Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 1,517
    #1

    greek letters

    Hi guys!

    Does anyone know a reference on internet where I can find the common
    pronunciation of the greek aphabet (simple letters) in English?
    I mean in audio files so that I can download and practice repeating over and over.

    I found some of them on merriam-webster dicitionary, but not all of them, such as mu, nu, etc.

    I need to know how they are pronounced in math and physics formulas, in
    common informal English.

  1. konungursvia's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 5,158
    #2

    Re: greek letters

    You don't put in your location, so we can't help you. They're pronounced differently in the UK and US.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,109
    #3

    Re: greek letters

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Hi guys!

    Does anyone know a reference on internet where I can find the common
    pronunciation of the greek aphabet (simple letters) in English?
    I mean in audio files so that I can download and practice repeating over and over.

    I found some of them on merriam-webster dicitionary, but not all of them, such as mu, nu, etc.

    I need to know how they are pronounced in math and physics formulas, in
    common informal English.
    Also, do you understand any phonetic systems. If you know IPA, it would a simple matter for someone here to transcribe them for you.
    I say them like this (AusE pronunciation. Some might use 'a' on the end rather than a schwa):

    /ælfə/ /bi:tə/ /gæmə/ /deltə/ /’epsIlon/ (or /ep’saIlon/) ... /mju, mu/ /nju, nu/ …

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 1,517
    #4

    Re: greek letters

    I know they sound differente according to the region, but I am mainly interested
    on standard American English and standard British English. As I told you before, I would like to know how math and physics teachers, professors and
    researchers pronounce the greek letters in math formulas. Native English
    speakers I mean.

    Regarding the phonetic systems I am trying to learn them, however at present I
    can't say I manage any. That's the reason I would like to know somewhere I could download some audio file samples.

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,109
    #5

    Re: greek letters

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I know they sound differente according to the region, but I am mainly interested on standard American English and standard British English. As I told you before, I would like to know how math and physics teachers, professors and researchers pronounce the greek letters in math formulas. Native English speakers I mean.
    Yes, I gather that. But konungursvia has already told you that these people pronounce them differently.
    I had a computer lecturer who said /beta/ (bayta) Others say /bi:ta/ (beeta) - although I have to admit they were Australian, so they're not quite in the class you're looking for.

Similar Threads

  1. Have you happened to see letters for me after I left?
    By flytothesky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Mar-2009, 22:46
  2. Capital Letters in Address Field (Family name)?
    By SFalkenstein in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Sep-2008, 10:30
  3. Finishing / signing off letters
    By HaraKiriBlade in forum Letter Writing
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2008, 12:53
  4. Letters and Emails
    By M.Mozaffary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2008, 12:33

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •