[B-Greek] Conversational Greek anyone?

Suttles, Andrew C. (GRC-DSI0) andrew.c.suttles at nasa.gov
Fri Jun 5 09:40:34 EDT 2009


It may be helpful to have a Greek Study group work through one of the composition grammars available on Textkit.  This might provide an initial cadre of folks who are practiced in composition.

Cleveland, OH

>-----Original Message-----
>From: b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-greek-
>bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Donald COBB
>Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 8:56 AM
>To: B-Greek
>Subject: [B-Greek] Conversational Greek anyone?
>Dear B-Greekers,
>A couple months ago, someone on Β-Greek suggested a discussion group for
>conversing in Koinè Greek. Paul Baronowsky immediately took up the idea
>and created a DIALOGOS rubric at greekstudy at nxport.com. A few of us found
>the idea interesting and signed up. One of the suggestions thrown about
>was commenting on or summarizing GNT, LXX or other non biblical koinè
>texts and carrying on conversation from there.
>I have found this helpful for turning my fairly passive knowledge of Greek
>into a more active one. Participants of the B-Greek forum have repeatedly
>insisted on the importance of a varied reading practice as well as
>speaking conversationally in order to improve one's mastery of the
>language. Obviously, writing ones thoughts is another important means and
>the DIALOGOS group is a perfect avenue for that.
>Τhe venture has had a some trouble getting off the ground, though, mostly
>for lack of enough people with an intermediate or advanced level actively
>involved on a regular basis. It seems to me that we would need about a
>half dozen people or so who could regularly contribute and propose various
>texts or topics and creatively renew the conversation. That's not a
>limitive figure, of course: "The more the merrier!"
>The most important point is not perfection in writing. I almost invariably
>discover at least a couple dumb mistakes about 20 minutes after sending
>out a message, which is a good opportunity to kick myself and learn some
>humility. It's not writing elegantly either; as anyone who has learned a
>second language knows, one often gets the impression of sounding like a
>six year old when trying to express oneself--which, in fact, is often
>true! No, the main thing, as I see it, is rather learning to think in the
>language and trying to understand other people using it without the luxury
>of having one eye on a translation!
>Takers, anyone? If you're interested, you can follow the instructions
>below. Since there are no archives, you'll have to send out a message in
>order for others to know that you've signed up. The usual way of
>corresponding is with unicode.
>Ἔλπίζω ἵνα ἐν τάχει ἐκ τῶν ἀλλήλων τινα ἀναγνῶμεν.
>Donald Cobb
>Aix-en-Provence, France
>In order to post messages to greekstudy - and to receive messages posted
>there - one must subscribe to that email list at:
>www.quasillum.com/study/greekstudy.php. There is much more information
>about the list at that site.
>To communicate with the list:
>1) subscribe to the greekstudy email list as described above;
>2) start your SUBJECT line with the word DIALOGOS (DIALOGOS is the
>group's name);
>3) write your Greek message either as plaintext, encoded with UTF-8
>(preferred), or use the B-Greek transliteration scheme;
>4) send your message to greekstudy at nxport.com.
>The word DIALOGOS at the beginning of the SUBJECT line is referred to as
>the group's tag. Group tags help subscribers sort out messages they want
>to read from those that don't interest them. They're a handy way to set
>up filters to remove messages to/from members of groups that don't
>interest you. (The DELETE key, of course, also works.)
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