[B-Greek] Reading Instead of Dissecting

vunzndi at vfemail.net vunzndi at vfemail.net
Sun May 25 22:48:59 EDT 2008

Dear David,

there are two main reasons for dissecting:-

(1) habbit - if during study everytime you see a phrase or sentance  
you dissect and translate it, then one will do the same when new sees  
new sentances. The solution is specifically pratice using Greek  
without translating it.

(2) biting off more than you can chew. Where sentances conatin a lot  
of material that is hard to understand then one has to break itn down  
in some way.

The solution is therefore to find material that you can undertsand -  
either written or recorded, and build up from that. Start with  
something that is easy for your, the idea is to develope a new way of  
reading Greek not new coontent. Something like Dobsons Learn NT  
Testament Greek, which has a CD/tape and lots of examples can be  
helpful. In may only take you a 4-8 weeks to go through but it should  
help break the dissecting habbit. Then you need to progress onto  
something else.

The problem with Kione Greek is the limited amount of easy to read  
material around, which is what one needs after finishing Dobson. In  
Chinese I manage to achieve this by reading science fiction novels by  
a Hong Kong author who writes a new book every two or three weeks.  
Some other on this list may know of suitable material for someone who  
has studied for a year and has the habbit of reading in Greek.

Talking to oneself in Greek - just a minute at a time to begin with  
(stop as soon as you get tired) two or three times a day also helps.

People often contrast Koine Greek to OT Hebrew - with OT Hebrew people  
read aloud, recite from memory, pray and sing - and listen to others  
doing the same, all of which help one to a certain level to think in  
Hebrew, and the same can be true for Greek.

John Knightley

Quoting David Pettys <david.pettys at yahoo.com>:

> I have a very simple, but important question.  How does one read the  
>  Greek text of the New
> Testament without attempting to "dissect" it?
> By dissect, I mean consciously parse, decline, or otherwise
> "translate" it..  My goal is to
> actually read the text before me without converting it to my native
> language.  Unfortunately, I consistently
> find myself tearing the sentence apart into smaller pieces and analyzing
> it.  I don't read English in this manner.
> I have a year´s worth of study behind me.  Is this habit of mine  
> something that will go
> away once I have more "experience" with the text?
> Thank You,
> David Pettys
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