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Lesson 3

Learn to Read Greek

  Ok. You've learned the alphabet and how each letter sounds. Also in lesson 2 you've learned the double letters and their sounds. I'm assuming now that you want to use your knowledge. Let's learn how to read Greek!
  The easy thing about reading Greek is that you pronounce all the letters. There is no such thing as a silent letter.
  Keeping that in mind, and of course knowing the sound of the letters and doubles, let's try to read the following  examples:

Pay special attention to the first example. It shows the way
that you should be thinking, and putting together the sounds of the letters, in order to read and say each word. Click on the syllable or the word to hear it.


Example 1

Table 3.1
: We have the letters ,,,. Put the sounds together.
The letter M as the m in "Mother".
The letter as the a in "Father".
So the first syllable is pronounced ma.
The same for the second syllable.
So we have the word "", which means "Mom".

Example 2

Table 3.2
: We have the letters ,,,,,,. Put the sounds together syllable by syllable.
and = - sounds pa
and = - sounds te
and and = - sounds ras
All together it is "" which means "father"

Example 3

Table 3.3
: We have the letters ,,,,,,. Put the sounds together syllable by syllable.
= Double letter - sounds ou as in Lou
and a = - sounds ra
and and = - sounds nos
All together it is "" which means "sky"

Example 4

Table 3.4
: We have the letters ,,,,. Put the sounds together syllable by syllable.
and = Double letter - sounds dg as in dg in lodge, and a sounds dga
and = - sounds kee
All together it is "" which means "fireplace"

   You might notice the little mark on the top of some letters.
We call that "" (accent). Be patient you'll learn all about it in Lesson 5.


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