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The Greek Alphabet is a no-cost download from Electricka that shows all of the capital and lowercase letters of the modern Greek alphabet, and most, but not all, of the classical Greek alphabet.





The Greek Alphabet is organized in the form of a table in which each letter is a symbol, with symbols that represent the capitals (uppercase or large letters) in the left column and the symbols that represent the lowercase (or small) letters in the right column. The name of the symbol, spelled in English, is in the right-most column.

Each row in the table represents a specific letter in the 24-letter Greek alphabet. Reading from left to right, a row contains an image of the capital letter, an image of the corresponding lowercase letter, and the name of the letter spelled in English, in that order.

Each symbol denotes a single vowel or consonant—a single sound in the Greek language. Pronounce (sound out) the English name of a letter in the table and expect to hear how the letter is pronounced in all but a few cases. For example, pi and tau sound just as you might expect; but xi is pronounced more like the letters zi. Chi is pronounced with a hard ch. And Psi is pronounced as if it were two syllables, with p almost silent. If you must be sure, your best bet is to consult a pronouncing dictionary or look online.

Mathematicians, physicists, chemists, biologists, earth scientists, and other scientists use these symbols everyday as part of their working vocabulary. Certain scholars consistently read ancient texts in Greek, especially religious writings and original Greek and Roman texts dating from about 550 BCE to about the 5th century CE.

You don't have to be a scientist or bible scholar, be Greek, or travel to Greece in order to interpret the Greek alphabet. Everyone runs across these symbols at one time or another. You'll run into them in ordinary reading, some kinds of school work, when travelling to certain parts of the world, in movies or television documentaries, in some older documents, on old coins, and in other situations and places.

  • Explore the Greek alphabet at The Muse Of Language Arts Feature titled About The Greek Alphabet: click here.
  • Continue your exploration of the Greek alphabet at the Wikipedia web site page titled Greek Alphabet. There's lots more to know: click here.
  • Explore other alphabets at The Muse Of Language Arts Feature titled Alphabets, Letters, & Words: click here.

Suggestions for Use

The table takes the form of a computer file. Keep the table handy for future reference on your computer and open it whenever you want to decipher Greek writing; or print it and take it with you. Consult the alphabet when you want to:

  • Sound out written Greek words the way you would sound out words in your native tongue.
  • Check a mathematical, physical, chemical, or other formula containing Greek symbols.
  • Locate, identify, and pronounce Greek symbols or text in homework, on the Internet, on statues, or elsewhere.
  • Copy individual letters from the table and paste them into your word processor or other programs. Since they're images, you can make them larger or smaller.

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The Greek Alphabet is a graphic image contained in a file organized in PDF format and is intended to be used with an Adobe Reader or any app that lets you read PDF documents. personal computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, PDAs, or any other device that allows you to use Adobe Reader.

Letters are in Times New Roman font. Individual letters are recorded in text mode rather than graphic mode, which means that you can copy and paste them or edit them if you have suitable editing software.

To download The Greek Alphabet to your screen:

  1. Click the link in the Navigation Box, below, or in the To Do box at the top-right of this page.
  2. The document appears in a new window.
  3. Read it on your screen or save it in a directory of your choice.

To save The Greek Alphabet to a file on your computer:

  1. Right-click the link in the Navigation Box, below, or in the To Do box at the top-right of this page.
  2. A window appears inviting you to SAVE or OPEN the file.
  3. Select SAVE TARGET AS.
  4. A window appears that allows you to navigate to the directory or your choice.
  5. When the download is complete, click the file or open Adobe Reader and then open the file.

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Good "Greeking!"

About the Greek Alphabet

The Greek alphabet has given rise to many other alphabets used in Europe and the Middle East, including the Latin alphabet. It is used for writing modern Greek today. In addition, its letters are employed as symbols in mathematics and engineering, as particle names in physics, as the names of stars, in the names of fraternities and sororities, in the naming of certain tropical cyclones, and for other purposes.

  • Explore and download a copy of the Greek alphabet: click here.

About the English Alphabet

English is the lingua franca of the modern world. We all take it for granted, but the machinery of the world would grind to a halt without it. You may find exploring the origin of this wonderful, workaday linguistic tool surprisingly interesting.

  • Explore and download a copy of the English alphabet: click here.

Explore other alphabets

Find links to other alphabets and explore them at The Muse Of Language Arts page called Alphabets, Letters, And Words: click here.

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