Greek Alphabet Academy is developed to help those who are interested in the Ancient Greek Alphabet, mathematics and physics and want to memorize quickly and easily the upper- and lowercase of the Greek letters and their English pronunciation. The two key teaching and training concepts are progressive introduction and focused repetition. The 24 letters are broken down into manageable units (levels) to ensure efficient learning and training. If you are not particularly interested in the alphabet but in improving your memory in general, Greek Alphabet Academy is also a useful tool.
- three modes (reading, listening and speaking) to master all aspects of the Greek alphabet.
- iconic learn-train-test method to ensure efficiency and fun at the same time.
- in total 24 levels for learning and training and 20 challenges for testing: learn and train first with ease and then challenge yourself with pressure.
- calculated amount of repetition for smooth and efficient progress.
- choose your favourite font for the Greek letters and their English names.
- the Info page provides insights into functionalities and features of the app.
- the Explore page allows users to see all the letters of the Greek alphabet (upper- and lowercase) and click on them to see their English names and listen to their pronunciation.
What’s Ancient Greek Alphabet?
The Ancient Greek Alphabet differs from the Modern Greek Alphabet in the pronunciation of some of the letters. This app teaches the Ancient Greek Alphabet, which is used in mathematics, physics, astronomy and other sciences instead of in the modern Greek language. For example, the lowercase epsilon (ε) is used for an arbitrarily small positive number, lowercase pi (π) for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, capital sigma (Σ) for summation, and lowercase sigma (σ) for standard deviation.
The Explore page allows users to see all the letters of the Greek alphabet (upper- and lowercase) and click on them to see their English names and listen to their pronunciation.
What are the learning modes?
In total there are four modes for learning the Greek alphabet, namely Reading (Greek to English as well as English to Greek), Listening and Speaking. After completing all the four modes, you should master all the aspects of the Greek alphabet already.
In the Reading mode, you can learn the letters from Greek to English or from English to Greek. At the beginning of each level, four letters are introduced one by one and you should try your best to remember them. After going through 4 learning cards, you will start a quiz game, which trains and enhances your knowledge. Along the way, you can always listen to the English pronunciation of the letters.
Different from the Reading mode, the Listening mode focuses on training and testing the user’s ability to recognize the Greek letters by listening while the Speaking mode focuses on training and testing the user’s ability to speak them.
Levels and challenges
In short, a level focuses on introducing and training new letters while a challenge tests what you’ve learnt. In a level, first a few new letters will be introduced and you should try to remember their Greek letters, English names or pronunciation (depending on the mode). Then you’ll start a quiz game to train your knowledge. In a challenge, you must make less than 3 mistakes to pass it.
What settings can I change?
Under Settings in Greek Alphabet Academy, you can change the font of the Greek letters and their English names as well as the button text. You can also enable/disable the button sound, correct/wrong sound (when you answer a question correctly or wrong), button vibration and vibration on error.
Tips and suggestions for the speaking mode
Due to the rules imposed by Google and Apple, voice recognition (speaking mode) works different on Android and iOS devices.
On Android devices, starting and ending of recording are marked by a sound, which can not be switched off in Settings of the app. In the levels and challenges, the recording starts automatically and you only need to press the button to start the recording if you make a mistake or what you’ve said can not be recognised. On Android devices, the speaking mode doesn’t work offline.
On iOS devices, you must press the microphone button to start the recording and press it again to stop the recording. The start and stop are not marked by any sound. There’s also no correct or wrong sound in the speaking mode on iOS devices. A correct answer is marked by “Correct!” on the screen and a wrong answer is marked by “Try again…” on the screen and vibration (if vibration on error is switched on in Settings). On iOS devices, the speaking mode works offline.
Last but not least, I have a few tips for practicing speaking smoothly. First of all, do not start speaking immediately after the microphone is switched on. Wait half a second to make sure the whole word is recorded. Secondly, speak loudly and clearly. Thirdly, try to practice in a relatively quiet environment. In this way, you’re guaranteed to effectively train speaking.
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