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Greek Alphabet Quiz

You shouldn't have to be in a frat or sorority to name at least a few Greek letters. But if you are, can you name them all?
  • Ancient Greek, not modern
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Aug 23, 2015
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level 4
Nov 29, 2013
I never understood why in English they totally change the pronunciation of the actual Greek letters (in Greek)!? B is pronounced Veeta (Vita) not Beta M & N are not Miu (it is not like the sound of a cow!) & Niu (not like new!!). M is pronounced like Me (me/he/she). N is the same, it is pronounced Ne (like the beginning of the word NEither) P(Π) is not a pie and it is not pronounced like that either! It is Pee, like you want to do #1. If anyone goes to Greece and tries to spell Greek letters the way they are teaching them in English, I guarantee you no one will understand a word! This is the proper way to spell and pronounce the A-B: Alfa Veeta Gamma Delta (actually Thelta since the Word D is the combination of N+T in Greek hense not part of Δ which really sounds like the beginning of the word The) Epsilon Zeeta Theeta Iota Kappa Lamba Me Ne Xe Omikron Pee Ro Sigma Taf Ypsilon Fee Chee Psee Omega !!!
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level 45
Sep 23, 2014
Well, as a French who studied old greek back at school, I'd say that we are mostly teached old greek, not modern greek. And the prononciations are not all the same, our teachers often recalled us. Plus old greek is not teached for conversations, so for exemple the way to prononce the letters names is less relevent. I guess if you take a modern greek course, you would have to learn precisely the modern way to prononce them.
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level 45
Sep 23, 2014
Old greek studies don't necessarily concern modern greek studies, like learning latin is not all related to learning italian. If you take the latin alphabet, in french we don't prononce the letters the same way they do in english or in german. So don't take it personally as a greek speacker. :)
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level 33
Jan 6, 2015
Cedo, what the op says, is right. The names of letters in the quiz are totally wrong. He has spelled them correct, (if you can really spell letters in a foreign language) contrary to those that exist in the quiz. Your teachers could be wrong you know. Ancient greek, indeed included some other letters, and pronounced WORDS differently. NOT letters. The letters of the modern greek alphabet, that date back to those that existed at those times, retain their name. In any case, M is and WAS pronounced close to "Me" like in the sentence "he told me I was wrong". It was never pronounced close to Mu/miu or whatever. PS. I live in Greece, modern greek is my native language, and ancient greek is taught in our schools for many grades, and by many teachers. No one, simply no one could accept pronouncing M as Mu whatever the situation could be. Even wikipedia supports this... P.S. Let's face it, this quiz needs to be modified a bit.
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level 72
Jul 26, 2016
Reading this comment string, it seems the quiz instructions should be modified to ask how Greek letters have been traditionally rendered in English. While (apparently) incorrect, the spellings (and their associated pronunciations) in the quiz mimic essentially all English-language math and science textbooks where Greek letters are used.
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level 48
Jan 5, 2017
@Hermes Perhaps that is the case, but these are all correct spellings. English, Spanish, and French, for example, are all based on the Latin alphabet, but each language has slightly different pronunciations of the name for each letter. The pronunciation of the Greek letters in this quiz may be incorrect for a Greek speaker, but this is their correct Anglicized form.
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level 35
Aug 12, 2017
Tell your kids not to correct the math teacher when he/she pronounces π as pie. It angers them.
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level 34
Dec 18, 2013
Only missed tau.
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level 35
Dec 20, 2013
I got bored once so I decided to memorize it
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level 14
Dec 22, 2013
24/24 took me a while to remember but got there in the end lol
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level 2
Jan 23, 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQVoz-HX2cA for anyone who doesn't get this and fails the game go watch this amazing video trust me i learned all of them after i heard this and share the story also enjoy:)
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level 14
Jan 23, 2014
Loved it!
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level 25
Mar 6, 2014
Have no idea why, but a long, long time ago, someone dared me to memorize the Greek alphabet. I did so. For some bizarre reason, I cannot forget the thing!
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level 21
Apr 12, 2014
All those years of studying greek in Bible College paid off.
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level 29
Apr 18, 2014
Got it with 2:11 left
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level 4
Apr 18, 2014
I remember as a student in elementary school that my older brother, in university was studying greek philosophers, and one of his books had the Greek alphabet at the back of the text. I took it upon myself to memorize it. It's amazing how it came back to me. I got them all but some spellings slowed me down. P.S. I am now 66 years old, so that was a while back.
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level 25
May 3, 2014
Got 24/24. Watched this a couple of days ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQVoz-HX2cA
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level 1
May 8, 2014
αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρστυφχψω this is the greek alphabet im from greece
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level 10
Sep 13, 2017
The golden ratio is not a Greek letter
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level 28
Oct 9, 2017
Yes it is
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level 24
May 13, 2014
im only 15. Yet im shocked I get perfect within 30 seconds.
