Daniel wrote:I am definitely keen on trying to learn how to speak and read Greek. I learnt Dutch both by speaking it (total immersion) and by reading and writing out verb books. I'd say I learnt best by mastering how to say each consonant, each vowel and each diphthong and then moved on to learning the actual words and grammar.
If you could point me to a first book, I see there are many out there. A couple of the books I've looked at seem to work on the premise that you already know a year or so of Latin which I don't. I need something I can start from square one.
Any help is much appreciated.
You could do well to check the comments on Ricco's book in the Learning Greek section of this forum but in the meantime a few points:
It really doesn't matter that Ricco's book is not in English. His approach is all about not explaining things and getting you to work it out for yourself.
Greek Olendorf is very analytical - the audio exists because Bedwere has recently to take record it.
Ricco's approach is inductive so a lot isn't explained and he exposes you to stuff he isn't teaching that point so concentrate on the bits he flags up and don't worry about not understanding everything.
There is something to be said for doing both together and the Greek Olendorf is downloadable for free.
We all want read Ancient Greek texts so why speak and why produce Greek?
Because listening and then repeating
and producing (whether by actually speaking or in written form) helps you remember it.
You will be very welcome to join our weather forum on the The Agora part of this forum.
We do drift off topic occasionally and we do try an say things that no Ancient Greek ever did (and discuss the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius) but you can stick to report something simple like telling us that today it is cold/warm etc