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Postby cihangir » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:22 am

Hello, my name is David Larson and I have a life-long fascination with language learning. I found Textkit in the course of searching for online Greek resources, and now would like to work (slowly -- I have a day job) through White's First Greek Book.
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Postby ivan » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:01 pm

Hello!
My name is Ivan and I'm from Croatia.
I like languages. So I like latin too. But we didn't study greek in school, and so I decided to learn it using the Internet.
I was studing latin for two years. But, there are some parts of latin grammar that we didn't study. And of course, latin vocabulary, which I can't say I know it well. So, in the beginning, I might post question only about greek language, if I don't understand something and so.
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Postby oudeis » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:33 pm

Hi, nice to meet everyone. I'm a new student of ancient Greek, and hope to learn Latin soon too. I was motivated to join the site in order to correct a false statement in a thread that everyone who completes the CUNY Summer Greek/Latin Institute gets a "Gentleman's B" -- this is NOT TRUE!

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Postby thesaurus » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:44 pm

oudeis wrote:Hi, nice to meet everyone. I'm a new student of ancient Greek, and hope to learn Latin soon too. I was motivated to join the site in order to correct a false statement in a thread that everyone who completes the CUNY Summer Greek/Latin Institute gets a "Gentleman's B" -- this is NOT TRUE!


I hope you're not living evidence of this fact :wink:

How was the Institute, by the way?
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Postby argos16 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:18 pm

Hi, my name is David, and I teach Latin. I took both Greek and Latin, though my Greek is rusty. There are many Latin resources out there, but I keep seeing Textkit popping up, always with good things available. I thought it was time to join in.
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Postby kanewai » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:40 pm

Aloha from Honolulu!

I'll be starting Ancient Greek this November, and stumbled on this forum while searching for resources.

I took two years of Latin in High School (1982-84), but have only studied modern languages since then.

My plan now is to see how far Assimil's Le Grec Ancien will get me, and then to move on to other courses. It's a French-based course, and I'm not entirely sure that my French is strong enough. I'll find out soon enough.

I won't really have much time to study from other courses in the beginning - I'm trying to bring my French and Spanish up to a higher level also. This is just an intro for me; next year (fall 2013) I'll have finished Assimil (I hope) and be ready to dive in to meatier courses!
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Postby worthywoman » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:09 pm

Hello!

It has been so long since I've been here that I cannot find my original "New Members Introduction." Just pretend that that one does not exist…

I am Lisa. I am firmly convinced the best age for a woman does not even begin until she hits her fifties - an achievement I earned a few years ago. This August, I earned my MA in Deaconess Studies, a theology degree for women within my denomination.

While I'm waiting for my placement, I'm celebrating that achievement by playing with languages. I like the way that I feel as the brain rewires itself as the different concepts within languages and cultures become my own.

I'm starting (again) with Wheelock. I did not do particularly well last time, but I did enjoy what I was learning. This time, I have a list of books I want to read as I master (a little bit) this language.

I'm also playing with a constructed language, Klingon. After all, we never know when fictitious aliens may be discovered. ;-) (I used to be a rather good at translating Klingon love poetry…)

Down the road… Both classical and koine Greek, so I can read both the literature and more common language works.

Further down the road, Hebrew and Aramaic.

This summer, my youngest nephew asked me to begin learning Japanese with him… We will see what comes with that.
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Postby Stephen Hill » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:25 pm

Χαίρετε πάντες. I'm Stephen Hill, and I've been studying ancient Greek for about five years (sometimes formally, sometimes on my own). Currently I'm occupied with bringing my Latin up to speed.

I began learning Greek in college with Chase and Phillips' excruciatingly brief primer, and then read Freeman and Lowe's Greek Reader for Schools in my second year. After that I let my Greek slide for a while until I decided to review by way of the JACT course. Shortly after finishing that, I went to Rome for a month to study Koine as a living language with Christophe Rico. That was a revolutionary experience: at the end of the month, Greek was no longer a dead language for me; it was a language that I could try to speak or read just like Spanish or French. So I don't see why teaching and learning ancient languages should be fundamentally different than teaching and learning modern ones, and for this reason I'm especially interested in how Greek and Latin pedagogy can benefit from second language acquisition research and modern language teaching.

