Familiar Vowels

You have already seen a, the Greek equivalent of our English a.  Greek also has vowels that correspond to the other English vowels: e, i, o, u.

 

E, e is pronounced like the e of let.

      eb

      ek

      eba

      men

      deka

      beked

      demana

      adenda

I, i sounds like the i in pin or machine.

      tid

      bia

      dia

      iba

      ina

      bid

      tinen

      entida

      ide

O, o is like the o in hot.  Notice that this sounds very much like a.  The only detectable distinction is that a is an ah sound, while o is an aw sound.

      to

      dio

      ton

      bod

      kanon

      onoma

      kanoda

      entoma

      kontom

U, u should actually be pronounced like the German u in brüder, but the u in turn is a close enough equivalent for most people.

     bud

     tuna

     nut

     dunon

     tanun

     beduna

     unduba

     edukate

     dunamin