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Self study tips?

Postby av1438 » Wed Jan 28, 2004 7:37 pm

I've been studying greek with "Greek: an Intensive Course" for awhile now. There was an informal group led by a professor, but it dissolved...I'm pressing ahead on my own.
Does anyone have any experience with self-study using this text? Any advice on how to pace myself in terms of chapters per week, daily study time?
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Postby Bert » Sun Feb 01, 2004 2:47 am

Hi Andrew.
I don't know the book you are using so I can't give very specific advice.
I do know that studying completely on your own can be discouraging.
It can be a great help if you can do it with a study-buddy, but failing that, this site can fill that void.
If you have questions and post them here, you will usually end up with an answer (or two) within a day.
Knowing that my questions get answered sure helps me to keep going.

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Re: Self study tips?

Postby Kerastes » Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:39 pm

av1438 wrote:I've been studying greek with "Greek: an Intensive Course" for awhile now. [....] Any advice on how to pace myself in terms of chapters per week, daily study time?

I've only looked briefly at that book, but if it's anything like Moreland's and Fleischer's Latin: An Intensive Course, the front matter will describe a number of approaches. So your pace, intensive or regular, would depend on your time and goals. Do you want to finish it in an academic year, six weeks, or something in between? And if you go the six week route, you'd better have a plan for reading after then, even if not intensive paced, or you'll lose command of what you've learned.

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Postby bingley » Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:42 am

Hi, Andrew. I'm using that book (if you're talking about the Hansen and Quinn one) as a revision text after a gap of 25 years in my Greek studies. I think I'd find it quite daunting if I was coming to it with no prior knowledge.

I'm supplementing it by reading Lysias' On the Murder of Eratosthenes in this edition, which has helpful vocabulary and grammar notes:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... 01-4428401

(I do hope I've got the link right for the textkit credit. If not, can somebody correct it.)
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Postby av1438 » Mon Feb 02, 2004 2:50 am

Thanks everyone for your replies.

That text looks very interesting. I looked up the rest of them. There are 4 books ("forensic oratory," Plato, Demosthenes, and Thucydides).
If the maintainer wants to attach them to the textkit links their amazon (US) links are:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... ce&s=books

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... ce&s=books

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... ce&s=books

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... ce&s=books
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Postby Berel » Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:36 pm

There are currently two self-study groups going through Hansen and Quinn on the GreekStudy list. One is just about finished and one is about half-way through. I don't think there are currently plans to start a new group from the beginning (though, by way of shameless self-promotion, I am facilitating a new Attic Greek group on this list using JWW's First Greek Book). At the very least, though, this would be a good place to post self-study queries about Hansen and Quinn. The URL with info. about all of the GreekStudy groups is here:


And the new JWW group's homepage is here:


All the best,

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don't neglect pronunciation!

Postby muminustrollus » Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:53 am

What has made Greek immensely attractive to me is learning the pitch accents. I recommend you to buy the set of cassettes by prof. Daitz on the pronunciation of Ancient Greek (available on amazon.com).
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Self Study Tips

Postby waraysa » Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:11 am

Wish you good luck in your studies.

Came across the following sites recently which have links to some Hansen and Quinn tutorials.



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