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I agree that the switch of notation is the biggest obstruction. You will probably find a book like "Foundations of higher mathematics" by Fletcher and Patty quite useful. It's an introduction to things like logical statements, ways to prove something, sets, functions and all the other basic things you encounter anywhere in mathematics, introducing a lot of notation.

About the Greek alphabet, don't worry - you'll get used to it. You will learn the letters as you go; the most common ones such as [itex]\phi, \psi, \alpha, \beta, \theta[/itex] you will pick up rather soon, others you will only encounter only much later (some fellow students who didn't take Greek only learned some of them in the third year in university).

And of course, if something is not clear: ask someone!

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Your worry expressed indicates the stress of transitioning from "Basic Mathematics" to Introductory Algebra. Maybe you are really trying to transit from Introductory Algebra into Geometry. What you need is the ability to read critically and practice. Notation will always be important. Mathematics works like a written language. It is not the same to use as a natural human language. Mathematics is nearly always handled in written form, and so notation, just as in written English, will always be important for clear communication.

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I admit it is a bit ambiguous though. So sorry if I misinterpreted your question.

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