arslongus wrote:Believe me, you want to use Mounce instead of Machen. For those not in a class, Machen is really tough sledding...
Mounce is very easy to follow, and he will have you reading the NT.
I'll be OK with Machen for at least 1/3 of the book. I've been at Greek for a few years with a variety of books. I started out homeschooling my son who wanted to maybe go to university for a classics degree. He decided it was too much work, took the GED, and decided to start at a junior college a year early instead. He loves the classics, but is too lazy to do the work involved :-0
Anyway, I'm at the point where I really need what Machen has to offer. I really want to master accents and a consistent pronunciation at this point.
Also I cannot master ANY grammar concepts with Mounce as I can guess all the translations
My mom was a recovering drug addict when I was a kid and found Jesus. I spent a good part of my childhood sleeping under church pews and coffee tables hearing the scriptures quoted till the wee hours of the morning.
The "Mastering New Testament Greek" software and the kiddie "Hey Andew Teach Me Some Greek" fills in a lot of the teacher missing holes in Machen for me. I've also dabbled with a LOT of Mounce already and quite a bit of Dobson as well as some other stuff.
I'm DEFINATELY good to go for the first 1/3 of Machen, and I know to do that will be good for me. If I have to stop at that point and just do Mounce before going back to it, that's OK. Nothing will have been wasted by doing the first 1/3 of the book.
I need to compose in Greek right now as one of my primary goals.
Eventually I would like to teach ancient Greek to low income students. I need to become ultra comfortable speaking and writing in Greek as I will need to be able to make up my own materials to meet their needs.
I like to use these modern language guidelines to help me set goals, as well as the usual classical language goals of translation.
Sometimes I'm wrong, but most of the time I get good results from trusting my gut and using whatever book I think is best at the time for my current priority.