Greek Alphabet Is Beautiful!

Omicron

"Omicron" is literally "O Micron"—the "little" O as opposed to the big "O," "Omega." In ancient times, the upper and lowercase forms were pronounced differently, but now they're both just "o."

Pi, Rho

If you have stayed awake in math class, you'll recognize the letter "Pi." If not, it's going to take some training to reliably see it as "p," especially since the next letter in the Greek alphabet, "rho," looks like the English character for "P" but represents the letter "r."

Sigma

"Sigma," looks like a backward "E" but is pronounced "s." Its lowercase form has two variants, one of which looks like an "o" and the other which looks like a "c".

Intriguing Facts About the Greek Language

History

Modern Greek emerged after the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Greek is the oldest recorded living language, with written records spanning over 34 centuries.

Native Speakers

There are around 13 million native Greek speakers. The Greek speakers mainly live in Greece and Cyprus, but also in Italy, Albania, Turkey.

New Words

Along with Latin, Greek is still used to create new words in English and other languages.

Modern Greek Has Four Cases

  • 1

    Nominative

    The nominative case (Ονομαστική) is used for subjects of sentences.

  • 2

    Genitive

    The genitive case denotes possession. In Greek it is Γενική.

  • 3

    Accusative

    The accusative case is used for direct & indirect objects of sentences. In Greek it is Αιτιατική.

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