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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Markos » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:20 am

Fidicen wrote

My primary interests at the moment are in making some progress in composition for I'm concvinced that the linguistic competence in a foreign language can be measured only by the ability of the speaker (or writer) to express himself / herself as he / she were a native speaker (or writer). Unfortunately during the entire period of my study I have very rarely had the occasion to attempt to translate from my native language (or any other modern language) into Greek and Latin.


Hi, Fidicen,

If you write to me in Greek here


viewtopic.php?f=12&t=10710

I will write back to you in Greek. If you send me a Greek audio here

http://schole.ning.com/

I will make one for you in Greek. If you make me a Greek video

http://www.youtube.com/user/Markos33AD?feature=mhum

I will make you one back where I speak to you in Greek.

ελπιζω οτι ταχεως ημεις γραψομεν και λαλησομεν αλληλοις Ελληνιστι ερρωσο.
I am writing in Ancient Greek not because I know Greek well, but because I hope that it will improve my fluency in reading. I got the idea for this from Adrianus over on the Latin forum here at Textkit.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby furrykef » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:42 am

It really is not necessary to type in such huge letters. (Honestly, I think the recent font size increase was bad enough.)

If people need larger text, they will increase their browser's font size themselves.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby rakeswell » Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:58 am

Rakeswell vobis omnibus S.P.D.

Mihi valde placet hunc locum interretialem apud quam multos
doctissimos invenire. Contendo ut pure et Latine loquar at multum
oportet mihi discere. Si fallor (ut soleo) me corrigeatis, quaeso, ut
melius fiam. Quantum auxilium libenter afferam ut possum.

Macte virtute!
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Markos » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:53 am

It really is not necessary to type in such huge letters. (Honestly, I think the recent font size increase was bad enough.)


Actually, one of the advantages that Textkit has over other sites where Greek is used is that it's really easy to increase the font. On many other sites, it's hard to read the accents/breathings because the font is so small. But you are right, now that the Jeff has magnified the basic font size, the huge letters are probably not necessary, although I still think this is good for communicating in Greek

και συ; αρα συ θελεις γραφειν Ελληνιστι; ει συ γραφεις εμοι, εγω γραψω σοι. ει συ λαλεῖς σοι, εγω λαλησω σοι. μαλιστα αγαπω χρασθαι τῃ γλωσσῃ Ελληνικῃ. ὁ Μαρκος ασπαζεται σε
I am writing in Ancient Greek not because I know Greek well, but because I hope that it will improve my fluency in reading. I got the idea for this from Adrianus over on the Latin forum here at Textkit.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby thesaurus » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:55 pm

rakeswell wrote:Rakeswell vobis omnibus S.P.D.

Mihi valde placet hunc locum interretialem apud quam multos
doctissimos invenire. Contendo ut pure et Latine loquar at multum
oportet mihi discere. Si fallor (ut soleo) me corrigeatis, quaeso, ut
melius fiam. Quantum auxilium libenter afferam ut possum.

Macte virtute!


Salve Rakeswell, gratus tuus adventus hoc in forum nostrum!

Latine apte scribis quod mihi valde placet. Unum autem mendum in tuo scripto vidi: "me corrigatis" debuisti scripsisse. Utinam Cicero novus factus sis!
Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni, nec praeteritum tempus umquam revertitur nec quid sequatur sciri potest. Quod cuique temporis ad vivendum datur, eo debet esse contentus. --Cicero, De Senectute
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby rakeswell » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:16 am

Multas gratias tibi, thesaure, ago!
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby vermillion9 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:01 am

This is my I-am-not-a-spammer post! I am here for future help with Greek which I am learning because I opened my big mouth on my usual haunt (a religious debate forum) and am now determined to make good on my claim that one should read one's holy text in the language in which it was first written. Although, the Bible isn't my holy text and I am decidedly not reading the NT until I can in the Greek because I want an unbiased approach. Perhaps I am crazed but, so far, I am enjoying the challenge of decoding this strange language. Hopefully, my slowness (I am really quite bad at Greek!!) will be tolerated here amongst the pros.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby ltaylor » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:38 am

Hi!
I'm pretty new to this forum. I've visited the site numerous times, though. I'm trying to teach myself Ancient Greek because I would love to read the Bible and other ancient texts in Greek. I also would love to move to learning Modern Greek in the future as well. From what I can tell so far it's hard! But I think it will definitely be worth it. If anyone has any tips, that would be great! One I've learned so far is that I need to practice every day. I think that may be why I struggling. But if anyone has any other tips, I'd love to hear them!
Good luck, everyone!
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Bontree » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:33 am

