Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (5)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AEI POLU KALA - READ THE NEW TESTAMENT, XENOPHON, AND PLATO, 10 Aug 2008
By 
Michael JR Jose (the UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Greek Beyond GCSE (Paperback)
I am a great fan of John Taylor's books, Greek to GCSE 1&2 are outstanding books and if, as an adult or younger student, you want to read the classics or the New Testament in the original, they are a great starting point.

Greek Beyond GCSE (2008), ISBN 978 1 85399 704 4, does indeed take you up to AS level classical Greek, but vocabulary tops out at only 830 words, so you will need to get something like Jerry Toner's 'Greek Key Words' (top 2000 most common words) to build vocab quickly, or if you are a New Testament reader, the old but good 'Pocket Lexicon of the Greek New Testament' by Souter. And a lexicon like the famed Liddell & Scott (abridged) - the old 1949 hardback impression is excellent quality print if you can get it - or the new 'Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary' by James Morwood & John Taylor (again!)

Warning - none of John Taylor's books have an answer key as they are school texts. Self-teach will be tough going. Or find a course such as the Open University (which I did) - or get a correspondence course of some type (cheaper, pace yourself). These books are great additives.

This current book continues the high quality set by Greek2GCSE1&2 and exceeds it. Struggling with the optative? - read the seven line explanation at the foot of page 12. Need a quick overview of subordination in complex sentences (the typical Greek sentence)? - see pages 44 and 45.

CONTENTS (the entertaining translation passages in chapters one to four I omit)

Glossary of grammar terms

Chapter 1: direct and indirect questions, correlatives, subjunctive and jussive, deliberative questions, optative, wishes, conditional sentences, potential optative/indicative with 'an'

Chapter 2: perfect tense, pluperfect tense, deponent verbs like perfect middle, numerals, prepositions, compound verbs, omicron contraction verbs, subordination and the complex sentence, useful idioms

Chapter 3: verbs in -mi, verb 'isteemi', time clauses, more middles, verbs with dependent participle, verbs of fearing, nouns/adj. with epsilon contraction, privative alpha and compound adj.

Chapter 4: impersonal verbs, accusative absolute, complex relative clauses, articular infinitive/gerund, indefinite construction, verbal adj./gerundive, dual forms, crasis and elision, third person imperative, subordinate (esp. conditional) clauses in indirect speech.

Chapter 5: readings (37 pages): Xenophon, 'Anabasis' and 'Cyropaedia'; Lysias court speech 'On the murder of Erastosthenes'; Thucidides 'Curse of Cylon'; Demosthenes 'Conon and his Gang'; Plato 'Protagoras', and 'Lost Atlantis' in the 'Timaeus'; Plutarch on Sparta; Lucian's 'Anacharsis'

Chapter 6: summary of syntax and Reference Grammar

Appendices: 1 - words easily confused, 2 - Greek and Latin constructions compared

Vocabulary - Greek to English, English to Greek

Index
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, again., 9 May 2010
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Greek Beyond GCSE (Paperback)
An excellent resource from an astute and gifted teacher. My one observation is that for those working largely or entirely on their own, this is fairly challenging stuff, and it would be more encouraging if the verb listings were a little more generous in helping the student to identify the more unfamiliar forms of certain verbs (esp. aorist and passive forms).
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Aug 2011
This review is from: Greek Beyond GCSE (Paperback)
Excellent - like the Greek to GCSE books the grammar is laid out clearly and not dressed up in difficult language.

My only (small) complaint is that there were not any verse passages to practise unseen translate (as per the requirements of the A2 syllabus), unlike the equally excellent Latin Beyond GCSE. However these can be found in Greek Unseen Translation, so if your goal is to complete a full A level in Classical Greek, I would highly recommend investing in that book also.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Greek Teacher!, 22 Aug 2013
By 
J. Scott "JS" (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Greek Beyond GCSE (Paperback)
A few years ago, finding myself with too much time on my hands, I decided to have a shot at learning Classical Greek. No matter what tutor you name, if it can be found on Amazon, I probably tried it.

I didn't get very far. Many of them assumed familiarity with other languages - especially Latin, though one of them actually had exercises requiring me to look up SANSKRIT words (WHERE, for Goodness Sake?!) and compare them to the Greek forms (and this was in a 'for beginners' book!!!) Needless to say, I didn't get past the first three chapters of that one.

Anyway, each book I tried was either too difficult for my linguistically-challenged brain cells, or it was so tediously boring that I quit after wading through a couple of chapters.

Then I discovered John Taylor's books, and everything changed. Suddenly learning Greek became both possible and fun!

This is the third book in the series (the others take you up to GCSE standard). And I also highly recommend his Greek Stories: A GCSE Reader if you're look for additional reading material.

That was a few years ago. And it worked. I'm now reading some Greek every day, and getting HUGE pleasure from the experience. I'm fairly comfortable in the New Testament and Septuagint, and with the aid of books such as Lucian's The Ass: An Intermediate Greek Reader: Greek Text with Running Vocabulary and Commentary, I'm enjoying 'learning by reading', without having to continually turn to a lexicon for the difficult words.

More recently, I've been working through Herodotus' Histories Book 1: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary, and even paddling along the polyphloisboian shoreline of Homer with The Iliad: Bk. 1. I'm loving every minute of it.

I say this not to boast - I'm no intellectual whiz - but to make the point that Taylor's books WORK. Easy step by easy step, they lead you into a whole new world of literature and pleasure. He's also a very nice person - when I emailed him to look for a key to the exercises, he was more than helpful.

If you're trying to teach yourself Classical Greek, I really don't think you can go wrong with this series.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, 24 Oct 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Greek Beyond GCSE (Paperback)
My daughter is using it for her AS Greek course. The beauty of the book is that it can be used as a class resource, but is also ideal for independent learning.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Greek Beyond GCSE
Greek Beyond GCSE by John Taylor (Paperback - 20 July 2008)
11.55
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews