Greek Alphabet Chart with Obsolete Letters and Breather Marks by Harvey Bluedorn
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Greek Alphabet chart
Although the Greek alphabet is an ancestor of the English alphabet, the order and shape of the English letters are essentially the same as that of the Latin alphabet and not the Greek letters. Since most Greek words came into English through Latin, it has had the greatest influence on the transliteration of Greek for use in English. The Latin alphabet is a modification of one of the many Greek alphabets. The order and shape of the Latin letters are the same in English except that the Classical Latin alphabet had no j, u, or w; which were introduced sometime during the Middle Ages. The Greek alphabet used today is based on the one that was used in Athens by the end of the fifth century B. The table shows the modern English pronunciation of each ancient Greek character as it is now generally used in English.
Home News Alphabets Phrases Search. Greek belongs to the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European language family. In there were about There were about , Greek speakers in Australia in , and in there were about 20, Greek speakers in Italy [ source ]. Greek was first written in Mycenae with a script known as Linear B , which was used between about and BC. This variety of Greek is known as Mycenaean. On Crete another script, known as the Cypriot syllabary , was used to write the local variety of Greek between about and BC.
Greek alphabet origins
By deTraci Regula. Traveling in a foreign land can be stressful, especially if you're going alone and don't speak the language. While you may not need to know how to read the Greek alphabet if you're on an organized tour of the country, it will certainly help orient you in Greece if you're able to read signs around town or greet people during the holidays.