Scott Lawson wrote:Welcome to B-Greek James.
The Greek of the New Testament is indeed considered a "dead language" but,there are some on this site that are interested in speaking and writing Koine to better internalize the language, so in some respects it is presently being spoken. As a side note, I was watching the sci-fi series CAPRICA last night and discovered that the "Taurans" were speaking in Koine Greek, though using the Erasmian pronunciation which I found comical. (Erasmian without Erasmus) Of course it didn't bother me that they were also speaking English...there has to be some suspension of disbelief...right?
Modern Greek is of course a "living language" and presently spoken, but the concentration on this site is on Biblical Greek.
I've noticed that in Tagalog there are many Spanish words. Spanish also has words influenced by Greek; el systema, el programa and these interestingly take the masculine definite article even though they end in "a." What dialect do you speak?
Cheers and welcome,
ed krentz wrote:Helma Dik of the University of Chicago posted this recently on the classics list.
i'm already ducking in anticipation, but ...
There's a youtube video that takes the entire segment to establish the 3sg m-p indicative (with a somewhat unfortunate example, ἀκούεται) and the website states that
"This method allows the student after two years of study to start reading and understanding easy ancient texts without using a dictionary."
Very nice, but many of us would like to start reading easy original texts after 6 months instead, or, the latest I've seen in any college curricula, after 3 semesters. (or as early as after 5 weeks, as the case may be in a summer program - is that easy? no of course it's not easy!). So while making people happy by teaching them things that are not particularly classical and using an extremely limited vocabulary familiar from, say, your first week of Spanish or French classes, this does not line up with most people's goals for learning ancient Greek: they want to read Plato, Sophocles, and Homer. Not learn how to obey 'sit down' and 'stand up' commands, or 'knock on the wall' commands. A bit of extra practice in drill will accomplish this in no time, should you feel it is in fact important.
All of this is not to say that active command is not important, but the belief that a full-on oral method is the only way to active command and that it is the best fit for Classics, is problematic to me. Have oral drills? Emphasize active mastery? Absolutely. Skip paradigms? Have students use English grammar with Greek or Latin words and respond, καλῶς? No thanks.
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