Jats wrote:modus.irrealis, thank you for answering my question on the alphabet. I've already learned most of the alphabet using a NT Greek course. I've heard there are two letters in Homeric Greek that aren't part of later dialects, but should be learned anyway because they are used occasionally in Homeric. Can anyone clarify or tell their own experiences with this part of the dialect?
Honestly, I am confused by this statement,"For me, three months would have been too ambitious and it took me much longer to read actual Greek texts, even the simpler ones," because it conflicts with things I've read elsewhere. The Attic book, "Teach Yourself Ancient Greek," I borrowed from the library says it starts with real Greek texts after lesson 9, which seems to indicate that it's possible to read actual (albeit simple) texts in three months. Also, I read a summary of Athenaze and it seems that it starts off with genuine Greek early on. Or perhaps it would take over three months to get that far in those books? I'm almost willing to be overambitious if it allows me to set a truly motivating goal (here, reading real Greek sentences).
typesofambiguity wrote:Are the italian editions of Athenaze pretty well impossible to find...I navigated the Italian over at the Vivarium Novum site and looked at the sample pages...but I can't find the book anywhere online. I looked through all the used Oxford Press ones on Amazon hoping someone would have lumped one in there but I can't tell...any ideas?
Hampie wrote:I think you have to order it form Italy, maybe you know someone who speaks Italian who can help you order (and find it)?
Jats wrote:On the subject of books, has anyone had luck getting Greek lexicons/texts/textbooks at used bookstores or library book sales? I've been to a few lately, and they are a great way to get books inexpensively. However, I haven't found anything in ancient Greek (although a local used bookstore has Spanish, German, Korean, and Chinese learning materials and/or native texts).
dacoda wrote:I think Greek characters is very difficult to learn, i think it will take a year to learn to read.
Jats wrote:dacoda wrote:I think Greek characters is very difficult to learn, i think it will take a year to learn to read.
Have you studied it yourself? If so, how long did it take you? If not, on what are you basing your statement? Sorry if I'm being critical, but with the number of informed opinions here I'm not really interested in uninformed ones.
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