Greek Letters

GREEK LETTERS
Learn the names of Greek letters – not just the obvious ones like alpha,
beta, and pi, but the more obscure psi, xi, tau, omega.
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Learn not just
to recognize these letters,but how to pronounce them. Even if you are not
reading mathematics out loud, it is hard to think about formulas if ξ, ψ, τ, ω, ϕ
are all “squiggles” to you.
J. Hubbard
Below is a table of the Greek alphabetical order, with pronunciation guides for the letter
names and sounds that match how mathematicians pronounce them in English.This is not
always the same as Greek pronunciation, e.g., the sound of the letter β in modern Greek
is v rather than b, so βoλτ is Greek for volt, not bolt. If Greek borrows a foreign word
with a b sound in it, they transcribe that sound using the two-letter combination µπ, so
barbershop is µπαρµπ ´ερικo = barberiko and blues (the musical style) is µπλoυζ. (Compare
with Greek’s single letter θ where English uses two letters th.If your alphabet doesn’t have
a letter representing the sound you need, you have to improvise.)
Letter Name Sound
´αλϕα (alpha) a
β ´ητ α (beta) b
Γγ γ ´αµµα (gamma) g
δ δ ´ελτ α (delta) d
´εψιλoν (epsilon) e
ζ ´ητ α (zeta) z
´ητ α (eta) ee
Θθ θ ´ητ α (theta) th
ι´ωτ α (iota) i
κ´αππα (kappa) k
Λλ λ´αµβδα (lambda) l
µ´υ (mu) m
ν ´υ (nu) n
Ξξ ξ´ι (xi) ks
Oo
´oµικρoν (omicron) o
Ππ π´ι (pi) p
P ρ
ρ´ω (rho) r
Σσ σ´ιγµα (sigma) s
T τ
τ α´υ (tau) t
Υυ ´υψιλoν (upsilon) oo
Φϕ ϕ´ι (phi) f
χ´ι (chi) kh (or h)
Ψψ ψ´ι (psi) ps
ω ωµ´εγα (omega) o
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