In Greek I'm primarily interested in Koine literature, but I enjoy reading Attic prose as well. In Latin I'm currently working on some Caesar and Cicero, but eventually I look forward to sampling the whole of Latin literature, from Augustine to Erasmus and beyond.
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Postby Keiser » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:58 pm

I am Gerard Keiser, and am hoping to study how Greek and Latin may be taught best. Unfortunately, there seems to be no empirical research on the subject whatsoever—or if there is, it is quite hard to find. But I assumed that, if there is anything, somebody here would know about it.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby nedibes » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:00 am

Greetings, all! I am assistant editor for an online scholarly classics journal, although, alas, I do not myself speak either Latin or Greek. I loved my classics courses in college enough that I attempted ancient Greek, but with abysmal results. My job means that my interest has recently been re-piqued, enough so that I will probably attempt at least Latin one of these days. In the meantime, I am learning second-hand about many of the best-practices for teaching classical languages.

I stumbled upon this site while looking for information on "So You Really Want to Learn Latin" for an upcoming article. I'm professionally interested in online resources for learners of classical languages, and also hope someone here can answer my question before the issue goes to print, as I haven't been able to find the answer anywhere else. I am continually impressed by the helpfulness of the online classical community, and can see that this site is a good example of that supportiveness.
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Postby Stephen Hill » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:23 pm

Gerard, I'm not aware of empirical research directly addressing ancient language pedagogy, though I would love to see some in the future. (This may be an exception: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... x/abstract.) So far, Randall Buth and others who are interested in applying modern second language acquisition research to ancient languages have proceeded by making applications where they can, assuming that languages are languages. Just because Greek and Latin have no community of native speakers doesn't mean they cannot and should not be learned like French or Spanish or Chinese. It's worth noting that the field of second language acquisition has rejected the grammar-translation method as the theory without a theory -- there is nothing in the literature that suggests it is effective as a language teaching methodology. (Beyond question, many on this forum, including myself, have profited from it in various ways -- but it teaches you about Greek or Latin rather than teaching you the languages themselves.) I suggest picking up John Gruber-Miller's edited volume "When Dead Tongues Speak" (Oxford, 2006) for more work at the intersection of Latin and Greek and modern language learning research, if that's what you're interested in.

Nedibes, I recommend the same book to you (Gruber-Miller). Also, the latin-bestpractices email list is another excellent resource (though some there may be overly fond of Krashen). As for online resources, what in particular are you looking for?
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Postby JesterxLady » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:04 pm

Salvete!

I'm a twenty something university student, studying a course that has nothing to do with language at all. However, when I was younger (sixteen) I completed my stage III Cambridge Latin Course. Because I left the school to go to an independant college, I never got the chance to expand my Latin skills. Unfortunately, in the years that passed I've barely looked back.

Recently though, I've felt like returning to Latin. It'd be very beneficial for me to learn as in my spare time I'm a medieval re-enactor; this means I'm in contact with Latin script a lot, but, alas, can only understand the bare minimum. Not only would it be helpful, I feel that as it is something I have started, it is something I should continue to work at; something to learn alongside my degree and enjoy as hobby between assignments.

I look forward to talking to and learning from you all!
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Postby thaleia » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:58 am

Hello all,
I'm a third year Classics major. This is my 3rd year of Greek and 2nd of Latin. I'm planning on focusing on Greek for my thesis and whatnot, but I want to keep improving my Latin skills, even if I don't have time to take actual classes. I'm thinking about making my way through the Aeneid over winter break- does anybody have a commentary to recommend?

