Jesse Goulet wrote:So my question is, can image-based vocabulary study incorporate abstract concept and non-concrete words?
James Cuénod wrote:The problem is that, like learning glosses, the semantic range is still going to be different. When I see a fox I still only think of an animal and perhaps "cunning/sly" but there are no connotations of "destructive" which is part of the idiomatic range of ἀλώπηξ.
Devenios Doulenios wrote:Jesse,
I applaud you for wanting to avoid English glosses when working with new Greek vocabulary. It probably can't always be avoided, though.
For some abstract words pictures can work, if carefully chosen. For others, perhaps not.
One thing that probably also would help is using short simple Greek definitions instead of glosses along with the images, and also adding sound clips pronouncing the word if your software supports that.
You should take a look at how W.H.D. Rouse did it with the vocabulary for his story A Greek Boy at Home, a story for first-year students written in simple Attic Greek. Rouse does use English glosses for some words, but even then he often provides a short definition in Greek. (If you don't feel ready to compose these yourself, Rouse would have definitions for some words you might want, and I'm sure some list members would help with hints for this.)
Here are the download links for his story book and the vocab (The vocabulary is in a separate volume; both are availible in PDFs).
I am attempting this approach (using definitions in the target language instead of English glosses) for learning Biblical Hebrew vocabulary, starting with that for Jonah, which I'm working with now. I'll put a sample up on the B-Hebrew forum soon.
I have an iPad too and am continuing to look for things related to Greek to use on it. Which software are you using for the flashcards?
Jonathan Robie wrote:Jesse Goulet wrote:So my question is, can image-based vocabulary study incorporate abstract concept and non-concrete words?
I've been using Google image search for this kind of thing. The trick seems to be to combine the abstract word with a concrete one. For instance, "hope" is hard to picture, so a Google image search for hope doesn't give good results, but try hope face girl, most images aren't helpful, but you find a few good ones like this:
Or try hope face dog, I like this one.
For εἰς -> ἐν -> ἐκ, consider searches that include dogs, people, etc. together with words like 'house'. You will find images like these:
Jesse Goulet wrote:James Cuénod wrote:The problem is that, like learning glosses, the semantic range is still going to be different. When I see a fox I still only think of an animal and perhaps "cunning/sly" but there are no connotations of "destructive" which is part of the idiomatic range of ἀλώπηξ.
A very good point.
I think the goal of vocabulary acquisition is to gain a fundamental working knowledge of words first. Additional connotations I believe can and should be picked up by seeing the word used in multiple contexts, just like how we learn naturally in our primary language.
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