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Postby gigas phoberos » Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:26 pm

I came across this word BDELLA (fem, leech).
How do you pronounce bd?
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Postby Twpsyn » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:57 pm

As [bd], I would imagine. Tough for a native English speaker but not impossible by any means.
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Postby annis » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:09 pm

Yep, both letters are pronounced. Just always say the word with the article (something I do when learning vocab anyway) and it'll be a lot easier. With practice you'll be able to start a word with βδ-. Greek has a fair number of words starting in πτ-, too, which are both pronounced.
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Postby Estoniacus Inoriginale » Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:49 pm

Like in cab-donkey. CaBDonkey. I don't know Greek and therefore I can't get any more specific than that.
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Postby easternugget » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:01 pm

Close your lips like you are about to say a B but set your tongue like it is about to say a D (behind my top teeth is where my tongue is) and articulate the two in a quick succession. Sort of also like the way I say I might say "butter" really fast (The two T's are turned into D's when I do that and the U kind of disappears).
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Re: help with pronounciation.

Postby OMEYA » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:19 am

I don't know to write english very well, so excuse me for any mistakes.

Βδέλα {bdela} can be pronounced using the following procedure(using the modern greek pronouncation of "Β").


B --> (v from english "voice" or b for book)
δ --> (th from english furthermore or d for door)
έ --> (e from less)
λ --> (l from long)
λ --> (l from long)
α --> (a from english a)ct

If i am right the ancient pronouncation of B was like b from the english word "book" and not like the late pronouciation of v from english word "victory". In modern greek B is pronounced like v for victory.
I think that the same happens with δ . δ was pronounced as d but in modern greek is pronounced as a "th".
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Re: help with pronounciation.

Postby demetri » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:04 am

μπ is one of my favorites..."b"
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