • 2. First 12 letters

      9:37
    • 3. Last 12 letters

      11:05
    • 4. Some details and considerations

      7:18
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In this course you will learn how to:

  • Read and write using the Modern Greek Alphabet, with the lower and upper cases and some combinations of letters that have particular sounds.
  • Recognise Greek words that are similar in English and guess their meaning.

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1. Introduction: hello and welcome everybody to this course about learning the Greek alphabet. We will be learning the alphabet used today in modern Greek in the countries of Greece and Cyprus. Now this is the Greek script. What you see here, Andi, just I would like to mention that this is the same alphabet that was used in ancient Greek . It's just that some pronunciations off. Some letters change in modern Greek. OK, but what you will learn is, of course, the script with the modern pronunciation. So, first of all, why should you learn the Greek alphabet off course in first place? Because you will be able to read and write one of the most engine languages in the world. Greek, together with Latin, is where you can find the classical cultures on being able to read. With this script, I will give you access to a huge amount off Texts, offers books on your culture in general, but also because you will be able to recognize Greek words that are similar in English and guess their meaning. What I mean with this is, for example, if you have a look at a text in modern Greek today, you might be able to tell what some words mean if you're able to read them because they're exactly the same or very similar in English. Yeah, even that they came from Greek. Also, this process is not difficult. Why is it not difficult to learn the Greek alphabet? Well, it's a very familiar system. You write it like English from left to right. On every letter represents one symbol. Roughly also, many letters are similar to Latin characters to English characters or identical. For example, 14 capital letters are exactly the same. Let's have a look at this box here. These are the capital letters in Greek. These are the lower case letters. You can see that, for example, that Alfa is the same as the English A. The O is the same. Here we have the veto, which is like the English be Ah, for example, the M is also the same. The end Answer one. Answer one. So, of course, you don't need to make an effort to learn those uneven in the lower case. They're not exactly the same, but some of them look very similar to English letters on It's fun as well. You probably have tried to learn another language. Spanish, French, German. But they all use the same script. Uh, this is a different one, and I think it's fun. Interesting, too. Just give it a go and learn another alphabet. Now, this course is structured in three lessons. In the first lesson, you will learn the 1st 12 letters off the alphabet upper case and lower case. In the second leg. Off course, it will be the other 12 letters and that will complete the total of 24 on their lesson. I will talk to you about some details in the alphabet on some combinations off letters that have specific sounds. Okay on, We will also read some words that are very similar to the English words so that you can see that you can actually read them. And you can guess what some words mean in modern Greek. Okay. And then to finish with for the project eyes going to be something very easy on practical. I'm going to give you some words in modern Greek. On you will try and tell me what they mean in English on this will be, of course, after you mastered the alphabet and you can read them, for example. I will give you this word and you will be able to read it. You will read it as the mocha idea. And from there I want you to guess what that word means in English. Just by the sound off on how you spell it. So the market idea in this case, it's democracy. I will want you to tell me democracy or something similar. Just worth half that route off. Democracy. Um, that's my name. You more than Greek. You will also be able to write your name in modern Greek. So, yeah, I hope you enjoy these 25 minute course. Enjoy and see you in the first lesson. 2. First 12 letters: all right? Yes, I so welcome. Teoh, The first lesson in this first lesson you are going to learn the 1st 12 letters of the Greek alphabet on. Then in the second lesson, we will learn the other 12. We will learn the lower case on the upper case. So without further ado, let's start with our first letter. Our first letter is the Alfa. Okay, this is the name off the letter. This is the sound that it has on. This is the upper case on the lower case. So this is how you write the upper case? Exactly the same as the English A On this is how you write the lower case. You can also write the lower case like this. Probably. This looks a little bit more Greek to you. What? That contains the letter. Alpha, for example, is the word on man ass