The Greek alphabet(updated august 4, 2007)
For many years it was assumed that the oldest existing writing would be in Greek. It exists from around 800 years after the beginning of our era. The Greek alphabet originates from the same period. What stand out in this alphabet are the strange characters that are in it. It has 24 characters that people with a technical background will recognize as the characters are widely used, especially in physics.
Below are the characters of the Greek depicted together with their names and you can read about the pronunciation of the particular character.
|vita / wita||v|
|ghàmma||Between 'g' and 'j'. When the character comes before something that's pronounced like a 'o', 'oe' or 'a' it sounds like a 'g' or a 'h'. It sounds like a 'j' if it comes before a 'i' or 'e'.|
|dhèlta||dh (soft), like in 'This', 'There' en 'That'.|
|èpsilon||'e', a short 'e'.|
|íta||ie, als in 'niet'|
|thíta||th (sharp), like the English 'Thick'.|
|iòta||ie, als 'íta'.|
|kàppa||k. When before a 'i' or 'e' it sounds like 'kj'.|
|òmikron||o, like in 'kop'.|
|ro||r, a rolling 'r'.|
|ípsilon||ie, like 'íta' en 'iòta'.|
|chi||soft g, like in the German 'Ich'.|
|omèga||o, like 'òmikron'|