Barry Hofstetter wrote:
If I may add to what Randall has said, I would absolutely not recommend this approach. You need to learn the language before you start memorizing texts. If you cannot take classes locally, there are multiple resources available online for the self-learner that did not exist even a few years ago. One is Michael Halcomb's courses. For a modest tuition, you can take a sequence of courses, just one hour a week, which will go a long way toward your proficiency in the language, and the learning is primarily oral/aural. Or you can do a more traditional approach. Either way, I can guarantee, and your experience bears out, that the approach you are using could only bear fruit with about .001% of the population, and that might be an exaggeration...
Here's where you can get more info on Michael's curriculum. http://www.conversationalkoine.com/p/classes.html
Welcome to B-Greek Marty.
I occasionally teach Greek online - and have the Greek courses up on the internet so that anyone can try them for free.
The first course starts herehttp://www.drshirley.org/gr201/index.html
You're welcome to try and see if it helps, and contact me with any questions.
There's also a textbook, which you can downlaod for free, herehttp://www.drshirley.org/greek/textbook/contents.html
Differrent people learn languages in different ways - if memorization doesn't work for you - try copying a bit a text each day, or reading aloud, or try the Memrize site at http://www.memrise.com/ http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/greek/
(includes modern Greek courses as well as classical/koine)http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/classics/ http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/ancient-greek/
Memrize won't teach you much, but it will help you memorize basic vocabulary etc. - and it will remind you to check in and try some every few days.
Also - you might try You-Tube for videos of Greek lessons
All the best with your studies - Do a bit each day, and don't give up - never, never, never give up