World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

English pronunciation of Greek letters

Article Id: WHEBN0006810188
Reproduction Date:

Title: English pronunciation of Greek letters  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Leon M. Lederman, Pi, English words of Greek origin, English phonology, Greek letters used in mathematics, science, and engineering, Oops-Leon, Ancient Greek phonology, Pronunciation respelling for English
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

English pronunciation of Greek letters

This table gives the common English pronunciation of Greek letters using the International Phonetic Alphabet (see World Heritage Encyclopedia:IPA for English.) It is the pronunciation of the ancient Greek names of the Greek letters using the English teaching pronunciation. Sometimes, especially in the sciences, the vowels will be pronounced closer to the Greek, for example /ˈpsiː/ instead of /ˈsaɪ/ for psi.

Greek Ancient Greek
Α α ἅλφα Alpha /ˈælfə/
Β β βῆτα Beta /ˈbiːtə/, US /ˈbeɪtə/
Γ γ γάμμα Gamma /ˈɡæmə/
Δ δ δέλτα Delta /ˈdɛltə/
Ε ε ἔ ψιλόν Epsilon /ˈɛpsɨlɒn/, UK also /ɛpˈsaɪlən/
Ζ ζ ζῆτα Zeta /ˈziːtə/, US /ˈzeɪtə/
Η η ῆτα Eta /ˈiːtə/, US /ˈeɪtə/
Θ θ θῆτα Theta /ˈθiːtə/, US /ˈθeɪtə/
Ι ι ἰῶτα Iota /aɪˈoʊtə/
Κ κ κάππα Kappa /ˈkæpə/
Λ λ λάμβδα Lambda /ˈlæmdə/
Μ μ μῦ Mu /ˈmjuː/, US less commonly /ˈmuː/
Ν ν νῦ Nu /ˈnjuː/, US /ˈnuː/
Ξ ξ ξεῖ Xi /ˈzaɪ/, /ˈksaɪ/
Ο ο ὄ μικρόν Omicron /ˈɒmɨkrɒn/, traditional UK /oʊˈmaɪkrɒn/
Π π πεῖ Pi /ˈpaɪ/
Ρ ρ ῥῶ Rho /ˈroʊ/
Σ σ
ς (final)
σῖγμα Sigma /ˈsɪɡmə/
Τ τ ταῦ Tau /ˈtaʊ/, also /ˈtɔː/
Υ υ ὔψιλόν Upsilon /juːpˈsaɪlən/, /ˈʊpsɨlɒn/, UK also /ʌpˈsaɪlən/, US /ˈʌpsɨlɒn/
Φ φ φεῖ Phi /ˈfaɪ/
Χ χ χεῖ Chi /ˈkaɪ/
Ψ ψ ψεῖ Psi /ˈsaɪ/, /ˈpsaɪ/
Ω ω ὦ μέγα Omega US /oʊˈmeɪɡə/, traditional UK /ˈoʊmɨɡə/[2]


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.