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level 18
Sep 13, 2017
Wow, and I'm like, shocked that I almost care.
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level 52
Nov 9, 2017
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level 72
May 16, 2014
At my school, pledges had to sing the entire Greek alphabet while marching in line, everywhere they went. There wasn't a person in my dorm, Greek or Indie, who couldn't sing that annoying song in our sleep! I'm surprised I had 2:21 left. Should have gotten it even faster.
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level 52
Jun 23, 2014
I'm a Greek-American and I knew the alphabet but not how to spell the words like you AMERICANS spell them :). Good quiz anyways.
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level 37
Aug 1, 2014
Makes it kinda ironic your username is Yankee
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level 41
Jul 30, 2017
Yeah. It should be iankee. That should at least be an accepted variation.
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level 7
Jul 31, 2014
>_> thank you Percy Jackson series/Heroes of olympus, because I got only 5 right T-T
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level 37
Aug 1, 2014
Thank you, Red vs Blue!
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level 16
Sep 7, 2014
TKE
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level 10
Oct 5, 2014
well I'm a Greek but it's so damn difficult to spell the letters in english since I only know them in greek..i only got 21 shame on me!
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level 8
Dec 4, 2014
Yeah, i'm greek too. Had to use my imagination for some of the spelling but got them all.
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level 40
Dec 6, 2014
I'm currently taking chemistry, physics, algebra two, and probability & statistics. Everything we use in those classes I got. (Except pi... I forgot pi.)
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level 33
Dec 6, 2014
holy crap, remembered the obvious four of course, as well as Xi from old Scrabble dictionaries.
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level 6
Dec 7, 2014
so cool
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level 73
Jan 5, 2015
Being a physicist, this was easy. I almost forgot theta, our favorite letter for angles, though...
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level 73
Jan 2, 2017
Anyway, some alternate spelling could be accepted : Khi for Chi, Ksi for Xi, Ypsilon for Upsilon.
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level 48
Jan 5, 2017
I'd like to see them accept α for alpha, β for beta, γ for gamma, δ for delta, etc. That would be hilarious
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level 28
Jan 5, 2015
Knew them all, but couldn't spell Xi. Oh well. 23/24
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level 20
Jan 5, 2015
yep yep winner
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level 44
Jan 5, 2015
Only reason I got these is because of Spectrobes.
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level 20
Jan 23, 2015
wut that
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level 28
Jan 6, 2015
This was a great quiz!
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level 20
Jan 6, 2015
ez as pi
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level 20
Jan 6, 2015
1:54 O.O
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level 20
Jan 6, 2015
testing testing 1234567890
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level 20
Jan 6, 2015
cool
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level 16
Jan 7, 2015
I'm such a loser, i only got "alpha" "omega" "delta" "pi" and "beta"
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level 20
Jan 23, 2015
r u serious
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level 20
Jan 23, 2015
no your not
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level 25
Jan 9, 2015
I have no idea what frats or sororoties are, but I studied Greek and got them all. Some have been anglicised, though, which made it a bit trickier.
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level 72
Jan 2, 2017
Most fraternities are societies at American colleges and universities, though not all are college-related. Most fraternities are for males and sororities are the female equivalent. The first one was named Phi Beta Kappa, and most have followed that tradition and used Greek letters for their names. Some are social, some are professional societies. On college campuses one is either "Greek" or Independent. One usually requests to be a member of the social fraternities, then members decide who to accept as pledges. Pledges formerly went through a hazing process before being accepted as a full member but most campuses have outlawed severe hazing. Professional fraternities may require a specific major or GPA to join and are usually co-ed. (At least this is how it was when I went to college during the Dark Ages. Things may all be different now.)
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level 20
Jan 23, 2015
i have an awesome scent of sensation on the greek alphabeta geta it ha not really a good 1
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level 14
Jan 25, 2015
Darn, it didn't take Illuminati.
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level 34
Feb 5, 2015
9 yrs old, 100%, 2:30 :) yay
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level 6
Mar 6, 2016
Splendid!
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level 6
Feb 27, 2015
Love the quiz!!!
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level 6
Mar 3, 2015
2:45!!!
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level 2
Mar 15, 2015
did it with 2:17 left that means i did it in 33 secs
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level 54
Apr 4, 2015
I am greek and I misspelled three letters.
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level 18
Apr 8, 2015
great quiz
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level 20
Jul 17, 2015
Hope u have a fantastic day every1
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level 20
Aug 1, 2015
Since I'm more mature and older than before I wish u all a fantastic day
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level 8
Sep 9, 2015
As a former math major that also took ancient Greek (reading the Illiad) I'm very embarassed to only get 21. Totally forgot xi and chi were different letters. Theta and Psi are obvious now that I see the answer. Argh!
