First Steps in Pronouncing New Testament Greek
The purpose of this course is to help you learn how to pronounce New Testament Greek. Just as each person pronounces English in his own way, there is some variation in Greek pronunciation. But the system presented here is a standard one that should be understandable to any Greek student. This program presents all the information you need to pronounce any word in the Greek New Testament.
You can be thankful that Greek pronunciation is much simpler than English.
- In English, one syllable may be pronounced in several ways. For example, ough is pronounced differently in though, through, trough, plough, rough, or hiccough.
- In Greek, however, each letter has one pronunciation (or two at most), and will almost always be pronounced that way.
The procedure followed in this program is simple:
- Each sound is explained, then you are given some practice words.
- The speaker will pronounce each word twice, pausing each time so that you may say the word yourself.
The letters are not given in alphabetical order, but presented with the most familiar ones first to make it easier to learn efficiently. The words used in the samples are not all genuine Greek words, but they are still legitimate practice exercises.
There are times when it can be very useful to know the alphabetical order of the letters, because many Greek dictionaries arrange the words in alphabetical order. You can click on the following link to see a copy of the Greek alphabet in alphabetical order.
Now let’s get started!