Learning Methods: Memorization of passages

Learning Methods: Memorization of passages

Postby Paul-Nitz » February 29th, 2012, 10:30 am

I'm enjoying memorizing some NT passages in Greek using the Hoffman method of memorization. The method makes memorization much easier. The memorization itself has, I feel, given me a leap in my understanding of Greek.

The nine passages I have memorized are short (one to three verses). I think a short story would be more useful for internalizing the language.

I have chosen Mark 9:14-32.

I wonder if one of our B-Greek fluent Greek readers could give Mark 9:14-32 a quick look. Does it look like nice typical Koine? Is there a Bible story that would be better for internalizing Greek?

I'm thinking that I want a story that's not too short (15-25 verses) and that has some dialogue.

If anyone wants to join the challenge, I'll send the schedule and notes on the Hoffman method. If I get no suggestions here, I'll stick with Mark 9:14-32. The schedule I have starts on 4 March and runs through 21 May. It takes about 15 minutes every day.
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Re: Learning Methods: Memorization of passages

Postby Stephen Carlson » February 29th, 2012, 10:44 am

My Greek teacher required me to memorize a Greek text--I still remember it after almost 30 years. I also require my Greek students to memorize a text.

I don't know what the Hoffman method of memorization is, though. What is it?

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Re: Learning Methods: Memorization of passages

Postby Mark Lightman » February 29th, 2012, 12:57 pm

I wonder if one of our B-Greek fluent Greek readers could give Mark 9:14-32 a quick look. Does it look like nice typical Koine? Is there a Bible story that would be better for internalizing Greek?


χαίροις Παῦλε,

Yes, this is a good passage with a little bit of everything—participles, infinitives, various tenses, even a subjunctive or two. This is also a good one to do because Louis Sorenson’s recital of Mark in Restored Koine goes up to chapter to 9,

http://www.letsreadgreek.com/ntaudio/ma ... mark09.htm

so folks would have several audios from which to choose to help in the memorization process.
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Hoffman Method - Mark 9:14-32 - Memorization

Postby Paul-Nitz » March 1st, 2012, 3:16 am

Thanks much, Mark Lightman! That gives me confidence.

Here is my summary of the Hoffman Method of memorization:
Here is a schedule in Excel for learning Mark 9:14ff (4 March through May):
More about the Hoffman method
    Marlin Hoffman was a professor at Abilene Christian College. Thanks to Don Potter and his website for putting me onto the Marlin Hoffman method of memorization. Here is a message from Don Potter about the method, followed by a link to a fuller explanation of the method:
“I would like to tell you my story in order to motivate you to use Brother Hoffman’s method. For much of my early life, I thought I could not memorize very well. I memorized the names of the presidents in high school, and the Gettysburg Address, and a few other things; but overall, I thought my ability to memorize was very poor. Brother Hoffman had a unique way of firing up his students. He convinced me that with his method I could memorize anything. In a class on the Pastoral Epistles, Brother Parker Henderson challenged us to memorize the books we were going to be stud ying. He said that if we would memorize all of I Timothy and Titus and one chapter of our choosing from II Timothy, we would automatically get a hundred for the course without having to take the exams. We had to quote the books to Brother Henderson himself. I immediately went to work on memorizing them. Brother Hoffman’s method worked just as he said it would!! I quoted all of I Timothy, Titus and II Timothy chapter 2 to Brother Henderson. Later I memorized I Thessalonians for Ted Kell and quoted it to him without a single mistake. Hiding these Scriptures in my heart has been a source of continual blessing throughout the years. I heartily recommend Brother Hoffman’s method, and pray that God will help me to spread it far and wide through the http://www.donpotter.net web site... Fantastic results can be obtained by reviewing scriptures daily for six months or more. For eleven years, my young son, Larry, trained in this manner, and he was definitely the most accurate in quoting the scriptures that I have ever heard or trained. On one test over a period of more than two weeks in reviewing scriptures, he quoted about 5,000 verses of scripture before he made a mistake that he could not correct himself from memory.”

http://www.donpotter.net/PDF/Hoffman,%20You%20Can%20Memorize%20God's%20Word.pdf
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