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level 20
Oct 13, 2015
EEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYY! 1:38!
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level 56
Nov 22, 2015
14/24 and the ones I knew I got from math and Brave New World.
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level 9
Dec 1, 2015
Great quiz, i knew them all but i couldn't spell them
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level 20
Dec 24, 2015
Nice Quiz
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level 47
Jan 2, 2016
When I pledged a fraternity, back in the dark ages, we had to hold a burning match and say the Greek alphabet before the flame got to our fingers. I learned fast, and have never forgotten!
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level 15
Jan 27, 2016
Take that! I'm 13 and I beat most of you!
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level 56
Feb 18, 2016
24/24 with 2:19 left and I'm a sophomore in high school.
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level 48
Feb 21, 2016
όλα αυτά πήρε με 2:38 υπόλοιπες
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level 6
Feb 27, 2016
Hey, I had to cheat and barely completed in time and I am greek. Probably it has to do with the fact that it uses the barbaric prnounciations. cheeeeers!
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level 25
Mar 4, 2016
Greek letters are easy to remember but very unnatural to type. (since it's obviously not english)
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level 6
Mar 6, 2016
I am less then 11 years old and I got everything correct with a 2:05 minutes left.
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level 21
Apr 5, 2016
Physics calculus and fraternities made this very easy
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level 7
Jun 11, 2016
0 LOL
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level 41
Jun 22, 2016
Sigh, a former math major and I still managed to miss zeta, rho, iota, and psi.
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level 21
Jun 27, 2016
I tried "Xsi", "ksi", ... and then gave up to find that it is "Chi". never thought of this combination.
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level 73
Jan 2, 2017
Ksi = xi. There is no "s" sound in "Chi".
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level 25
Jul 8, 2016
Alpha Beta Charlie?
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level 19
Aug 1, 2016
0:49 100%
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level 36
Aug 26, 2016
Ε καλά, ευκολάκι ήταν αυτό. Δεν ξέρετε τι λέω, χοχοχο, γεια σας παιδιά.
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level 48
Jan 5, 2017
I'll be able to read it someday. Google Translate suggests that you think I don't know what you're saying, but obviously that's not the most reliable source.
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level 58
May 24, 2017
Sounds perfectly fine to me. I did not know what konos was saying until I let Google translate it.
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level 3
Sep 11, 2016
great quiz
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level 3
Sep 11, 2016
am 9 and got them with 2:35 left starting with 3
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level 63
Sep 26, 2016
Thank goodness my father was in a fraternity and I learned some of these letters
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level 58
Jan 2, 2017
He knew it would help you tremendously succeed later in life.
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level 66
Nov 30, 2016
Please accept Feta for Cheese. It's delicious.
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level 37
Dec 7, 2016
I'm a fetus and I got them all with 10 days left
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level 57
Jan 2, 2017
You forgot the last letter, "sir"
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level 56
Jan 4, 2017
Can't there be one for q? Quota?
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level 15
Feb 6, 2017
If you are/were ever in a Fraternity...this should be a cakewalk, as with most, it's drilled in your head for eternity wether you want to remember it or not :)
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level 26
Feb 10, 2017
yoz wuz goood im a drunck boi frum jeli iland end i liek peppur becuz it remids meh of teh tiem i wuz a fetus that sexually idetified as uh arhoarn and i liek teh smel of wahtur becuz it remynds meh of wen i wuz a kar. ppl actchualy thingk I luhk liek jorge ezruh. witch i kind of agreeee with becuz i do. Yu no i achshually smel liek porck, is pritty kool. bi frend
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level 26
Feb 10, 2017
I am so sorry
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level 13
May 2, 2017
Perfect with 1:01 left!
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level 13
May 2, 2017
I also memorized the greek alphabet
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level 2
May 22, 2017
10 out of 10 would play again. Best use of three days I must tell you.
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level 53
Jun 7, 2017
got them all thanks to 'xwing vs, tie fighter', unequivocally the greatest experience of my life
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level 17
Jun 10, 2017
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Omega... yah, thats it.
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level 35
Jul 22, 2017
glad we don't have to write the greek characters. I did well in Greek, but was always graded down slightly for my penmanship. And don't even ask me about Hebrew or Aramaic.
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level 28
Jul 31, 2017
Never learned the greek alphabet but got 8 simply from my memory of fraternity and sorority names lol
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level 21
Sep 13, 2017
i know most of them because of my math lessons
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level 59
Sep 29, 2017
The hint "Ancient Greek, not modern" is misleading. The alphabets of ancient and modern Greek are identical. Plus, the names of the letters are identical. The only problem is that what you're looking for is not hte letter names, rather than the translations the american educational system has chosen to use on the letter names. Please clarify it.
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