This table gives the common English pronunciation of Greek letters using the International Phonetic Alphabet (see Wikipedia:IPA for English.) It is the pronunciation of the ancient Greek names of the Greek letters using the English teaching pronunciation. Sometimes, especially in the sciences, the vowels will be pronounced closer to the Greek, for example /ˈpsiː/ instead of /ˈsaɪ/ for psi.
|Β β||βῆτα||Beta||/ˈbiːtə/, US /ˈbeɪtə/|
|Ε ε||ἔψιλόν||Epsilon||/ˈɛpsɨlɒn/, UK also /ɛpˈsaɪlən/|
|Ζ ζ||ζῆτα||Zeta||/ˈziːtə/, US /ˈzeɪtə/|
|Η η||ῆτα||Eta||/ˈiːtə/, US /ˈeɪtə/|
|Θ θ||θῆτα||Theta||/ˈθiːtə/, US /ˈθeɪtə/|
|Μ μ||μῦ||Mu||/ˈmjuː/, US less commonly /ˈmuː/|
|Ν ν||νῦ||Nu||/ˈnjuː/, US /ˈnuː/|
|Ξ ξ||ξεῖ||Xi||/ˈzaɪ/, /ˈksaɪ/|
|Ο ο||ὄμικρόν||Omicron||/ˈɒmɨkrɒn/, traditional UK /oʊˈmaɪkrɒn/|
|Τ τ||ταῦ||Tau||/ˈtaʊ/, also /ˈtɔː/|
|Υ υ||ὔψιλόν||Upsilon||/juːpˈsaɪlən/, /ˈʊpsɨlɒn/, UK also /ʌpˈsaɪlən/, US /ˈʌpsɨlɒn/|
|Ψ ψ||ψεῖ||Psi||/ˈsaɪ/, /ˈpsaɪ/|
|Ω ω||ὦμέγα||Omega||US /oʊˈmeɪɡə/, traditional UK /ˈoʊmɨɡə/|
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