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Name that Greek Letter Quiz

Guess the name of each selected Ancient Greek letter.
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First submittedFebruary 22, 2012
Last updatedAugust 10, 2019
Times taken100,624
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Symbol
Name
Π π
Pi
Δ δ
Delta
Ε ε
Epsilon
Α α
Alpha
Ρ ρ
Rho
Γ γ
Gamma
Κ κ
Kappa
Η η
Eta
Symbol
Name
Ο ο
Omicron
Υ υ
Upsilon
Μ μ
Mu
Ξ ξ
Xi
Ω ω
Omega
Ζ ζ
Zeta
Σ σ
Sigma
Θ θ
Theta
Symbol
Name
Λ λ
Lambda
Φ φ
Phi
Ι ι
Iota
Ψ ψ
Psi
Τ τ
Tau
Ν ν
Nu
Χ χ
Chi
Β β
Beta
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level 42
Feb 22, 2012
Aw yeah, 100% with 3:19 left. When I learned the Greek alphabet back in fourth grade, I knew it would pay off some day. |^)
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level 16
Mar 25, 2015
Being greek probably didn't help much.. I never learned the letters' transilteration in english, haha! 19/24
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level 36
Mar 16, 2016
Me too...I believe it's a little bit difficult being a greek and trying to solve this
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level 52
Aug 18, 2016
It would be αλφα instead of alpha, for example, right? Shouldn't answers like that be accepted?
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level 48
Mar 14, 2017
Also Greek, never understood why they spell "Omicron" with a c. "Omikron" makes more sense, as Kappa is more of an equivalent to k than it is to c.
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level 52
Mar 20, 2018
There are a lot of examples of words with a κ in Greek that becomes a C in English. For example, the prefix micro- from μικρός, or the name Cyrus from Κύρος. I agree that it doesn't make the most sense, but it's common.
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level 67
Sep 18, 2018
The problem is not that αλφα isn't an accepted answer, it is more that some letter's english spelling has little to do with the original greek pronounciation which makes it impossible to guess a phonetic spelling when you don't know the answer.
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level 52
Feb 25, 2019
The English spellings correspond fairly closely to the original pronunciation, but only if "original" is taken to mean "Classical Attic."
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level 66
Jul 23, 2017
I learned the Greek letters from an astronomy book I own. Heehee...
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level 36
Oct 17, 2017
ha, i learned most of these from math class
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level 70
Jul 29, 2018
Watching Revenge of the Nerds paid off with Lambda Lambda Lambda.
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level 51
Feb 22, 2012
100% Yay for math!
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level 26
May 10, 2016
The overuse of theta. So true, thank you calc.
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level 44
Feb 23, 2012
Where did you guys go to school? Learning the Greek alphabet in grade school; very cool!
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level 36
Jan 2, 2015
I never learnt at all! I wish I was taught in school
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level 15
Feb 23, 2012
Pi takes the cake.
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level 43
Feb 23, 2012
I agree with 2Boo2. We've never learned any greek letters in school but I still got 22/24
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level 33
Feb 27, 2012
100% with 3:28 to spare
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level 42
Mar 5, 2012
@2Boo2: I went to school in suburban Philadelphia, and we did a unit on ancient Greek culture in like fourth grade. But I think I probably remember the alphabet more because I have a knack for languages than because it was such an important part of the curriculum.
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level 42
Mar 5, 2012
Oh, and it helps that I've had a lot of courses in sciences, maths, statistics, and logic, all of which have their favorite Greek symbols.
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level 36
Apr 5, 2012
got them all with 3:22 left :)
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level 38
Jul 24, 2019
3:27
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level 38
Aug 11, 2019
Now 3:32
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level 44
May 3, 2012
I have also seen it spelled "Omikron"
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level 55
Sep 5, 2012
They forgot to include "Sir", the last letter of the Greek Alphabet when pledging a fraternity!
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level 2
Mar 9, 2013
α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ τ υ φ χ ψ ω
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level 81
May 6, 2014
Upsilon? I tried it with Ipsilon and Ypsilon, never did I imagine... Is the spelling Americanized or do they spell it like that in Greece too? In that case just my country changed the spelling..
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level 14
Jul 11, 2014
15/24 I'm greek and know the alphabet in greek, but these are spelt weird
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level 67
Jan 22, 2016
Because this is an English language quiz site the answers use the English spelling. I don't know if there is a Greek quiz site, but if there is then the spelling would be in the Greek language.
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level 42
Sep 5, 2014
Actually, as a Greek, i have to say there are too many mistakes here. Ρ is Ro, Y is Ipsilon, M is Mi, Λ is Lamda, T is Taf and N is Ni.
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level 37
Sep 5, 2014
You are confusing the ancient Greek with modern Greek then.
