An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek: Independent Study Guide (Reading Greek) Paperback – 20 Jul 1995
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Reading Greek is the ancient Greek language course produced by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and published by Cambridge University Press. This Independent Study Guide is intended to help students who are learning Greek on their own or with only limited access to a teacher.
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If your school or university has prescribed "Reading Greek" - you wouldn't buy it otherwise - you are, unfortunately, part of a captive market and you really need to buy "An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek" as well to make sense of the course.
Since I took a year of Greek in college, I'm not so much learning Greek as getting reacquainted. But I took the class ten years ago, so naturally, I had forgotten lots.
I started by reviewing the first chapters in Reading Greek, but I quickly realized that I needed more than just what the text and grammar/exercise book could supply together.
Luckily this book exists. It's design for each chapter really helps. First it presents some words and phrases which might be a bit sticky--I check here before I even try to read a new section. Then I read the Greek section in the text. Then I come back to the Independent Study Guide, check the English translation section to see if I understood what I read. And I am faring much better now.
Having studied Latin with Reading Latin by CUP, I found this course to be somewhat less sophisticated. I would still choose this course over any other course available with English as an instructional language, it is profound, unpretending, the linguistics side is solid, the stories interesting and neither too light nor too long. Combining the text book and the grammar/exercise book into one compendium would improve the usability of the course. I also recommend that more exercises be added in the next edition. A better layout would also help, including larger font size. Still a best buy. The selection of texts is one of its strong points: not everyone who studies Greek wants to delve into Mythology, insurance fraud is a real life topic, here packaged in a very funny, capturing story. If you learned Russian and remember the story of the Marsman in the GUM, here are more stories that will stay in your memory for a long time.
I recently picked up my copy of the old edition of Reading Greek, and I love the course.
It dives right into reading Greek from the start, and it gives quite lengthy readings. Which I think is an excellent. It means you have to work to get through the readings, but you will definitely pick up some Greek this way. If you're like me you'll find yourself picking up words everywhere, even ones they don't expect you to memorize from the reading.
The vocabulary that they do expect you to memorize are very few from each subsection, so it's very manageable.
The grammar sections are clear and concise. I have not really studied an inflicted language and I still find myself able to grasp what's being explained.
I also find the texts and vocabulary being in separate books a good think, actually. It forces you to read the text and try your hardest to remember the vocabulary.
Overall, I find this an excellent course.
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