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Introduction and general question

Postby tinafrost » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:46 pm

Hi everyone,
My name is Tiniqua and I am new to this site. I am interested in learning both Greek and Latin and was wondering if someone could advise me whether to start with Greek or with Latin or both concurrently. I appreciate any input.
Thanks :)
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Postby Gonzalo » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:10 pm

Hi and welcome,

It depends upon the time you'll dedicate to your studies. Anyway, the most important thing is Constancy. It is useless if you spend a whole week studying seven hours per day of Latin or Greek and then you leave it for a week or two. So, I'd recommend you to draw up a study plan and set your own goals in small stages. It's really frustrating to learn a language and not make any progress.

From my experience, when I've begun to fell that I was actually learning and making progresses in Latin and Greek it's been when I entrusted with new methodologies and methods. I followed some books which Textkit offers and they are in fact good (I am using now Sidgwick's Greek composition book). They teach a lot of grammar, &c., but after finishing some of them I wasn't able to read much Latin or Attic without the help of a lexicon. I use now Athenaze and Oerberg's Lingua Latina series. These books teach Greek and Latin as if it were a modern language and when you go deep in it, you'll be able to write and read these two languages with ease. Again, constancy is important. ( http://vivariumnovum.it/Latino.htm http://vivariumnovum.it/Greco.htm)

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Postby tinafrost » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:22 pm

Thank you for the input. I think the study plan will help considerably. :)
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Postby Gonzalo » Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:02 pm

By the way. There are some very useful pages which are always worth of reading.

http://community.middlebury.edu/~harris/index.shtml
http://www.aoidoi.org/articles/
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Postby tinafrost » Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:12 pm

Thanks again :D
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Postby Twpsyn » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:00 pm

This may not be your style, but I suggest using a spaced-repetition flashcard program like Mnemosyne to memorize vocabulary. Personally, I find it the best way to retain vocabulary for a long time, but it works well only if you stick to your guns and go through your cards every day.
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Postby tinafrost » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:07 pm

Thanks for the link, there is so much more to learn there than just language! :)
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