Granville Sharpe in the 1700's also taught himself Greek so he could debate theology with knowledge and authority, and they named a grammatical rule after him.
The best to you with your endeavor.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby cs28820n » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:08 pm

Hi, I"m Christopher a four year Latin student and second year Greek student. My teacher is of the firm belief that "John White is always right." (The First Greek Book) with which I couldn't agree more!
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby ChristHaunted » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:21 pm

Hello, my name is Mark and I am learning Koine Greek with my son Soren. I hope to advance in learning to classical Greek after that. I live in Westminster, CO.
καὶ ἔχων ἐν τῇ δεξιᾷ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ ἀστέρας ἑπτά
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby thesaurus » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:58 am

ChristHaunted wrote:Hello, my name is Mark and I am learning Koine Greek with my son Soren. I hope to advance in learning to classical Greek after that. I live in Westminster, CO.


Welcome to the forums! (I'm from Lakewood, fyi!)
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby maine64 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:04 pm

Hi! I had an account here before, several years and email addresses ago. (Jeff, I still have that dusty old book, Pharr's "Homeric Greek" copyright 1920, should you ever need to re-scan it.)

I'm finally having another go at learning Latin, after several years away from it. I'm restarting back at the beginning of Orberg's "Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Familia Romana."
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Jeff Tirey » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:52 pm

Well welcome back and it's nice to see that you've cycled back to Latin.

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Jeff Tirey » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:53 pm

Hi All,
I saw some comments above on the large fonts. I'm decided to increase the default fonts because the number one link on the forum pages (using Google Analytics) is the increase font size button. I'm running a test to see if that goes down.

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Qbe » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:09 am

Hi again, Textkit. I'm not exactly a new user (I joined here in 2005) but I haven't posted in years. In the olden days I read the forums every morning, but then I was sidetracked by work and studying Japanese (not necessarily in that order).

Anyway, my name is Joe and I live about 30 miles SW of Chicago. I got hooked on languages back in high school, went to a preseminary college so I could take German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew, went on to seminary and spent a few years serving a few churches before I decided that it wasn't for me. Nowadays I'm a systems engineer/programmer/Unix administrator by profession.

Browsing around the great resources over at http://www.wilbourhall.org, I realized that a) I still want to read Euclid in Greek, and b) my Greek is pretty rusty (as well as c: I'd like to get back into Sanskrit, but that's a topic for a different day). I'd also like to get back to routine reading of the NT and LXX, as well as read some Lucian.

So, it's time to knock off the rust. I pulled my old copy of Crosby & Schaeffer (from college) off the shelf, but it moves too slowly to hold my interest: at my age, I no longer have forever to get through the book! This morning I decided to try Hansen & Quinn as a refresher and learned that my Greek's really rusty. I'm hoping that the speed of the course will keep me from getting bored and giving up.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd stop by and see if there are any study groups starting up soon, but it looks fairly quiet on that front. However, the forum still has plenty of good discussion, and that'll be encouraging as I get back up to speed. It's nice to be back.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Eugene » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:22 pm

Χαιρέτε φίλοι!

Totally new to Greek learning Internet segment. My name is Eugene (Ευγενής), i'm 23 and i live in Saint-Peterburg(Russia). It's not common here to learn greek or latin at school. I suppose there's only one school/gymnasium with such studies here. Ancient languages are learnt at universities at most.

I'm studying ancient greek and latin starting from fall semester at university, faculty of philosophy. At seminars we are reading Herwig textbook, and soon we will read Xenophon and Apology.

Greek texts are cradle of philosophy and literature. I'm interested in tracing origins and basic forms of metaphysical thinking. My aim is to read early Plato, Aristotle, and first wave of Sophists. And sure, i'm in love with Sophocles and want to read greek drama as much as possible.

I think acquiring method is quiet resourceful, so i do some translations into greek and try to speak greek. Also looking for some [history-cultural rooted] translation studies.

Nice to meet you all!

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My English isn't good though i don't speak or write much.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby ragnar_deerslayer » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:35 pm

My name is Mark. I’m a 33-year-old college professor of English. I recently completed my M.Div, which included two years of Koine, followed by a year of Hebrew. A few months ago I discovered that my proficiency in Koine was disappearing at an alarming rate, so I reinstituted my 15-minutes-a-day study time. I’ve discovered, to my great surprise, that what was about as much fun as a root canal during seminary is actually a lot of fun on my own. I find myself thinking about Greek all through the day and compulsively trying to translate small bits of text that I see (signs, slogans, even the hymns in church) into Greek.

