[B-Greek] RE: Why learn Greek?

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Feb 21 06:19:11 EST 2003

At 1:48 AM -0800 2/21/03, B. D. Colt wrote:
>On 20 Feb 2003 at 5:54, Glendon Gross wrote:
>> While Mark's terminology may have been misleading, I suspect that it
>> represents an ideal that many of us are striving for:  to arrive at
>> that state where we are able to read the greek text and feel that we
>> have understood nearly 100 percent of what it means.  I have known
>> that feeling on a number of occasions, when I get lost in the text and
>> forget that I am reading a foreign language.
>I fear it will still be quite a while before I "get lost in the
>text."  But I do find that gradually, more and more often, I am able
>to read two or three verses almost as though they were English.  To
>read it as though it were our native tongue is what we all would like
>to be able to do, but I still sometimes have to reach for an English

Yes, in fact, I have to reach for an English dictionary often enough when
reading English!

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu OR cwconrad at mcsinternet.net
WWW: http://www.ioa.com/~cwconrad/

More information about the B-Greek mailing list