Ana Ness okay on us, it means pineapple. Great. That was our first letter. Let's move onto the 2nd 1 The second letter is Vita. Okay? Andi, be careful because it has a V sound. Not be sound. The way you write this letter is a case the same as the English be. I'm then the lower case. You can also write the lower case like this. You probably also looks a bit more Greek. So you like this? What? That contains the letter. Vita is the word. Viv. Leo, we've Leo, OK? It means book. It's actually where the English word Bible comes from. Because it's a compound of books. Reveal Leo. Good. So that was Alfa Vita. Let's see the next two letters. Okay, that 3rd 1 is a drama, Sam. Okay, this is how you right the upper case. So it's a square, but only these two sites on. This is how you write the lower case. Now, this letter has two different pronunciations. If it's put followed by on a or e sound use a year, for example. Easy s. But if it's followed by any other letter you say ever sound, for example, is that cut? Okay, Z, is that the good? The next letter is the venta Velveeta. You pronounce it as this sound. Forget that Velveeta. Uh, this is how you write the upper case? Like a triangle on for the lower case. You're going to right on eight. The number. But you're going to stop in the middle. You're not going to close it. Okay, so you do like this Good. A word that contains the letter, then that is the Vega Vaca. Okay, though their god, it means 12th. Good. So we have Osama Velva. Let's continue. The next letter is ex alone. Excellent. And it has on a sound. So this is how you write the upper case? The same as the English E. This is how you're right. The lower case. It's like a three. But facing the right side of what? That contains the letter Absalon is. And now Okay, one enema. Good. The next letter after the Absalon is the letter. The letter, Zita, Zita. And it has a zit sound. This is how you arrived, the upper case, like in English. That or see on. This is how you write the lower case. Good of what? That contains the letter. Zita is, for example, the word Zo. Okay. Uh, this means animal Zor. And it's actually where the English word, for example. Psychologist comes from everything related to animals. So good. So Absalon, Zita, let's move on to the next couple off Letters here. We've got the letter eat that pita. It has an e sound. The upper case. You write it like an English H, and then the lower case is like an English end. It's very confusing, but both of these have and eat sound. Okay, that's the cheetah, a word that contains the letter. Geeta is the word years. It means some use good next letter. This is the feta. It has a certain sound, as in the English word thumb or get feet that so. So for the upper case, it's a circle with a line in the middle on. For the lower case, it's the same thing, but a big smaller. You can also write the lower case like this, a word that contains the letter feet. That is, the word fails for fails. It means God. That's where the English are. Theology ist, for example, theology where those words come from. All right, let's move on. Four letters left in this lesson. The next letter is the Yatta iota. Okay for the S and e sound iota for the upper case, it's like the English on then for the lower case. It's just like that. Do not put a dot on the Yoda because that would be a mistake. Okay, in Greek, we do not put a dot on the yoga word that contains the letter. Your duck, for example, is the word. He's a funny guy. East Monica. Spanish is Bob me? God. Good. I will. Next letter. Kappa. Okay. The Greek K Kappa Uppercase Samos in English on lower Case of what? That contains the letter. Kappa is the world. Yeah, below. Yeah. Kill a kilogram below. Good. So Iota Kappa on, then. The last three. In this lesson, we have the lumber lam va. Okay, The Greek l. So for the upper case, you're going to write a triangle. But without this side here and then the lower case, you write it like this. A word that contains the letter. Lumumba is the word. Late morning, Les money. Lemon. Okay. On our last letter in this first lesson is the letter me okay with them sound for the upper case. It's the same as the English M. And then for the lower case, you're going to write it like this. All right. A word that contains the letter Meat is the word, mama. Yeah, Mama me. So lamda me good. So we have already seen 12 letters. We have learned all of these. Okay. Alfa Vita Rama Delta Epsilon Zita. Geeta Sita. Iota Kappa. Lambda me In the next lesson, we will learn the other 12. We will complete the Greek alphabet. Good. So see you in the next lesson. Goodbye. Yes, US. 3. Last 12 letters: All right. So welcome to the second session. In the first lesson, we learned the 1st 12 letters of the Greek alphabet Alfa Vita Zama. Then that Epsilon Zita, eat that. See that iota Kappa Lambda me in the second session, We are going to learn the rest of the Greek alphabet. The other 12 letters. So let's get started. The first letter in this block is going to be the letter knee. Okay. No, no, be careful is not a V. It's a Greek end. Okay, me? So this is how you write the upper case? It's like the English and on. And this is how you write the lower case. For example, the word narrow. Narrow, which means water Narrow. Good. Let's go to the second letter in this block. This is the letter C See? Okay. It has the sound off on X C. This is how you write the upper case. So three lines on the one in the middle a bit shorter on this is also a bit difficult. This is how you write the lower case like this. Okay. What that contains the letter C, for example, is the word send off San north which means foreign. Right? Santos, let's move on to the next couple off. Let us the next one that we have Is the letter on me grown? Oh, me grown, which is an O Army ground. This is the upper case on the lower case. Easy, for example. The word off, though. Oh, no. Which is the number eight gusto. Great. Let's move onto the next one. You might recognize this from mathematics. This is the letter B. Okay, It's a P. This is how you write the upper case. And this is how you write the lower case? Some people also right the upper case like this on the lower case like that, for example, in the word for then what? Porta. But Porta, which means door Great. Let's go to the next couple off letters. The next one is the letter row ISRO. It's the Greek are it looks like a P. It's a bit confusing because it looks like a P, but it's on our Okay, So this is how you're right? The upper case, like a P Andi vics, is how you right the lower case. But remember that it's an are okay row, for example, in the word Is this moss? Okay. Reef Mosque! Reef, moss. One second I get now the eighth most. All right. Next one is the Sigma Sikma. This is how you write the upper case. Okay, so Sigma s on. Then why have we got two different versions here? I'm going to explain to you why, If the sigma is at the beginning, off the word or in the middle of the word, you're going to write it like this in the lower case. Okay? Some people also write it like this. But if the sigma is at the end off the word, you're going to write it like this. So, upper case, no matter where it is, lower case at the beginning or in the middle Off the word lower case on Lee at the end off the world. When is the last letter, for example? The word. So, Kolata So go love the Okay, It's of the beginning off the word. So this sigma So Kolata chocolate. But for example, I have the name by north bowels, every common Greek name for for a man Panels. Because it's the last letter here. I'm going to write it like this in this case. Okay. Is the on the letter that has two versions for the lower case? Good. Let's go to the next to the next one. Is that tea? It's tough. Okay, The stuff, the upper cases where you see, like in English. And that's the lower case. Okay, Some people also write it like that. Or even like that. For example, that word the event. Okay. At Savannah Restaurant. Very typical in Greece. The Velma great next letter is the Epsilon Epsilon. It has an e sound. There are many letters in Greek that have the sound. This is one of them, Absalon. That's the upper case, like the English wife. And that's the lower case. Like an English. You okay, for example, we find absolutely in the word keep nose. It knows. Okay, which means sleep. That's where the words in English hypnosis. Yeah, all those words come from. Okay, let's continue. We only have four letters left to finish our Greek alphabet. The next one is the feet. The Greek F feet. This is how you write the upper case. And this is how it you're right. The lower case, Some people also right the lower case like a small evasion off the upper case, for example, I will give you the word feel Loss off fear fee low. So fee off course. This is a Greek word. Of course it makes philosophy. And of course, philosophy comes from Greek s. Oh, yeah, F feed law. Sophia. Great. Next letter is that he? So it has a sound similar to the English H uh, not seeming not the same 100% but similar. So this is how you spell capital, See, on a lower case he like an X, for example the word house. It's house. It means chaos, which is a Greek word house. Get a house on Finally, the two last letters in the Greek alphabet. Second last is C See? Okay, It's like it's a P and a nest together in that one letter C. So this is how you write their capital C. This is how you write the lower case c. For example, in the word side society, which means fish society. I'm finally the word Sorry. The letter or mega or metta? The last letter in the Greek alphabet. This is how you write the upper case. Some people also right. The upper case like this. And then the lower case, for example, in the word order oil, which means our order. And it has the sound often or like the army ground that we saw before. All right, so now we have seen all the letters in the Greek alphabet. I'm going to repeat them one last time. You can try on Repeat that with me. Alfa Vita, then. Uh, excellent. Zita, eat that