If I can get my proficiency back up, I think I’d like to start studying the LXX as well, and I’ve always dreamt of reading Homer (ever since I fell in love with the Penguin Classics editions, and later, the Lattimore translations).
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby jswilkmd » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:21 am

thesaurus wrote:
ChristHaunted wrote:Hello, my name is Mark and I am learning Koine Greek with my son Soren. I hope to advance in learning to classical Greek after that. I live in Westminster, CO.


Welcome to the forums! (I'm from Lakewood, fyi!)


And I'm in Highlands Ranch. Markos lives in the Denver Area, too. We should all get together and speak Greek some time.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby edmondsr » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:01 pm

Hi All

I am a long time lurker and only recently have I decided to become a member here.

I have taken some instruction in Latin, but only one year. Since, I have continued my Latin and am making some gains, and even reading Virgil and Ovid with some profit and pleasure.

During a recent deployment to Afghanistan, I decided to take on Homeric Greek in order to occupy some of my idle time. I am using Pharr and progress is slow but steady. I have made it through about 40 pages or so of Steadman's Odyssey (9-12) reader.

Right now, in both languages I find that vocabulary to be the biggest challenge, and in Greek particularly, recognition and retention of Greek verb stems.

Looking forward to posting a little more regularly, perhaps.

Ryan
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby JusSza » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:34 pm

Salvete Omnes!
Hello Everyone!

My name is JusSza and I'm new to these forums... I joined for the occasional bit of help with my Latin. I'm in Latin 2 B... I'm a sophomore and I enjoy taking Latin so far, but I don't know if I will take Latin 3 :P
Anyway,
Thanks for Having this Forum!
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Postby Kridina » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:49 pm

Greetings,

I'm a mom (And a young childhood educator)..and for various reasons...I've decided to home school my younger children (They have special needs etc). One subject I have decided to pursue with them is Latin. I found this site and hope it will be helpful.

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Postby willeman » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:36 pm

Salvete!

I'm a theology student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA, following up, among other things, on a life-long passion for the classics. Went back to post-grad school 25 years after completing the bachelors in Latin and Greek. I'm always filled with wonder at the fact that Medieval scholars from several countries in Europe could have a conference in Latin and everyone would be able to participate fully. Perhaps Textkit should organize a Latin convention where participants speak absolutely nothing else? (I'd be really quiet!) But then, you've probably thought of this before - perhaps even done it ...

Thank you for such a wonderful resource!
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Bryan » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:38 pm

Hi, I'm Bryan. I took four years each of ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Washington in an attempt to get into graduate school in the Classics, but was not accepted. I would like to rediscover my passion for Greek, especially Homer. I have been working on a translation of Xenophon's treatise on horsemanship.
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Postby kearneyb » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:41 pm

Hello. My name is Kearney Bothwell and I am an amateur historian/genealogist researching all things related to the Bothwell surname. I'm looking for help with several versions of the motto associated with different members of the Bothwell families of Edinburgh and Canongate in the 16th century and no, we are not related (at least directly) to the Earl of Bothwell, whose surname was actually Hepburn. Thanks.
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Postby Lechin » Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:20 pm

Hello everyone. I'm Lechin. I'm not that good at introductions so it might be short. I'm learning Latin. I'm a total beginner and I just started yesterday officially. I think it would be nice and fun to learn another language. Latin is hard, but I like a challenge. :) I only pray that I am pronouncing these words correctly. :?
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Joseph » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:20 am

Hello everyone. I'm beginning a study of Attic Greek soon using Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek, and felt like this site would be a good resource in my studies. I'm also working on modern Korean and will eventually begin working on Classical Chinese once I've picked up enough characters to take a serious swing at it, so anyone with interests in either of those languages I hope will feel free to get in contact. My goal with regards to the Greek and Chinese is obviously accessing ancient works in their original language, specifically philosophic ones.
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Postby jrothlander » Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:38 pm

Hello. My name is Greg Rothlander and I live in Cedar Park, Texas just outside of Austin. I am studying Bliblical Greek and looking to attend graduate school part time as soon as the economy comes back and I can make the financial commitment.

I've been looking to take some graduate classes through DTS and with the poor economy I have been putting off the financial commitment to graduate school for the past year or two. So I have been working through Mounce's BBG testbook and other resources the past year or so hoping to get a jump on first sememster Greek. The campus for DTS in Austin does not offer Greek so I will most likey be taking the courses online, which does concern me. So I've been working though the textbook on my own.

I've been working in software the past 17+ years and the past 8+ years I have been working on software compilers, which translate written software languges into code that a computer can understand. To my suprize there are LOTS of similarities between writing compilers and translating Greek into English and I have started apply some of my software tools and methods to Greek and I have found this to be very interesting and useful in my own studies. I have really enjoyed working through the lanugage and building tools for study. Look for similar tools, I ran across this forum and I am excited to be able to talk with other students of Greek and maybe a few going through Mounce's BBG as well.

