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Learn to Read Greek: Textbook, Part 1 Paperback – 15 August 2011
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- Publisher : *Yale University Press; 1st edition (15 August 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 030011589X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300115895
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 1.59 x 27.94 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 323,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Subject matter has no introductory narrative to frame in mind material that is plopped before the reader, rendering it floating and ungraspable. The reader must strive to make up for the care the Writers did not take. Subsequent “Observations” are terse and obtuse.
Uses “lunate sigma” (c instead of σ, ς) in reading exercises of every other chapter. This is annoying. I have renamed it the “lunatic sigma”.
Synopses of verb conjugations only indicate a single voice (eg 3rd singular), rendering the synopsis significantly less useful. (virtually useless)
I find it misses the high level cohering explanations of the various topics that tie them up into a cohesive unit. D.A.B does an excellent job of this.
Too few chapters, therefore amount of material in chapters is too large. Chapter 12 in volume 2 is ridiculous. Formatting is very poor. In chapter Greek-English comparisons are poor and few. Far far too many post chapter readings. By the time you get to them the material of the large chapters is foggy. They become burdensome. This space would be far better utilized by providing valuable greek-english comparisons at the spot within the chapters, And there would still be plenty of opportunity for culling of readings. Time spent in overcoming these issues would be much better spent absorbing the material.
An alternative/ancillary learning resource, if not a reference or primary learning source. Don't start here.
I purchased it, and I must say I've been very happy with it as an independent learner. The workbook is absolutely necessary, and while it did not come with an answer key, I simply contacted the author and an e-mail with the attached answer key arrived the next day.
Overall, very happy as an independent learner and would highly recommend it.
and generous 'Learn to Read' texts. They are adult,
demanding, and effective. In order to get the job
done they are also enchantingly at odds with current
ways: With nary a whiff of regret expressed by the
authors, we are simply sent forth to memorize a
mountain of detail. We must read about men dying
for glory and country because those men did that.
And no matter how stifling the very concept of
grammar evidently appears to some progressive souls
nowadays, we simply have to accomodate here the
subtleties of the 'second aorist participle middle'
in just such traditional terms, else we do not
proceed. [Well, even us arch-traditionalists do
make occasional accomodation to more modern takes.
The so-called present & aorist stems of the text
are for me and others the durative & punctile stems,
respectively, aspect terms, and so the names of the
corresponding infinitives, participles, and subjunctives
are thus adjusted. Homer aside, if a so-called 'aorist'
form does not take augment, it ceases to be aorist.
So punct.subj, punct.inf, and punct.part they become.
There are advantages, as one soon sees.]
A huge whack of honest work comes with these books--
some 1400 pp of workbook drill amounting to months
of crucial work if we want real results. There are no
space-wasting diversions, not even pictures, except
for the lovely covers. These books, all excellent
physical productions, are as pleasing in appearance
as we can ask for within current desktop-publishing
technology. We are spared the puerilities that make
some recent works in the field thoroughly unamenable
to some of us: no dorky cartoons, no color, no sundry
cutesiness, no PC bowdlerizing. But to say all these
happy things is not really why I'm writing:
I am moved to write here in response to the 'Answer Key'
issue for the out-of-class learner. I too work at home
alone with this set of books, both the Greek and the
Latin. I came to them with negligible experience with
these languages. While I've reached the 4/5 mark in
the first Greek workbook and have nearly finished the
second of the Latins, I do not miss an answer key in
the slightest. Indeed, if one were available, I should
shun it at this early stage of learning, and for a very
simple reason: I would start looking things up in it.
There is much to be said for the 'Aha' moment when a
sentence that has stumped us for a long time suddenly
falls into sense, and we wonder what our problem had
been before. Answer Keys to hand deprive us of too
many delicious 'Aha' moments, and they lead to even
more twinges of regret when we had to peek needlessly.
If someone were about to give away the essential clue
to one of my still-unresolved translation exercises,
I'd run out of the room with fingers in my ears. Yes,
my workbooks to date are dotted with many a slip and
error and infelicity, but my early mistakes are now
jumping out at me. The fine paper in the workbooks,
not a minor feature, can handle a great deal of erasing.
Thanks for your time.