#4 [Greek/German] Back to Elementary school

Geia su and Hello!

Todays meeting lead us to Pella’s Café for a brunch.

The goal of today was quite ambitious, but we had some stuff, we had to talk about before we learn other stuff from our cultures. Today’s lesson was about the Alphabet! As some people might know, there is a slight difference between our alphabet and the greek one. Let me show it to you, this is the normal one:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

And now comes the Greek one:

A Β Γ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ X Ψ Ω

Eva already knew the normal alphabet, so I just introduced her to some differences in the German language. For example: Ä Ö Ü or SCH and SP, which is always very hard to pronounce for people who are not used to it. But here is one example, where the small dots can be crucial!

SCHLAGER     –     SCHLÄGER
⇓                              ⇓
Traditional          Someone who
German Music      punches people

The letters in the Greek alphabet also have names. A is alpha and Ω is omega. The most interesting thing I learned today is the fact, that Greece had such a big impact on society and science. The small Greek letters for example are used in mathematics. I start being more impressed, every new lesson again.
alphabet

But because the Greek language is not hard enough, they also decided to do some dipthongs:

αι which is pronounced like ε
οι,ει which is pronounced like η,ι,υ
ευ which is pronounced like ev or ef

And as we were inspired by elementary school for today’s lesson, we started making the learning easier and just wrote one animal for each letter down. Here is Eva’s version for me:

A – Άλογο (horse)

Β – Βουβάλι (Buffalo)

Γ – Γάτα (cat)

Δ – Δελφίνι (dolphin)

Ε – Ελέφαντας (elephant)

Ζ – Ζουζούνι (bug)

Η – Ημίονος (μουλάρι) (donkey)

Θ – Θαλάσσιος Ελέφαντας (sea lion)

Ι – Ιπποπόταμος (sea horse)

Κ – Κατσαρίδα (cockroach)

Λ – Λαγός (rabbit)

Μ – Μέλισσα (bee)

Ν – Νυχτερίδα (bat)

Ξ – Ξιφίας (swordfish)

Ο – Οχιά (viper)

Π – Παπαγλος (parrot)

Ρ – Ροφός (grouper)

Σ – Σκύλος (dog)

Τ – Τρωκτικό (rodent)

Υ – Ύαινα (Hyena)

Φ – Φώκια (seal)

Χ – Χταπόδι (octopus)

Ψ – Ψάρι (fish)

Ω – Ώτος (μπούφος) (a type of owl)

 

I really like the Greek language, when spoken, but today showed me that it might be harder to learn than I thought!

Keep updated and  ta leme!

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