[B-Greek] To Diagram or not to Diagram

bitan buth ybitan at mscc.huji.ac.il
Tue Mar 14 06:05:38 EST 2006

Shalom Alan,


I would paraphrase your question in order to get a wider perspective: 

"(as though) . . . I've just finished two years of German study using
grammar book A and grammar book B, what should I do next? Would sentence
diagramming help?"


It might help a tiny-weeny bit in becoming sensitive to structural
ambiguities or complications. It may help you in describing structure, but I
suspect that you will have exhausted most of its benefit after working
through a chapter's worth of text. It is not the door into the language. 


Put yourself in the German position. ("diagram a German story" is not the
expected next step.) 

What would you do next? Use the language. Read, of course, speak, of course,
listen, of course (lots of listening), write (wouldn't hurt, but it is often
the last step and requires reflection to be done well). Use the language

DEI SE XRHSQAI TH GLWSSH POLLA. δει σε χρησθαι τη γλωσση πολλα.

NAI, TOUTO POIHSAS EU EKSEIS. Τουτο ποιησας ευ εξεις

ERRWSO ερρωσο sei gesund

Randall Buth


Randall Buth, PhD
Biblical Language Center


c/o margbuth at gmail.com

also, Director, Biblical Studies in Israel
under Rothberg International School,

Hebrew University

ybitan at mscc.huji.ac.il


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