- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (27 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853996564
- ISBN-13: 978-1853996566
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Greek to GCSE: Part 1 Paperback – 27 Jun 2003
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About the Author
John Taylor is Head of Classics, Tonbridge School, Kent. He is the author of the widely used textbook "Greek to GCSE Parts 1 and 2," "Greek Beyond GCSE," "Essential GCSE Latin, Latin Beyond GCSE" and co-author of "Greek Unseen Translation "and "Writing Greek."
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Top Customer Reviews
Greek to GCSE has none of these problems!
It is such a clear helpful book. It introduces new concepts and points of grammer clearly and helpfully. Then gives short exercises to practice on. Unlike Reading Greek you start off translating short simple sentences and build up to more complex sentences and then translating whole passages inspired by myths and tales of the Greek world such as Aesop's fables and Odysseus adventures with the Cyclops.
If you are looking for a book for independently studying Ancient Greek this is an excellent choice. There has never been a point at which I have needed a teacher's clarification on a concept outlined in the book. It also has a clear contents page so if you are confused about something and have to go back and review it, its very simple to find.
Another thing which is good about this book is that it is all-in-one, no need for separate grammar, text and study guide, it is all together in one handy place!
At the back it even has a separate grammer section as well as English-to-Greek and Greek-to-English of all the vocabulary introduced in the book, along with chapter numbers, it even lists the aorist twice, with the present form of the verb and on its own which is SO helpful.
If you had a limited amount of time, this book gives you confidence and clarity to move onto reading and translating pieces of original Greek. As a student of Classics and with no previous knowledge of other languages, it has been immensely helpful. I thoroughly recommend this book!
This review is based on the first part only and will be edited as soon as I have finished the second part.
In Italy there are no tools for the self study of Latin and Greek: the many traditional handbooks, some good, some better, require a very competent teacher and much determination because of the very sound, comprehensive but oh-so-dull approach and exercises.
This book, as stated in its introduction by the author (and by its title which refers to the British syllabus), is meant for classroom use and has no answer key so be warned in advance.
An answer key is available on request from the author himself
Nonetheless the author is clearly an extremely experienced didactitian:
his approach -traditional as it may appear- is sensible, matter of fact. Mr Taylor knows EXACTLY were pupils are likely to have troubles and concentrates on those points: his explanations are neat and easy to understand; his excercises are short and to the point with a clever use of a limited vocabulary.
This approach suited my needs of adult trying to learn ancient Greek on his own: there were sentences, especially the English to Greek translations, where I would have welcomed an answer key, but they were not many. All in all I was able to finish Part 1 of the course under the impression of having retained most of it.
All the above does not mean you will learn with no effort: learning any language is a difficult task, even for those like me who are strongly motivated: you will need time and concentration and some optimism to overcome frustration at hard to understand grammatical items.Read more ›
He even offers to help if you have any problems with any part of the course! Above all, he wants you to enjoy his course and give him feedback. He is clearly a kind man. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You will have fond memories of the ridiculous stories in this book for years to come. Μη νομιζε, λάβε!Published 3 days ago by Isabella
Great book for this mum (and former classics teacher) now teaching her daughter Greek. But please help me with the answers book as brain menopausal and rusty!Published 1 month ago by Jane McCready
Great book and in lovely condition - delivered promptly! Thanks!Published 2 months ago by margaret jones
Have been meaning start learning Greek for sometime now. These two books have finally got me underway. The course is well designed and supports the independent learner well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pemb56
Excellent in every respect except it doesn't provide answers to the exercises - a serious omission for those (presumably nearly everyone who buys it) who work their way through the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JT
Taylor has a knack of explaining grammar in a very clear yet economical way. Initially it relies on single sentence exercises but Taylor has a unique way of making simple... Read morePublished 15 months ago by D. J. Barnsdale
This book rescued me when I was struggling with JACT. Although I still love the JACT course, especially for its lively and fascinating texts, I was finding the Grammar book very... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Catherine
I'm currently learning Greek as a hobby and this book has been a great foundation. I'd defiantly recommend to anyone just starting out or for anyone wanting to go and to do a GCSE... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kathleen