Best regards,
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Postby Stacy » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:34 am

Hello. I am Stacy. I am determined to learn Katharevousa Greek, hell or high water. I don't know where to begin. A very dear friend will be my instructor but he refuses to use anything other than KG. It's an informal setting so my first question is where can I find a good textbook/workbook/dictionary to begin? I want to start this personal project A.S.A.P. I am glad I found this group. The members seem knowledgeable.
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Postby majesty01 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:05 am

Hi, I'm very interested in ancient Greek and Latin. I just study these two ancient languages by myself. This site help me a lot. I downloaded a lot of book for studying. Starting to study. Thx for Textkit.
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Postby Crandalljoe » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:06 pm

Hi, my name is Joe (suprise!) and my college son (OU) is in need of some serious help learning Ancient Greek. Any ideas of fun helps would be great. Videos, interactive games, etc... Thank you. Btw, I'm in month 2 of learning Spanish. Tardes!
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby calvinist » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:06 am

Hi Joe! I'm sorry that I don't have any ideas for you, but I suggest that you repost this in the "Learning Greek" section because this section doesn't get as much exposure. I think you'll get some great ideas from the members around here. :D
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Postby hjf » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:06 pm

Hello! My name is Heather. I am a fiction writer and occasionally use ancient Greek (and sometimes Latin) words in my short stories and novels. I have dictionaries and grammars but sometimes could use a bit more help. I have a current question which I will post in the appropriate place. Thank you!
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Postby leebb112286 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:21 pm

Hi. I'm interested in working through Wheelock on my own. I plan to start working with one of the beginners' groups at http://www.quasillum.com/study/index.php. I hope to find some useful resources here. --Lee
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Postby ferrous » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:21 pm

Salvete. I'm Ferrous, and I'm attempting again to teach myself Latin after moving away from it for a few months since recent events in my life have proven that I shouldn't just wait until I can take a Latin course. I'm going to continue using Wheelock's and maybe Lingua Latina, though LL bored me the last time I tried studying with it.

I am almost completely certain that I am not a spambot, and I look forward to participating in this community. ;)
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Postby lizhuberx3 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:25 am

Hello everybody I am new to this forum myself Liz Huber from Arizona. I have completed my graduation in science but Since last 2 years I had developed an interest in learning new language. Currently I know 5 languages and now I am looking forward to learn ancient Greek. I hope this forum will help me to learn Greek.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby liumx » Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:27 am

Oh dear, oh dear,

Convinced that my account no longer active when I tried to log-in, I've created another new account! I will leave the new account to the administrator's jurisdiction. :oops:

Anyway, my Last visited:
Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:19 pm

So, I guess to re-introduce is nothing new. :D

I ceased to receive pharr-d group monthly notification last year but did not check what happened then. Peuh, ain't easy to follow closely since my pharr-d participation was embarrassingly few.

A Malaysian,
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread - Amber of Brighthouse

Postby brighthouse » Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:16 pm

Hello. I'm Amber, homeschooling Mom to 5 boys ages 13-3. My oldest son has chosen Latin as his language of choice to study for HS - he loves all things Roman. I have a 3 year plan for him laid out using Wheelocks Latin (text, workbook, vocab cards, Grote's book, and 38 stories). He's selftutoring - reading Grote first and answering questions there, reading Wheelock next, working on the vocab, doing the workbook pages for the chapter before attempting the Sententiae. The plan is to have him do a story from 38 every 2-3 Wheelock chapters.) I have no Latin background other than common Latin phrases. We've run into a snag rather quickly it seems and I'm sure there are more to come. I have access to the digital answer keys from Wheelock for both the text and workbook but would like a place/person to whom we can appeal to when he hits a snag and I can't figure out how to help him.
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Postby surferbassist » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:18 pm

Hello all. I am Latin and Greek teacher. I have a BA in classical languages and often read through the forum, but it was about time I posted. At my school we use both Ecce and Wheelock for the Latin classes and Athenaze (though we avoid it) and Pharr for the Greek.
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Postby Glaukos » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:16 am

Greetings!

From some time ago I've become interested in learning Greek and all about Ancient Greek Civilization, and surfing the web I found this site. My mother tongue is spanish (from Argentina) but I live in Israel (but my knowledge of hebrew is, at best, scanty). Because of that sometimes it becomes a little bit difficult for me to find adequate learning material (in book form), so I have to rely heavily on digital ( .pdf and the like).
I can read english (evidently :D) and french, and have a basic knowledge of Latin.

As I said before my goals are learning greek (attic and epic mainly). I hope you guys can help me in this forum with possible doubts about greek grammar and syntax I may have.
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