About learning Greek

Randall Buth ButhFam at compuserve.com
Sat Mar 9 17:35:45 EST 2002

Shalom Charles,

I liked some of your comments and just want to underline them:

>In Greek, because you are reading, you might
>spend hours on a sentence.  Which is not really how the human mind learns

good observation.

>After you have de-cyphered a chapter, be it in
>the NT, LXX, or other ancient greek text, go back and read it quickly, as
>you would a newspaper.  Try reading it out loud.  Because you've 
>de-cyphered it you should now be able to read it with meaning.  
. . .
>Also another idea is to read
>ahead a chapter or two at one shot, don't stop to look up words or pause
>decypher syntax.  Just read.  Then go back and do your de-coding.  Then go
>back again and read as you would a newspaper.

sound advice

>modern Greek pronounciation.  I started doing that on the suggestion of
>B-Greekers and I have found that to be very helpful, very helpful.  Just
>listening seems to have awaken a part of my brain to the learning of Greek
>that was not previously engaged.  I find my self repeating to myself, bits
>and pieces of N.T. greek sentences a similar experience to when I was
>learning my two second living languages.

More good advice/observation.


Randall Buth

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