[B-Greek] English translation as best goal for learning Greek?
klriley at alphalink.com.au
Wed Aug 22 22:29:54 EDT 2007
My main aim in learning a language is not to have to translate. It is only
then that you can start to enjoy the playfulness inherent in any language.
Greek has great literature from Homer right up to some of the latest novels
and songs produced yesterday. Simply to enjoy them is reason enough to
learn the Greek language. Translation removes ambiguity - as George has
said - and that to me is one of the best things about language. If we don't
want that, and to enjoy it - along with the irony and humour of language, we
may as well put away our Greek books and just buy a translation.
From: John M. Linebarger
Date: 23/08/2007 9:02:33 AM
Carl has made statements in passing several times that open with the
condition, "If producing an English translation is your goal for learning
Greek ..." At the risk of appearing naive, what other goals for learning
Greek should be put ahead of the ability to produce an English translation?
In priority order, what are the "best" goals for learning Greek, in the
opinion of the group?
John M. Linebarger
(P.S. I remain grateful to Carl for his recommendations about how to learn Attic Greek. My Mastronarde book arrived in the mail yesterday [it seemed to correspond best to my particular language learning style, and an answer key is available for it] and I've devoured two chapters already.)
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