[B-Greek] Introductory Grammar Suggestions

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 03:10:30 EDT 2010

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:21 AM, Barry H. <nebarry at verizon.net> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Randall Buth" <randallbuth at gmail.com>
> To: "B Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:51 PM
> Subject: [B-Greek] Introductory Grammar Suggestions
>> >My initial inclination was to start with a New Testament grammar.
>> > >However, the more research I did, the more inclined I became to starting
>> > >with Attic.  You mention that learning Attic first allowed you to more
>> > >easily
>> transition to both Homer and to koine.  What are your thoughts on
>> beginning with Homer?  It is certainly the long way to getting at koine.>
>> Tony, you might want to study that essay on "SLA and Latin"
>> and its implications on pedagogy and success,
>> before making commitments. Like the idea that different methodologies
>> are not options or personal taste but perform necessary roles at
>> different stages of learning.
> Very good observation, especially for classroom instruction.  Based on you
> experience, however, how would you advise a self-learner to go about his
> task?
> N.E. Barry Hofstetter

Believe it or not, that's why we developed Living Koine Greek--to be
self-study modules. All the drills and readings are recorded, even if
'pre-Rosetta Stone' technology, something like the old FSI.
(Incidently, I'm going thru an FSI Swahili at the moment, trying to
pick up a language that I missed along the way.)

and on the teaching side we are all self-learners since it is a fair
estimate that none of us learned Greek in a oral-aural environment. So
for teachers the primary necessity is commitment. it is very difficult
to turn things around and it takes commitment to go around the next
bend, and the next, and over the next hilll, and the next. The first
commitment is to get on a path that will lead to the mountain plateau.

Randall Buth, PhD
randallbuth at gmail.com
Biblical Language Center
Learn Easily - Progress Further - Remember for Life

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