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level ∞
Sep 5, 2014
I added a note that this is ancient Greek.
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level 58
Sep 5, 2014
Tau may be pronounced Taf, but I'm sure it's still spelt with an upsilon, even in modern Greek. ευχαριστώ (thanks) is pronounced "eff-charis-to" but it's still written the way it always has been. Same with mu and nu, pronounced mee and nee but written with upsilons.
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level 58
Sep 5, 2014
Well, thinking about it, maybe I just am wrong about the alphabet. It just strikes me as odd, but maybe typical ,that the only country in the world which doesn't teach the traditional Greek letter spellings would be Greece. In English we maintain 'ph' spellings in words which are derived from Greek words that contained Φ, but in Greece the very letters are now spelt with iotas instead of upsilons.
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level 44
Sep 6, 2014
They are not mistakes, it is just the traditional transliteration used by English native speakers. And as this quiz is in English, there is nothing wrong about it (:
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level 72
Sep 5, 2014
If you had fun trying a new alphabet here, you may also like to try Name That Russian Letter!
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level 59
Sep 5, 2014
Someone should make a quiz about the modern spellings of Greek letter names. They are different from the classic ones and even more different from their names in English.
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level 37
Sep 5, 2014
Kept trying "Labda", all ready to comment that the quiz was wrong lol.
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level 40
Sep 5, 2014
100% :) I taught myself the Greek alphabet and a few words in Greek in a few hours.
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level 58
Sep 5, 2014
Isn't it spelt Lamda??
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level 22
Sep 5, 2014
The only reasons I got most of these are because of physics class and Red vs Blue
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level 21
Sep 9, 2014
i am greek and i got only 22. There is no nu, it's ni, there is no mu it's mi ! jesus
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level 76
Sep 7, 2015
Are you Ancient Greek?
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level 65
Nov 6, 2014
Interesting Fact: if the radius of a pizza was z, and the depth was a, the volume would be Pizza (Pi x z x z x a)
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level 22
Jan 6, 2015
To think that joining a fraternity at Slippery Rock State College (Sigma Pi = Sig Pigs) in 1975 somehow proved useful. I bested Bluto Bartowski with a 0.0 GPA.
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level 27
Mar 27, 2015
Got them all, Sophomore in College; guess Greek does pay off in the end :p
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level 46
May 1, 2015
You should definitely accept omikron as an alternate spelling, since there's no c in Greek and you'd spell it using a kappa. I've always learned omikron, and never seen it written this way outside this quiz (I understand using omicron because of "micro" but that's an Anglification of the original Greek spelling)
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level 53
May 5, 2017
As is this quiz.
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level 55
May 1, 2015
Got them. My sister taught me well. I did get stuck on lambda temporarily, though, because I left out the B.
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level 58
May 25, 2015
Here is a simpler way for english pronunciation imo, if you want it to sound more like actual greek than klingon lol: Β: vee-ta Ζ: zee-ta H: ee-ta Θ: thee-ta I: yo-ta M: me (what is mu seriously?) N: nee (pronounced like knee) P: should be exactly like "p" in english they changed it to avoid confusion. R: raw (much more accurate) T: tough Y: he-psilon Φ: fee Χ: he Ψ: psi but like saying pepsi not psychic I think this should make it easier for both you and us. I had a really hard time understanding greek letters at my british uni and it was crazy.
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level 67
Mar 14, 2016
Should have gone to a Greek Uni.
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level 44
Apr 22, 2016
did anyone else just pick the letters on their keyboard
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level 25
Jul 8, 2016
Hideously corrupt.
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level 59
Dec 5, 2016
100% with 3:25 left! Learned some Greek in middle school, don't remember more than the basics of the language, but I still have that alphabet DOWN.
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level 77
Dec 5, 2016
Some alternate spellings could be accepted : ksi for xi, khi for chi, ypsilon for upsilon, omikron for omicron.
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level 47
Dec 5, 2016
Thank you Maths and physics
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level 12
Dec 5, 2016
so weird how they are written
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level 48
Dec 19, 2016
Yes... very happy to get all of these.
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level 57
May 4, 2017
Is it bad that I used the fraternities and sororities from Monsters University? XD
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level 23
May 27, 2017
All correct.I'm not even greek!
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level 42
Nov 7, 2017
Omicron with a K (omikron) should be acceptable as well
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level 46
Mar 20, 2018
i guess doing ancient greek for gcse helped a lot with this! 100%
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level 57
Dec 10, 2018
tried Ypsilon for a few, same with theta, but for the wrong ones.. Still 50% right! never had greek, and no such things as sororities here. So know pi from maths, gamma from gamma rays. and a few more in similar ways. Alpha and omega are terms you here now and then
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level 46
Dec 11, 2018
Got 23/24. Science studies are useful at least for one thing.