It is important that you learn the Greek alphabet as soon as possible, and that you feel completely comfortable with it. You need to be able to read the alphabet (upper- and lower-case letters), and also to feel comfortable writing the alphabet. You should associate each letter with a sound, so that when you read and when you write, you feel comfortable sounding out the letters. Remember: the alphabet is just a device for creating written signs that remind you of the sounds of Greek!
The order of the letters in the alphabet is only important for when you are using a dictionary. So rather than learning the letters in alphabet order, I strongly suggest that you learn them in the following order, practicing each group until you feel completely comfortable with it, and then moving on to the next group. There are a total of three groups:
Vowels. There are 7 vowels for you to learn.
Consonants. and More Consonants. There are 17 consonants for you to learn.
Complete Alphabet. You can now practice the complete alphabet, with all 24 letters! Make sure you use this list of Bible names to Practice Reading and Writing.
Diphthongs. Learn to pronounce the vowel combinations called diphthongs. Then make sure you use this list of Bible names to Practice Reading and Writing the Diphthongs.
Nasal Vowels and Semivowels. Some more vowel sounds for you to learn.
Syllables. Learn how Greek words are divided into syllables and then take this Practice Test.
Aspiration and Breathing Marks and Accent Marks and Punctuation Marks. These marks are important in knowing how to pronounce the Greek and how to understand its meaning.
Practice Passages. Practice writing out these Bible passages and reading them out loud. Audio files are also available to help you with the pronunciation.
The most important rule is this: you must MAKE NOISE. Learning to write the alphabet is also a way to start practicing Greek pronunciation! If you want to learn the alphabet you absolutely must make noise while you do this. The alphabet is a way to record sounds in writing. If you do not make the sounds, you will not be able to really learn the alphabet.
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