Quartz Hill School of Theology

The Greek Alphabet

Α α alphaa as in father
Β β beta b as in bat
Γγ gamma g as in goat
Δ δ delta d as in dog
Ε ε epsilon e as in Ed
Ζζ zeta z as in zoo
Ηη eta e as in Beta
Θθ theta th as in the
Ιι iota i as in it
Κκ kappa k as in kite
Λλ lambda l as in lite
Μμ mu m as in mom
Νν nu n as in now
Ξξ xi x as in Xylophone
Οο omikron o as in hop
Ππ pi p as in pet
Ρρ rho r as in race
Σσ ς   sigma (note: the ς occurs at the end of words)   s as in silly
Ττ tau t as in hat
Υυ upsilon u as in soup
Φφ phi ph as in phone
Χχ chi ch as in loch
Ψψ psi ps as in psalms
Ωω omega o as in phone

ASSIGNMENT: Memorize and learn to write ALL of the letters of the alphabet, as well as to pronounce them correctly.

Writing the Greek Letters

These letters are written on the line: α ε ι κ ν ο π σ τ υ ω.

These letters are written partly on and partly below the line: γ η μ ρ ς χ

These letters are written partly on and partly above the line: δ θ λ

These letters are written on, above and below the line: β ζ ξ φ ψ

The capital letters will only be used when they begin a proper noun. Sentences begin with small letters.

ASSIGNMENT: Practice writing all of the letters above on lined paper so that they are correctly written.

Vowel Combinations

When two or more vowels α ε ι ο υ occur together they are pronounced as one letter. The following chart will indicate the correct pronunciation of these vowel combinations in Greek (called diphthongs):

αι as in aisle
ει as in height
οι as in oil
αυ as in kraut
ευ as in feud
ου as in group
υι   pronounced like wee

Whenever γγ, or κγ occur together, they are pronounced "ng" as in "angel"

ASSIGNMENT: Practice correctly pronouncing the vowel combinations above.

Contact Details

Telephone: (661) 722-0891
Email: info@theology.edu
Website: www.theology.edu

Quartz Hill School of Theology
43543 51st Street West
Quartz Hill, CA 93536

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