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Old 07-25-2000, 09:42 PM
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I have NEVER been good at memorization, but I would like to memorize the Greek alphabet. Does anyone have any memorization techniques they can share so I can remember the alphabet past "theta"? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-25-2000, 10:02 PM
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I have a problem with memorization, too. Oh well, a little A.D.D. never hurt anyone. I think what I did way back when I memorized it was just to take it in groups of 4 letters at a time. Then just string the groups of 4 together.

Dumb technique. But it worked.

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Old 07-25-2000, 10:11 PM
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Try remembering the greek alphabet in a song. That should be helpful.


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Old 07-25-2000, 11:54 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by humblebumblebee:
Does anyone have any memorization techniques they can share so I can remember the alphabet past "theta"?
Here is a little rhyme, courtesy of From Here to Fraternity By Robert Egan:

This is Greek and how they spelt her-
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta,
Epsilon, Zeta,
Eta, Theta,
Then Iota, Kappa too,
Followed up by Lambda, Mu,
Nu, Xi,
Omicron, Pi,
After that, Rho, Sigma, Tau,
Upsilon, Phi, and still three more,
Chi, Psi, and Omega's twenty-four.


Give it and try and please post again if it works. Happy memorizing.


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Old 07-26-2000, 01:13 AM
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If you can't remember the Greek Alphabet, you have a long way to go.
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Old 07-26-2000, 02:28 AM
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I hope some of you could help me out with some pronounciation of these greek letters. Most of them I've heard from campus. But these two I haven't: Xi and Chi. How do you pronounce these two?? Thanks so much.


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Old 07-26-2000, 08:19 AM
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Xi = Zi (long I)
Chi = Ki (long I)

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Old 07-26-2000, 09:04 AM
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Whenever I needed to memorize long lists, I had a little trick that worked the best for me. Take the first letter and say it a few times, add the second and say them together, and the next one, and continue to say them out loud, and so on. I would just read the list out loud over and over, and eventually it would just stick in my head. Give it a try or modify it to your own preference (add 3 at a time, or whatever). Have fun memorizing...

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Old 07-26-2000, 09:13 AM
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Wow, this brings back memories of a year-long candidate period!! I associated a universal constant from chem/physics/math classes...the association works, believe it or not!

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Old 07-26-2000, 09:50 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Corbin Dallas:
Xi = Zi (long I)
Chi = Ki (long I)


Don't forget that when the letter Phi is preceded by a letter ending in 'a' (alpha, beta, etc.), it is pronounced FEE not FI (long I).

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Old 07-26-2000, 10:43 AM
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Do the webpage for the Office of Greek Life of your university. I didn't know the letters before - now I will remember them, and the way they're said, until the day I die.
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Old 07-26-2000, 04:13 PM
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Pretty Poodle,

You took the words out of my mouth. I think it really may be a difference between GLOs and BGLOs (not to bring up that topic again). I heard a girl at my school refer to Alpha Phi as Alpha Phi (fee NOT fi (long "I"). I was like what? Not only do we prounounce it witha long "I" within the Fraternity/Sorority name itself (but even when saying your chapter, I haven't heard someone say "I am from Beta Phi (fee) Chapter.

I would also like to know if this is "written" someplace. Just to know, ya know?

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Old 07-26-2000, 05:15 PM
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I would also like to know if this is "written" someplace. Just to know, ya know?
From the history of Alpha Phi Fraternity:

A professor of Greek at Syracuse University instructed the women to pronouce the letter Phi as "Phee" since this is gramatically correct following the vowel Alpha.




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Old 07-26-2000, 05:31 PM
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As far as pronounciation goes:

Our Americanized Greek alphabet uses a hybrid of Greek and English pronounciations. The Greek way to pronounce letters like Phi, Chi, Psi, Xi and Pi would be Fee, Kee, See, Zee, and Pee, respectively. Also, Beta, Zeta, Eta, and Theta are Greek and we pronounce those letters, "correctly"

For instance, Phi Beta Kappa in Greek would be Fee Bayta Kahpa. In English it would be Fie Beeta Kaypa. However, we use a hybrid which we know as Fie Bayta Kahpa.

Conversely, more often then not hybrids are the norm in GLOs. One major exception would be FIJI, aka Phi Gamma Delta. Make the connection.....
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Old 07-26-2000, 05:50 PM
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I know we've been through this whole vowel this before, but this is my take on it.

Please correct me if I'm wrong because I'm no Greek expert!

PnguinTrax, I think they mean that Alpha itself is a vowel, not that Alpha ENDS in a vowel. You used the examples Alpha and Beta. Although they both END in vowels, only Alpha is actually a vowel, hence the difference in pronunciation. Beta itself is a consonant. So the rule works not with "a letter ending in a vowel", but rather when a letter IS a vowel.

Don't need to go into this whole thing again, but I hope that clarifies things a little.

Oh, and RainMan--that was very interesting! I never heard of "hybrids" when discussing Greek/English pronunciations before!
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