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Cities by Greek Spelling

Think you know the Greek alphabet? Prove it by translating these city names from Greek to English!
Quiz by ThirdParty
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First submittedSeptember 24, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 24, 2012
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Greek
English
Μελβούρνη
Melbourne
Τορόντο
Toronto
Σάο Πάολο
São Paulo
Πόλη του Μεξικού
Mexico City
Βοστώνη
Boston
Λονδίνο
London
Ζυρίχη
Zurich
Δουβλίνο
Dublin
Κοπεγχάγη
Copenhagen
Μουμπάι
Mumbai
Greek
English
Βαρκελώνη
Barcelona
Λισαβόνα
Lisbon
Βιέννη
Vienna
Σικάγο
Chicago
Μόσχα
Moscow
Γενεύη
Geneva
Κωνσταντινούπολη
Istanbul
Χονγκ Κονγκ
Hong Kong
Άμστερνταμ
Amsterdam
Μαδρίτη
Madrid
Greek
English
Ντάλας
Dallas
Γιοχάνεσμπουργκ
Johannesburg
Φραγκφούρτη
Frankfurt
Ντουμπάι
Dubai
Σαγκάη
Shanghai
Ουάσιγκτον
Washington
Πεκίνο
Beijing
Βρυξέλλες
Brussels
Τζακάρτα
Jakarta
Βαρσοβία
Warsaw
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level 66
Aug 21, 2012
Great quiz! I've never learnt Greek but still got 100%. :)
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level 66
Aug 27, 2012
Huh, I had no idea you used nasal + voiceless plosive to denote a voiced plosive.
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level 49
Aug 27, 2012
Yeah, I didn't know about that either until I made the quiz. It's also interesting to notice the names where Greek _doesn't_ do that, but instead just uses a fricative. (e.g. "Duvlin" or "Mathrid".) These are a tip-off that _our_ alphabet used a voiced plosive to denote some sound that _it_ didn't have, and that these names aren't pronounced exactly the way we tend to imagine them to be.
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level 72
Jun 5, 2015
Nice quiz!
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level 59
Jan 7, 2016
I'm not Greek but I know this: the beta, delta and gamma in Ancient Greek were pronounced as b, d and g are in Latin. At some point people started pronouncing them as v, dh and gh/y. But since most languages still have voiced plosives (b, d, g), Modern Greeks need a way to spell that too. Interesting quiz by the way!