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ā     -   date, pay

ă     -   Sam, ham

æ or Æ   -   date, pay  

This site is using the grapheme 

æ or Æ, the ash, to signify the long ā sound (as in the words date or pay) of the letter epsilon in transliterations.  The digraph αι (alpha-iota) is represented simply as "ai" in transliterations, which has the identical long ā sound. We are writing them differently to enable individuals to discern whether the letter ε or the digraph ai was used in the original Greek.  They are both pronounced the same.

ai    -    date, pay  The digraph αι (alpha-iota) represents in transliterations the identical long ā sound of the other symbol, the ash (æ or Æ). We are writing them differently to enable individuals to discern whether the letter ε or the digraph ai was used in the original Greek.  They are both pronounced the same.

aw  -   talk

a     -   not, pot, ah

a͞r    -   bear, swear

ē     -   bead, seed

ĕ     -   text, get

e     -   burn, learn

e͞r  -   hear

i     -    bead, seed  This website is using the letter i to represent the ee sound, as in the words bead or seed in transliterations.  The letter i is also being used to represent the following digraphs: ει and οι as well as the letter Η (η).  All of these are pronounced the same: as the vowels in the words bead or seed.  The exception is the letter upsilon [Υ (υ)], which is pronounced exactly the same, but is represented on this site with the letter y in transliterations, to help the student differentiate whether the original Greek word used an epsilon or an upsilon.  

ī       -   sight, high

ĭ       -   sin, pin

      -   dill, fill

ō      -   hope 

oi     -   soy, boy (oi is not used in transliterations to represent the monopthong omicron-iota, which is pronounced like the vowel-sounds in bead or seed.  We are not using the oi in transliterations at all.)

ou     -  toot, duty, boot; in transliterations used to represent the monopthong ΟΥ (ου)

ow   -   pout,  doubt

o͡r     -   whore, bore

o͝o    -   book

oo    -    toot, duty, boot; in transliterations, this sound is generally represented with the monopthong ou, which takes the place of the Greek ΟΥ (ου).

o      -   sun, under

ŭ      -   snub,  cub

u      -   dumb

y      -    bead, seed This website is using the letter i to represent the ee sound, as in the words bead or seed in transliterations.  The letter i is also being used to represent the following digraphs: ει and οι as well as the letter Η (η).  All of these are pronounced the same: as the vowels in the words bead or seed.  The exception is the letter upsilon [Υ (υ)], which is pronounced exactly the same, but is represented on this site with the letter y in transliterations, to help the student differentiate whether the original Greek word used an epsilon or an upsilon.


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