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Greek to GCSE: Part 1 [Paperback]

John Taylor
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27 Jun 2003 1853996564 978-1853996566
This course was written in response to a JACT (Joint Association of Classical Teachers) survey of over 100 schools. It offers a fast-track route to GCSE for those with limited time. It is based on experience of what pupils find difficult, concentrating on the essentials and on the understanding of principles in both accidence and syntax: minor irregularities are postponed and subordinated so that the need for rote learning is reduced. It aims to be user-friendly, but also to give pupils a firm foundation for further study. The course has been tested and refined in 15 schools over the last three years. Part 1 covers the basics: the main declensions, a range of active tenses and a vocabulary of 275 Greek words to be learned. Pupil confidence is built up by constant consolidation of the material covered. After the preliminaries, each chapter concentrates on stories with one source or subject: Aesop, the "Odyssey" and Alexander the Great. Part 1 is self-contained, with its own reference section.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (27 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853996564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853996566
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST A TEACHER OF GREEK WHO REALLY CAN 12 July 2005
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My motivation for learning Greek is to be able to read Plato and the New Testament. Not being a very talented linguist, I have in the course of five years accumulated an expensive pile of well known Greek courses, texts, and tapes. Only two have done me much good. This book is one of them; the other is 'Learn Ancient Greek' by Peter Jones. The contrast between the two could not be greater, although they do both have the overwhelming common advantage of having been written by expert teachers with a sense of humour (Peter Jones is wacky, sardonic, and Pythonesque; John Taylor is dry and subtle.) While LAG is very dynamic and gets into idiomatic Greek very quickly (eg, possessive dative very early on) by finding a very tight critical path through the material, G2GCSE takes the expected slow systematic approach with a shrewd eye as to what will trip up someone like me. LAG on the one hand gives answers to the exercises, but on the other hand the other not. Consequently, I found these two a very good informal partnership--well, at least I can say 'Hello' in Greek and read some Socrates and gospels now. I can also read the menu in the restaurants in Cyprus which impresses the waitresses no end but I don't know what they really think of my 2000-year old antique pronunciation.
Book One of this series took me 18 months of self-teaching to complete and covers the following: the verb 'to be'; present tense verbs (not contract); all three noun declensions; definite article; future tense; imperfect tense; aorist 1 and 2; present participle; aorist participle; numerals; expressing time; possessive dative; future participle; and tis/ti, autos, pas, and oudeis. Vocab totals 275 words.
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clear way to learn Ancient Greek 8 Jan 2004
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This is an excellent coursebook, no question about it. Less used than JACT's other Greek publication 'Reading Greek', but I cannot understand why! I previosuly used the 'Reading Greek' Series, but often found myself confused by the new vocab thrown at you, and verbs learnt at random. It also assumes that you already understand concepts such as cases and declensions, the exercises seem unrealted to the text, and numerous other problems.
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!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Greek for the Everyman 10 Aug 2007
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Greek was the preserve of the grammar school boys in my youth and although I took Latin at O level, I nursed a sense of grievance at the lack of opportunity to learn this historic language. Finally, forty five years after leaving school and now in retirement, I decided to embark on this GCSE course. I have found John Taylor's book to be inspirational. He has a keen sense of the pace required of a student and one experiences a real sense of progress. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first volume which I completed in just five months. I attribute this entirely to Mr Taylor. If our schools were sprinkled with teachers of his intuitive instructive ability there would be abundant rewards for our community. At a time when the Classics seem to be in marked decline , this series is a brave and valuable attempt at their reinstatement.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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I used this book when I learnt Greek for GCSE (from chapter 5 onwards I worked independently). The result: I finished the two hour language exam in 45 minutes. Therefore I would recommend this book to anyone thinking about learning Greek, and any teacher looking for a textbook from which to teach. Every single thing that could possibly come up in the language paper is covered in detail by Greek to GCSE. With full English-Greek and Greek-English vocabularies, grammar, and exercises, it works for both those learning independently and those in a classroom. The layout is clear, grammar is well explained, and new aspects of the language are introduced at appropriate points. Having finished chapter 12, the student will encounter no difficulties in the exam and should be well on his/her way to A-level or University standard Greek. Having used Peter Jones' learn Greek, and the dreaded Reading Greek, I, and some of my classmates, can say that Greek to GCSE is more straightforward, enjoyable, and effective than either of them. Even if you are not taking a GCSE, it is still the best general introduction to the language. This book does what it promises, and then some...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This marvellous book has flung open the doors to Classical Greek when...
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 more
Published 7 days ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars ... as a hobby and this book has been a great foundation. I'd...
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible
I rated this book very highly. I was very taken with Taylor's Latin to GCSE course and thought this was also a very accessible work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Felixbelix
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good source for Greek students.
I'm a private tutor in Philosophy and Ancient Greek I did Greek for two years whilst I was doing my Ma but did not study it for over a year before beginning to tutor in it... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. M. Russo
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought Greek could be so easy
But it can be when it is clearly explained and well taught. I am learning it by myself and this book has really been invaluable to me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by flicka
3.0 out of 5 stars I was missing something!
I said in my review that maybe I was missing something as what is the use of a self learning textbook with no answers to the exercises? Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Coplowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Just as I expected - really good quality and came very quickly. I needed this badly and it was good for its price.
Published 21 months ago by Rashmi Sinha
4.0 out of 5 stars I've used this as a student
This book being, pretty much, the only one around was handed out to our class when we started GCSE. It can be a bit dull at times, probably the biggest general complaint about... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Chloe Funnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction
This book, together with volume two are a really excellent introduction to Ancient Greek. They are also very handy to have as a good aide memoire to those wanting to take it... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Ian.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I used this to learn Greek initially, and I can only recommend it. Greek grammar is laid out systematically, explained clearly and uncluttered by minutiae. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by Grainne Baker
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