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Postby SarahMaeDee » Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:46 pm

Hello, my name is Sarah! :) I am a senior in high school, and I have a passion for languages. I have taken Spanish on and off, for a total of seven years, since I was in preschool. However, I wanted to learn a language that was more challenging. Also, my plan in life is to become a college professor of Literature, so I will most likely need to know at least a minimal amount of Latin.
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Postby FredSmith1 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:05 am

Hi. I'm from Australia. I have three years Greek and 5 Latin experience. Still plenty to learn and I hope this forum can help with that.
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Postby artpro » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:20 pm

Hello:

I am an artist and graphic designer with a musical background. I did not have the opportunity to study Latin in school, however certainly sang a lot of Latin text with choirs over the years. My Latin is very basic I am afraid, but I am willing to learn!
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Postby Markus63 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:22 am

Hello!

I"m diving back into learning Greek from ages and ages ago, I had two semesters of Greek using Hansen & Quinn and am currently reviewing that text. I am; however, thinking of studying Homeric Greek using Schoder"s Reading Course in Homeric Greek.

Having browsed around Textkit for a bit, I believe that this site will be very useful and enjoyable.

Thanks
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Postby Musicus » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:01 pm

Salvete omnes! I'm a musician by day, and a wannabe Latinist by night, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this forum. Gaudete et valete!
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Postby holmarholm » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:58 am

Hello, everyone! I'm new to the board.

My name is Marius and I have been studying Latin for the past five years. I am now getting my bachelors degree in Latin. I also have a superficial interest in Greek, although my fascination with the language is constantly increasing.

I look forward to sharing my love of the Classics with you in the future!
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Postby marculus » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:19 am

Χαίρετε - salvete - hallo!
Marculus sum. In universitate Dresdensis litteris linguae Latinae et Graecae et Germanicae studeo. Me hic facultatem Latine vel Graece loquendi (Germanice iam optime loquor) emendaturum spero.
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Postby NordicMan » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:53 am

Hello there, Hellenophiles,

Many years ago, I became interested in Greek, particularly the NT in Greek. I found an old primer of classical Greek in a library, and spent time with that. It did not explain things so well, it was really a classroom primer, however, it was a start. I then bought Machen, and made some progress, with fits and starts. I started seminary, part time, taking elementary NT Greek. This was a splendid joy. However, I had medical bills to pay off, so left school to work, and then took care of my folks, and so my progress in really learning Greek became stunted, not having continued with a sustained progress in Greek grammar. I do read, or shall I say, plow along as well as I can in the NT and in the LXX. But I am rusty and need grammar review, that is very clear to me.

I would like to study classical Greek, on my own, as there is no one nearby that I am aware of that is interested.

While I am busy, with a family lumber business(we have two sawmills), yet, I have time to give to Greek. Having had a life in physical work(as well as business), I at times recall reading about Tenney Frank, the American Roman history professor, who felt that he understood the ancient world better, due to his having worked on a farm and in the stockyards.

I reckon that is enough introduction here now.
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Postby Kee0311 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:29 am

Hey, my name is Kevin. I'm an engineering student in California. Occasionally I have the need, or desire for Latin phrases, and I don't trust online translators. This site seems like it will be invaluable.
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Postby Veteropinguis » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:34 am

I'm Veteropinguis, an aspiring polymath in the American Northeast.

I'm currently in my second year of formal Greek, but I have studied several other languages in the past. I have an acceptable passive knowledge of German, French, Latin, and Spanish. Right now I'm focusing on Greek and Italian; hoping to find some time for Latin.

My lifetime goal for Greek and Latin is to read them fluently, as I do my native English. I don't expect to reach that level any time soon, but the journey is rewarding enough on its own.
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Postby ph.maertens » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:34 am

Hi everybody,

Living in the south of Portugal, my area of interest is mainly in the history of religion, and in textual criticism. In order to keep up - and go further - with my Greek and Latin, I decided to join Textkit. Hope I'll learn a lot.

