savarez wrote:And, while the JACT 1ed is cheaply available due to its supersession by the 2ed, I would strongly prefer the 2ed over the 1ed. The revised edition really is that much better.
tico wrote:savarez wrote:And, while the JACT 1ed is cheaply available due to its supersession by the 2ed, I would strongly prefer the 2ed over the 1ed. The revised edition really is that much better.
What are the main differences between the two editions?
Coulior du Vice wrote:I've emailed JACT about something similar. Here it is if you're interested:
Me: "Will you be re-releasing your "Speaking Greek Cassette" in CD format?"
JACT Office: "Yes I believe the recordings for the CD (or if I remember correctly possibly 2 CDâ€™s) have recently been made and this will be offered soon, though I canâ€™t remember if that is in April or July: best to contact Cambridge University Press to ascertain date of release on that."
That's not MP3, but a hell of a lot better than cassette.
Also, I have another question. Would I need to use a more grammar-focused textbook (like "An Introduction to Attic Greek" or "Greek: An Intensive Course") on the side of "Reading Greek," or is it fine by itself?
EDIT: I also have an email from Cambridge Printing Press:
Me: "When do you plan on releasing the JACT "Speaking Greek" audio recordings on CD format?"
Cambridge: "This is not far off now, publication should be around June or July. Sorry I cannot be more specific, it is a bit too early to tell."
thesaurus wrote:I'm only a beginner, but thanks to Interaxus' generosity, I'm using "Athenaze" the Italian edition. The signifigance of this is that the book has been substantially rehauled to follow the model of Lingua Latina. It's not identical, though, because there are translations (in Italian) scattered at the bottom of each page. Also, there are various sections at the end of each chapter covering the grammar presented in the reading.
However, the intuitive core of the material is its strength, and all the features you've come to love are still there: the marginal notes, pictures, derivations, and most important of all, the continuous and long passages of Greek. I'm learning tons of vocabulary, and even though only the present tense (and imperative) has been introduced, I've read at least 15 pages of Greek. It's done wonders for my progress (compared with my stints at traditional grammars).
The caveats: you'd want to be able to read basic Italian, and I don't think you can get the book without ordering it from Italy. However, it's a book worth investigating. I'd be nice to translate the Italian into English (or maybe Latin?), but the irony of the situtaion is palpable.
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