Saying very

To say this useful word, we'll need two vowels and one consonant.

This vowel sounds somewhat like the vowel in “port” [The sound is a bit shorter than the vowel sound in “home.”]

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You probably have perceived this consonant in math problems in the past (it’s the number that comes out to approximately 3.14159). It has the sound of the first consonant in please, and please, please, set aside whatever your math teacher told you this letter’s name was. Your math teacher was thinking in English -- but this is all Greek.

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Eek! This letter seems to have completely dissimilar forms in upper and lower case! Yes, it's another vowel with the same sound as the vowel in beet. Notice that the bottom of the letter is rounded.

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Put these with , and we get:

which means “very.” So, if you're feeling very well indeed, just say:

Now let’s extend the conversation further.

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