Cheers
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Postby Scarlatti » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:12 am

Hello all. My name is Michael, I'm a traditional Catholic in Southern California that is making my first concerted effort to learn Latin with the help of the ever-so-smooth D'Ooge -- easily the best beginner's Latin book I've found.

I signed up because of the occasional questions that I can't find answers to trawling the Net, which I'm sure will be seen as embarrassingly basic to the experts here. But that is where I'm at.
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Postby jassy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:39 am

Hello, everyone! I'm from Egypt and currently studying Classical Studies at Alexandria University.
I came across this forum while I was searching for some Latin lessons, and I find it really helpful!

Cheers!
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Postby bononiensis » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:20 pm

Hallo everybody! Salvete omnes!
I'm an Italian teacher for Latin and I'd like to learn more and at the same time to have interesting contacts with Latin fans all over the world!
Valete!
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Postby spottedhot6052 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:17 pm

Hello,everbody,
I have always had a great love for Latin and Greek.Im here to reaquint my self with Greek and Latin. Hope that we all can have some good discussions :lol:
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Postby Placidus » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:21 pm

Hello all,

Happy new year!

I am from Ossonoba, Lusitania (Portugal), I have just started to learn Latin. :mrgreen:


Cheers

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Postby Jeff Tirey » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:09 pm

Welcome Placidus to Textkit!

Kindly,
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Postby cogitans » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:11 am

Hello!

My name is Daniel and I'm taking up Latin again, after an absence of several years. I would be very pleased if I could eventually read the great Roman classics without having to rely on translations. There's nothing quite like getting your hands on the original, and deciphering the hidden nuances in the text.
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Postby Carolus Raeticus » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:42 pm

Salve Daniele!

Daniel wrote:I'm taking up Latin again, after an absence of several years.

Good choice (new year's resolution?). Welcome on board.

Good bye and good luck,

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Postby Bowdoin Painter » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:02 am

Hello,

I'm a native Greek speaker and recently started studying ancient Greek, because I need to have direct access to the ancient world. I had some questions, so ...this is how I found my way here.

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Postby Σαῦλος » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:07 pm

εγω ειμι Σαῦλος.
διδασκω εν τη Αφρικᾳ
βουλομαι ινα αλλοι βοηθωσιν μοι γραφειν Ελληνιστι.
I will babble until I talk. ετι λαλαγω...
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Postby ukh » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:01 pm

Salvete!

I'm 40+ and for the past few months I've been working on D'Ooge but turned to Wheelock (7th Ed.) since I found I really wanted a real book to flip back and forth in. My native tongue isn't English, my aptitude for language learning is dismal (I've failed for the better part of my life in acquiring French and German) but I hope that the very process of learning Latin will offer enjoyment and distraction. I've heard of many a man who has found solace in Latin poetry and while I might never reach that far, I do hope that I one day will find comfort in Virgil.

Valete!
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Postby Jeff Tirey » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:01 pm

Hi Uhl and Welcome to Textkit,

I am a 40 something learner too, so I know about the string of failures that we all manage to collect through our years. Good luck learning Latin, you already know what the secret to success, which is to practice a little bit everyday.

I remember my Ancient Greek professor in college, who told me it took him 15 years before he really felt strong with Greek - strong enough to teach. He read a little everyday.

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Postby canontriplex » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:21 am

Hello, I became interested in Latin a couple of years back. I started working with Weelock but then I decided to switch to Orberg as it made more sense and now I am at chapter XXXII. The journey is exhilarating and I can observe my progress, but it is slow, especially the last few chapters. I hope to speed it up with some help from this forum. By the way, English is not my native language (Serbian is).

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Postby gaius969 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:23 pm

Hello to everyone,

I admire Spartans, so I came here to find some original quotes from them. :)
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Postby severin » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:17 pm

Hello to all. I am trying to learn Latin. I have been interested in doing so since I first began to read and came across my first Latin quote. From then on I could not let one go by without finding out what it meant. I have been searching for some online sources and this looked like a great place to begin. I wanted to try to download some of the manuals and texts but could not seem to find.
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