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An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek: Independent Study Guide (Reading Greek) Paperback – 20 Jul 1995

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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (20 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521478634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521478632
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I would like to say I really don't agree with one of the other commenters on this book, that the lack of perfectly literal translations is irritating or misleading. I find it gives a broader scope, as do the non-identical vocabulary translations from GVE, without which one could become stuck in the tradition of a particular translation--which could easily become misleading later on. Having said that, I can see it could be annoying for some of those studying alone. The book is essential for lone students: answers to the exercises and translations are not given in GVE, and those this does provide. Its main fault is that it doesn't go into enough detail on sufficient points; a more thorough analysis would be very useful for those who cannot direct random queries to a teacher. Another note: if you are planning to start this course, the cassette tape (Speaking Greek) really is necessary. Amazon do not seem to stock it, but you can buy it through Cambridge University Press, quite expensively. I first started the course without it, and even with careful study of the pronunciation guides before, was horrified at how incorrectly I had been pronouncing most words when I finally managed to buy a copy.
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Designed to be used in conjunction with the "Reading Greek" series. Gives answers to problems and translation notes. Excellent for self-study for someone who has had some training in a foreign language (esp. Latin), or has occasional access to a Greek teacher.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The patch you need for "Reading Greek" 19 Sept. 2002
By Diotima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Reading Greek" was first published in two volumes: the TEXT and the GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY AND EXERCISES. "An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek" was subsequently published to patch up the shortcomings of the original volumes (which could not be easily reprinted with corrections because they are so interrelated). The authors - a committee - admit that even teachers of Greek found the original volumes quite difficult to follow. The original explanations are too brief; reference material is scattered throughout the text; and the typography is poor (with some very small Greek fonts, and badly organized headings and subheadings).
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.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A self-study guide, designed to be used with the series. 13 Nov. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Designed to be used in conjunction with the "Reading Greek" series. Gives answers to problems and translation notes. Excellent for self-study for someone who has had some training in a foreign language (esp. Latin), or has occasional access to a Greek teacher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You need this if you are studing Reading Greek on your own. 7 Feb. 2006
By Peter Sipes - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are using JACT's Reading Greek to learn Greek, you need this book. I wholeheartedly reccomend this series, as it is the best reading method Greek series I could find.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helas - not quiet as good as Reading Latin... 14 Oct. 2005
By Dr. Doolittle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This course package is rather nice and still the most comprehensive, compact, well-rounded and historically-oriented, well-balanced introductory greek course. BUT IT IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN STUDY ON THEIR OWN AND KNOW HOW TO HELP THEMSELVES (E.G. READ A GRAMMAR GUIDE)
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dives for the deep end 16 April 2012
By ksiezycowy - Published on Amazon.com
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(This is my review for all three books in the course)
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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