I'm studying computer science and I'm starting to come across a lot of maths! I thought it would be fun (yes I really am a geek!) to learn the greek alphabet as it used in mathematics. I was wondering if I should learn the English pronunciation or the Greek? I'm asking for clarity i.e. there is no confusion when discussing because different pronunciations have been learned.
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This is a source of confusion for a lot of Greeks studying abroad. My suggestion is to use the English pronunciation so you can effectively communicate with other programmers. If you say, for example, here we have "veeta equals zero", they are going to look at your strangely, or think you are talking about the Velveeta cheese!. Use "beta" as others expect to hear it.
It is like learning another language if you are used to the Greek pronunciation as I was.
A key point that GEdgar has brought up is that the pronunciation varies from area to area, and from person to person. There are several different variations that I know of. Just listen to other people in your area whom you respect and try to find a pronunciation that they would understand without too much confusion.
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