Brian Peterson wrote:I think this thread is deserving of more insights, if there are those who still feel they can contribute to the discussion
I'm a self-taught student of biblical greek. My long term goals are to be able to read the GNT with ease, and maybe learn some proficiency in speaking modern Greek (when studying a language, there's just something to knowing that your efforts will allow you to speak to millions of the same tongue). Up to this point in my Greek studies, I have simply memorized paradigm charts and vocabulary (with modern Greek pronunciation due to the influence of Spiros Zodhiates); I have worked through Trenchard's Vocab book and have just about memorized all words that occur 10 times or more in the NT. Yet, I now realize that I need an immersion type program going forward if I really want to learn the language. Since I'd like to maintain a modern Greek pronunciation, I'm wondering if Randall Buth's program would still be the best option (due to a couple slight differences from the modern pronunciation). Or would a modern Greek program be as a good for my stated goals? And what modern Greek programs are effective for self study?
There is something of general interest that might be pointed out:
"Yet I now realize that I need an immersion type program going forward if I really want to learn the language."
Yes. True. Glad that the 'dime has dropped,' if that idiom is still known. ἔασόν με τοίνυν ἀναπείσαι τοὺς πεπεισμένους.
One might ask, how many times does the wheel need to be discovered? Apparently quite a few times when it comes to 'NTGreek" and giving advice to Greek students. Doing 'grammar-translation' and reading the text outloud is not, and cannot duplicate, the effect of truly using a language and including 'listening for meaning' in the pedagogy. Daniel Streett, did I hear an 'Amen'?
Yes, listening for meaning leads to better pedagogy and internalization. Internalization leads to better reading. So that despite the oft-heard cliche 'we're only interested in reading', a listening-based pedagogy is mandatory for high-level reading, the kind of goal attained in other language programs.