Daivid asked: What are the best kind of readings for beginners text books?
I get the impression that there is a feeling that the gold standard
is original Greek
To my mind, however, adapted Greek texts are the worst of both
worlds. They are not the "real thing" and they are difficult
to adapt in a way that reinforces the grammar being taught.
Yes, there is a widespread bias against using anything other than "real Greek." Even JACT had to defend their limited adaption of Greek texts. People who make up Greek whole cloth, like Christoph Rico, tend to be disparaged for "inauthentic usage."
Markos wrote:Actually, my experience
Markos wrote: has been that adapting Greek texts to different grammatical levels is very easy to do. Greek loves to express the same basic meaning using a variety of forms. It is very easy to switch around the syntax and vocab of Greek texts. And it is obviously easier to adapt Greek texts than to compose Greek texts because one has a starting point.
Markos wrote:In my leveled Greek readings I've done some things against which obviously many peole will find theoretical objections. For example, in some of my texts I only use a SVO word order and always include the personal pronouns. I'm not concerned, for the moment, whether this is "real Greek" (although I might mention in passing that there is nothing inherently un-Greek about this in isolated instances.) I am only concerned whether reading lots of this Greek will help the learner progress more efficently than only stumbling over and parsing over and analyzing a small amount of difficult Greek texts.
Markos wrote: I don't have the answer to your questions but I am very interested in the question. Or, rather, I am interested in producing some readings which might help answer your question. I'm not really interested in this question as a theoretical discussion, but I'd love to see new reading exercises produced and tried out. And I really appreciate Textkit allowing me to the forum to try out my stuff.
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