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Postby Kalissa » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:37 am

I was curious if there are any Classical Greek textbooks designed for younger learners (below age 10)?

I am about to bring up a toddler in Japan and she will be able to read both the Roman and Japanese alphabets and speak English and Japanese fluently. I want to introduce both Latin and Greek into her extra-curricular studies and thought it best to begin with Greek so that there is less confusion with her English and Latin (seeing as they use the same alphabets).

I studied Greek and Latin at University but I doubt the textbooks I am familiar with will be appealing to her.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Many thanks,
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Postby quendidil » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:42 pm

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Postby Kalissa » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:20 pm

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Postby spiphany » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:45 pm

I think other users here have suggested W.H.D. Rouse, A Greek Boy at Home and Peckett and Munday, Thrasymachus, which are both reading-based texts. You can do a forum search for more comments on them.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
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Postby Kalissa » Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:40 pm

Thank you.

I found a place to download A Greek Boy at Home (apparently its long out of print) and had a peek at it. It looks like a lot of fun. I will also explore the other option.

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Postby Bert » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:09 pm

Kalissa wrote:Thank you.

I found a place to download A Greek Boy at Home (apparently its long out of print) and had a peek at it. It looks like a lot of fun. I will also explore the other option.

Many thanks,
Bronwen

It is fun but may be a bit much for a 10 year old.
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Postby quendidil » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:12 am

I still think an immersion based approach would be best for your toddler. Grammatical rules are still too abstract before age 9 at least. Even if you hadn't studied spoken Greek at college (who in the modern world has? :) ) you can work through the speaking exercises in Ancient Greek Alive or even Sprechen Sie Attisch if you know some German.
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Postby Kalissa » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:42 am

Kinda like the read-along tapes I had when I was a kid?
Let the little one listen to the Audio track while offering the book to follow along with?
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Postby Kopio » Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:13 am

There is a great Koine Greek program that would work well for children (it also works well for grownups) it's called Greek to Me by Lyle Story.

It uses pictures to help learn paradigms and vocab. The transition to Classical after studying Koine isn't too bad. I've learned to read Classical rather well, but Koine is still my strong suit.

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Postby quendidil » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:40 am

Kalissa wrote:Kinda like the read-along tapes I had when I was a kid?
Let the little one listen to the Audio track while offering the book to follow along with?


Yes sort-of like that, I think.

You might be interested to know also that William James Sidis taught himself Greek and Latin from a copy of one of Homer's works and the Civil Wars and with a "pony" translation in English when he was 4 years old.

http://www.sidis.net/Story5.htm
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