It took 3 months, but I received my Italian Athenaze on Thursday. I was at first disappointed at all the Italian in the book. I wish there were an English version of this because all of the Civilta (Civilization/culture??) sections look pretty interesting. (Oh wait. There is, and it does not cost 60 dollars, and it is in English.)
One thing I was interested to see was whether or not the inductive method works for Greek. I have the JACT Reading Greek books, but I find the separation of the vocab from the stories (separate books!) to be asinine. How is one to know what επειτα means at first sight?
Looking at Athenaze, it becomes apparent that the inductive method is limited in Greek. A first timer, I think, will work through the first chapter of Lingua Latina much faster than the first chapter of Athenaze. With that said, Athenaze is a delight. The pictures are great, and the book seems to have a distinctive personality like Lingua Latina. In fact, I think that Lingua Latina's stories are a large part of the success of the book. Book II, which turns to Livy, is a much harder slog than Book I.
Back to Athenaze.....I wish there were more Greek text in the book. The acquisition of vocab would be easier if the book repeated it more. Anyway, my daughters want breakfast. More to come......
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When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. ~Swift