pster wrote:If you seriously want to learn Greek, buy the Middle Liddle, buy a Smyth, maybe buy a Mastronarde, and buy the one text you most want to read. Just start reading that text.
Couldn't disagree with you more, that way of teaching/self-learning is what makes a lot of people give up, when they realize that Greek is not that easy(true) and start thinking that it is extremely difficult(false). I admit that for some it is the best way, but for the most reading graded texts and then picking up classics is what really works. Don't give an advice that isn't necessarily the best as the One and the Only.
Well, a few years ago, I would have been more agnostic. But if you look at the people who have learned ten plus languages
, they focus on memorizing one literary text. If you go to the forum at http://how-to-learn-any-language.com
, you can find some discussion. Look for the Schliemann thread. They don't use graded texts. Moreover, they seem to have all reached the conlclusion that this method is optimal independently
. And, no Greek text reads like the passages in the graded texts, so they don't prepare you for real texts. Lastly, I doubt that you know anybody who has actually tried memorizing, say, Homer, out of the gate, let alone "a lot of people." Schools don't teach that way. So, I am pretty skeptical of their being any support for your claims.