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Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby Duane Jones » Wed May 11, 2011 6:12 pm

I am new to Greek and am currently using Mounce/BBG. I have read on this forum that BBG does not cover all that I need in learning Greek. So I am wondering if anybody has any suggestions for a good beginners textbook that would go perfectly and give me what I am missing with BBG. (Remember I am new to Greek) and also need a basic English guide as it relates to Greek.

Thank You in advance!
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Re: Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby Markos » Fri May 13, 2011 2:58 am

The main thing you are missing in Mounce is English to Greek exercises. Accordingly, I would get Machen, New Testament Greek for Beginners.
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: Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby Duane Jones » Fri May 13, 2011 3:59 am

Markos ~
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Re: Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby jswilkmd » Sun May 15, 2011 1:29 pm

One thing I found exceptionally helpful was the Greek Tutor multimedia CD-ROM for the computer, published by Parson's Technology. It's an excellent companion to Mounce.
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Re: Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby refe » Sun May 15, 2011 3:39 pm

Missing English-Greek exercises along with much of the information you would need to complete such exercises!

I just started browsing through Machen at Markos suggestion, and it definitely goes into much more detail right off the bat on some of the issues, like accenting, that seem very tedious in the beginning but come in very handy down the road. I got all the way through Mounce without having any idea where to place an accent. That might not seem to matter when you are simply reading, but as soon as you try to form a sentence of your own in Greek you'll realize how important it is to know what governs accent placement. That is just one example.

Also, jumping right into some verb forms before even dipping into nouns is a big departure from the Mounce approach, who doesn't get to verbs until chapter 16. I'm not sure which approach I prefer when it comes to verbs.

I've only browsed Machen very briefly so far, but it seems like it might be difficult to do both of these books side by side due to how differently they introduce the various paradigms and other info. Perhaps going through Machen after Mounce would be a good bet? I suppose chronological differences between 1st year grammars will always be an issue though.
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Re: Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby Duane Jones » Sat May 21, 2011 4:03 pm

jswilkmd ~
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Re: Companion Text book W/BBG?

Postby Duane Jones » Sat May 21, 2011 4:05 pm

refs ~

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