Nice website Norbert. I like the siplay, and it is pretty slick how it changes tense, number, gender, etc. I think it could definitely be used as an entry level Greek learning tool. I would think that this would be a great tool for someone who wants to get a working knowledge of Greek. You should try and provide some sort of really basic
primer though...an introduction to the alphabet and accents, so on and so forth.
I must say though that I slightly take issue with the following statement....
noren wrote:You don't need to know all the messy rules about the grammar of a language and how its words are constructed in order to learn a new language, including Greek. Contrary to many approaches presented in textbooks. Just like you don't need to know any chemistry in order to digest food. Now, this grammatical and linguistic knowledge is not false nor useless, but merely unnecessary for learning a language in the first place. If you give your brain enough simple material it can process, it will absorb the grammatical and morphological patterns subconsiously. You can study the grammar at a later date when your brain has learned the meanings of the words and endings of the words better. Millions of people have learned their second and third languages without knowing any of the grammar.
Now, I want to clarify that in many ways that statement is true, BUT...it depends on why
the student is learning Greek in the first place. If the student is simply learning it as a fun hobby and wants to try and learn to read the NT or other Koine as literature
I think that this statement is fine. However, if the student is intent on accurately exegeting and interpreting a Biblical text, whether it be for preaching, or for teaching...I think all of those "messy rules of grammar" are fundamentally required to understand the text. One must have a solid understanding of Grammar and Syntax to fully understand a text, especially a didactic text. When reading the Paulines, if you don't understand your syntax, you are going to be completely lost after about the 4th subordinate clause! ALSO, I did not truly understand English Grammar, untli I took Greek! It was then that I learned how the language really functioned. That's not to say that I couldn't talk or understand speach, but once I really learned how the language functioned, I was able to use it correctly and squeeze much more meaning out of each sentence......does that make sense? I'm sure that as another person who has a few languages under his belt, you can understand what I am saying
BTW, have you checked out Lyle Story's Greek to Me
learing method? He is a fellow Canadian, (I think he is at Regent) and he has a wonderful program that covers all of the basics and moves the student well into Grammar and vocab aquisition. You can find Lyle's program here... http://home.regent.edu/lylesto/memsystem.html
This is how I learned Greek, and I have been able to teach out of it as well, and it is a terrific system that keeps the students interested, and moving forward.