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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

Greek Alphabet Vs. Greek Using English Alphabet?

I always see Greek in the Greek alphabet but then I see Greek using the English alphabet. Is it the same letters just using different alphabets? And how can you translate something Greek using Greek alphabet to Greek using the English alphabet?

5 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Do you mean to ask this:

    You see Greek people sending text messages in Modern Greek, but using the Latin alphabet?

    That is quite usual, and it even has got a name: Greeklish and a Wiki-entry:

    Greeklish conveniently does away with a lot of spelling difficulties (Modern Greek is quite a headache if you want to get the spelling right). to make things look Greek, they use some Latin letters that look like Greek letters, but the pronunciation is Greek:

    egw = εγω, pronounced ego

    nolu = πολυ pronounced poli


  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Greek Alphabet Vs English Alphabet

  • 8 years ago

    Okay, this answer may only apply to ancient Greek, but here goes:

    Any word that can be written in the Greek alphabet can be transliterated into Latin script (the alphabet in which English is written), although the reverse is not always the case.

    Most of the letters which look the same in the two alphabets are the same, but there are a few "faux amis" where the letter looks the same but is pronounced differently. The best example of this is H, which is a capital Eta in Greek (pronounced as a long "ee" sound in Greek), but is the initial sound of "happy" in Standard English. Other examples are Y (a Greek Upsilon, pronounced as a "u" sound) and the letter X (a Greek Chi, pronounced as a "ch" or "kh" sound).

    Learning to transliterate is not hard, although learning Greek is obviously a different matter. You might like to have a look at for a start. Although it looks fiendishly complicated, an hour's practice will mean you can transcribe any Greek word into English. Have fun and good luck!

    Source(s): Studied Ancient Greek at University.
  • 8 years ago

    I just wanted to say that there's no such thing as english alphabet in this, the alphabet that English uses is the latin alphabet that also uses the Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, etcc language. It's called the latin alphabet, not english alphabet.

    Source(s): Me
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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    You mean, you see Greek transliterated into Latin letters?

    It's not TRANSLATING. It's TRANSLITERATING. Look up the word.

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