This is a terrific forum.
I've been reading the Pharr book "Homeric Greek A book for Beginners" and I want to register my advice to beginners: I don't believe this is truly a book for beginners.
Like all other Greek instruction books I've read (with the possible exception of the Paul Jones "Learn Greek" book), the Pharr book is written in the style of turn-of-the-century British schoolmaster-ese. Example: Lesson 1 (yes, the very first lesson in Greek for the "beginner") involves classifying "spirants" and memorizing vowel quantity (no definition of quantity given, just memorize it). My rule of thumb is if I have trouble understanding the English in the book, I'm going to have trouble with the Greek!
Has anyone undertaken a study of Pharr's central thesis, i.e., that learning Greek is easier if Homeric is tackled first, and then Attic, as opposed to the other way around?
My next posting will be more upbeat I promise!