Lostntym8 wrote:Hey! I'm Timothy Scott Lawson. I go by my middle name Scott on accounta my mom didn't want two Tims in the house...My dad's first name is Timothy but his middle name is Dare! Αμεν, αμεν λεγω ὑμιν! I have been chipping away at Biblical Greek since I was 20...I'm now 44...Ugh! My definition of experience is doing something wrong for 20 years and getting away with it...well it works for me in the plumbing industry. I've been plumbing since I was 16...My God has it been that long!? I'm interested in conversing with others of like interest...not plumbing...though!!!...unless it is in Greek.
My main question is, with these ancient languages, do people aim to master them orally? Or just the written form? How would you go by learning how to speak Ancient Greek, or at least pronounce the vowels etc.
My sense is that the vast majority of people who are studying Ancient Greek focus on reading only. In my humble opinion, learning to write and listen to and speak Ancient Greek will vastly increase reading fluency, but most people do not accept this premise and choose to stick with the traditional method of grammar-translation, which focuses only on reading Greek and speaking ABOUT Greek, not in Greek.
Daniel: If you could point me to a first book, I see there are many out there.
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.
BrianHoeck wrote:Hello to all!
I am interested in getting an understanding of Koine Greek in regards to the New Testament. I do have a question regarding the rendering of a particular verse -- should I ask it here, or on the Learn Greek board? Thank you!
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