seat. The iota go, uh, lounges that me, me see only grown. Okay, Row Ciroma stuff Epsilon. See? See. See home ever. Great. So now we've seen all the letters were done with Thea Upper case Lower case. In the next lesson, I'm going to teach you how you can combine some of these letters to produce are the sounds that I haven't told you yet. Eso yet. That will be our last lesson in this course about learning the Greek alphabet. Thank you very much. See you in the next lesson. Yes, us 4. Some details and considerations: All right. So welcome to this last session off the cause. In these lesson, I'm going to speak to you about some sounds that we haven't covered yet. And how you can write those sounds in Greek eso before we start. I've just summarized here or the letters of the Greek alphabet on the word that I told you with every single one of them, right? So I got a list off points here that I want to talk to you about. The first point is accent Okay, An accent. Meaning a line that you put on a vowel in Greek thing Accent is called Thanos. Okay. For example, the what? Thanos has a turn off on the Omega Ron here. What that indicates is that you're going to pronounce the syllable with more intensity. Okay, this is the stressed syllable. So you say Donald, you know they don't not You say dog knows all these words here have accents, for example, for the okay, you see, there's an accent on the only grown poor Well still se nos for example. So Kolata bind off on in Greek. The accents are very easy to put because every word that has more than two sea levels is going to have one on you. Just put the accent on the stressed syllable. That's it, for example. Spanish is funny gun. So just put it in there. Wherever you see an accent, you just say that syllable with more intensity. Easy. Correct. Next point. How do I say some sounds in English that we haven't covered? Okay, there be sound. You probably think Oh, okay, that's easy. We have the veto here, but this is a V sound. Okay, Viv Leo, it's not be sound. So how can I say But but Greek, You put a meet and not be together on that combination is a big sound. For example, the bus. Okay, father by bus. Something with that deep sound. You probably think, Oh, that the vendor here. But this is the sound. It's not that It's the so hard to I say the the sound you put me on a tough together. For example, da mata tomato dough Mata. Then some other details. For example, that job sound The closest thing that we have in Greek is the tough with the Zita. For example, that Ziggy here the geeky This is the food in Greece. The source Very, very delicious. So, Tzatziki, what about that chip? Sound what we do? We put a tough on a Ciroma, for example. Sanda Sanda. Okay, this means back Sadah on again. We also have the other combination here, which is that deep sound. Okay, The one that we saw right here. So sad is not 100% that in English, but it's the most approximate thing that exists in Greek. And then the new sound Uh, what you do is you put the army ground with the Absalom, for example. No meadow, no medal, which means number. So these two letters together are the sound. Then whenever you have these letters so the iota Geeta Epsilon. Those three have exactly the same sound. Yeah, so as e e Exactly. The same e. And also these two combinations of letters are pronounced us e. Okay, so, e all of that is the same. And then the Alfa with the iota is a just for you to take into account, okay? No, we're going to practice. These are a word Are old Greek words that have given English words. Andi, I think you will recognize those words. Okay, The 1st 1 I'm giving you just a few seconds to check. If you can read most of it if you can read all of it And if you can recognise or English word it gave. Okay. This What is your over, mama? But over Nama. Don't forget the Donald's. It indicates the stressed syllable Put over Rama. Okay, Of course it means program. Next one V or loggia Viola year biology again. Let's continue practicing. What about this one? Give it a go. A few seconds. Okay. This one. You read it for over Rafia fotografia. And of course, it means photograph for So this element here means our light on then. This is from Garafolo, which means to write. So it's how you write the light. Okay, that's that. That's a photograph. Give it a go. This one. How would you read this one? Okay, you say the left for no the left for no telephone. Of course. Next one more seedy. Okay, this is the combination that I was talking to you about earlier here. Morsi music next one by Negroes. By any course, the panic This one here, but of Lima. But over Lima Problem. This one here. Score, Leo, score. Leo, This is a school on the last word. Sistema sistema. This is a system sistema. Okay, so now you're able to read a lot These words on any other signs or any other? Um, yeah, anything that you see, when you're angry, you will be able to read it. Okay. Seems, uh okay. That was everything in this course. I hope you enjoy that on. Yeah, goodbye. Yes, US.