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WHY I WANTED TO LEARN GREEK
I’d wanted for years to visit Greece. The history and literature of the country have been a passion of mine since I came across the Greek myths as a child. I longed to see Athens, and a few other famous places, but most of my pleasure in visiting another country lies in getting right off the tourist beats and meeting people, seeing how they really live.
Ironically, I can offer tips galore to anyone else trying to do so, including using flashcards, learning two or three symbols a day, transposing the Greek into your own system of phonetics, diving in head first, plenty of other methods. Oh, I could teach it. But no way on earth could I learn it. I tried to follow the BBC’s Greek Language and People course on TV, and bought the book. The course is so unspeakably bad that I was almost put off for life. I bought Teach Yourself Greek, a very sound if dull book, but no solution to the alphabet problem. I had the Talk Now! CD, and was doing well with vocabulary and pronunciation. But I still couldn’t really get anywhere because of the alphabet.A BREAKTHROUGH
THE APPROACH WHICH SUITED ME
I had five months in which to learn, and I approached Greek in a way novel for me. As a rule I am a great believer in learning languages in a formal way, with a thorough study of grammar. I think this is essential for any serious student of languages, including our own. A knowledge of English grammar is a must for all professional writers. After all, if you know how a language works you can use it more efficiently and subtly, and know exactly what you are doing. I’m often amused and pleased that the grammar in a salacious article in The Sun is just as sound as a staid piece in The Times.
|Price||See Amazon. Could be as low as £25.|
|Type of Book||Practical|
|Quality of Text||High|
|Logical Layout?||Chapters in a logical order|
|Level of Difficulty||Average|
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