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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: 15.8 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I purchased all three of Taylor's Books and am slowly burrowing away on Book 1. Excellent! I am only writing this review because some of your respondents lament the fact that they do not include answers. No problem!! Write to Mr.Taylor via his publisher requesting the newly printed answers ( this also applies to his GCSE Latin Book)to the books, and he'll either send them direct to you or ask for your e-mail address.
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.
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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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This is the start of a systematic coverage of the basic grammar which will be needed by the propective reader of classical Greek.The aspiring adult learner might be put off by this text at first glance .This would be a pity. Despite the clearly formal approach,and the absence of " an answer key", Part 1 is a great deal more 'user-friendly' than might a appear at first sight. The user I have in mind is the adult beginner working without a tutor/teacher. The author refers in Part 2 to the "typical economy of Greek grammar". This economy will probably not be obvious to the complete beginner starting Part 1.For instance , the noun declensions look like a high hurdle and the beginner working alone might be put off by what appear to be lots of variants to some simple rules.The adult beginner should persevere. The author's explanations of rules are invariably clear; the attendant exercises are closely bound to the explanations. By omitting contract verbs and middle verbs from Part 1 the author is able to cover the active present,future,imperfect .first and second aorist indicative forms in enough depth to allow the learner to read sets of linked narratives. These narratives provide a sense of progress, and as each has at least one central "point", the learner should feel assured that the lesson has been learned. The adult beginner who has already learned the definite article endings and met the use of participles in Peter Jone's "Learn Ancient GreeK " will find Part 1 a thoroughly rewarding second step and might even be impatient to get on to Part 2.

Part 1 of JT's course has 163 pages. Part 2 has 356 of which 239 are taken up by new material. Can you get through this without a tutor ?
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