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by Zetes
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Accurate Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 12416

Re: Accurate Greek

It's worth taking a look at these Wikipedia articles on Swedish and Norwegian phonology. Like ancient Greek, Swedish and Norwegian have two tone accents. The article gives some idea of the complexity of the Swedish and Norwegian situations, and we have no way of knowing in any detail what the situa...
by Zetes
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: Homeric Greek pronunciation
Replies: 19
Views: 12965

Re: Homeric Greek pronunciation

Thanks for taking the time to post some advice. Although absolute accuracy isn't of course achievable and wouldn't be terribly important for an ancient language anyway, I like to try the best I can. When I set to memorise new words I say them over as well as writing them to help to fix them. At leas...
by Zetes
Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Theta and Phi
Replies: 6
Views: 5249

Re: Theta and Phi

Thanks for your advice. In fact I did 5 years of French at school, was top of my class in that subject, but I always found the French sound system a huge problem, and understand almost nothing said in French :oops: . I can try deaspirating, like isolating the p in "spring", and I might improve with ...
by Zetes
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: Homeric Greek pronunciation
Replies: 19
Views: 12965

Re: Homeric Greek pronunciation

I've only just posted in the general Greek section on this question, where I ask if anyone can tell me how to pronounce the unaspirateds pi, tau and kappa properly. As a native English speaker my makeshift version is to pronounce pi, tau and kappa like the p,t and k of my ordinary English(ie with a ...
by Zetes
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Theta and Phi
Replies: 6
Views: 5249

Re: Theta and Phi

I've been reading some posts about pronunciation, and while it's neither entirely possible nor vitally important to reconstruct the ancient pronunciation exactly, I'd like to try and get it at least approximately right. As a native speaker of English I find making the distinction between the pairs t...
by Zetes
Fri May 24, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: My 2nd post
Replies: 0
Views: 1277

My 2nd post

For my 2nd post I'll describe how I'm going to decide if Homeric or Classical Attic would be best to start with. I've printed off a copy of the Greek words given in Owen & Goodspeed's book of the most common and important words in Homer. I studied a bit of Attic many moons ago using Smith & Melluish...
by Zetes
Tue May 21, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)
Replies: 625
Views: 234644

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

My first post. I'm 60, first took an interest in Greek in my early 20s, but didn't pursue it far enough so now I'm making a fresh start with it. I'm not sure whether to go first for Attic (for my interest in the great playwrights especially) or Homeric. I still have the old Smith and Melluish Teach ...