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Lesson 2

Double Letters

   Besides the 24 letters of the alphabet, the Greek language uses a few vowel and consonant combinations to create sounds.
Don't get frustrated now!!! These combinations are standard. Once you've learned them you'll be able to correctly read every word, sentence or book! Click on the Greek words to listen to an example.

Table 2.1
Double Vowels Double Consonants
αι = like e in bet - αίμα
οι = like ee in beet - οικογένεια
υι = like ee in beet - υιός
ει = like ee in beet - είμαι
ου = like ou in Lou - ουρανός
αυ = like af in "after" - αυτί, or
    like av in "avocado" - αυγό
ευ = like ef in "cleff" - εύκολο, or
    like ev in "evolution" - Εύα
μπ = b like b in boy - μπαμπάς
ντ = d like d in door - ντύνω
γκ = g like g in get - άγκυρα
γγ = g like g in get - Ευάγγελος
τσ = ts like ts in pots - τσέπη
τζ = dg like dg in lodge - τζάκι



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