[B-Greek] English translation as best goal for learning Greek?
Bert de Haan
dehaanaf at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 19:22:03 EDT 2007
Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> goal of learning Biblical Greek (or any other language!) is to grasp
> what is spoken or written in it directly;..........
> I have the sense that I've said this before,
(BdH) Yes you have.
(CWC)over and over,
(BdH) Right again.
(CWC) ad nauseam ...
(BdH) Here you are wrong. (I don't get the opportunity to correct you
very often so when I get it I am going to take it. ;)) It may be ad
nauseam to you. I can understand that. I have been member of this list
for about 5 years I think. Sometimes I get a little discouraged at
how slow the progress is. Looking back though I sure can tell I have
learned a lot and usually I didn't learn it from reading something
once but from having read it again and again, in different context. I
think it was Albert Pietersma (not sure though) who wrote once that he
tells his students that the second time you learn something you
remember it better. My point is; If the opportunity arrives, say it
again. For those who know all about it, it is no effort to skim over
it. For the rest; repetition is helpfull and appreciated.
Thank you very much.
Bert de Haan.
P.s. It is due to your constant repetition (not ad nauseam) of your
understanding of the middle voice that my understanding of the middle
voice had grown.
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