Re: Teaching Greek

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 17:15:21 EST

At 3:29 PM -0600 3/1/00, Tony Stark wrote:
> How much Greek do you need to learn, to adequately teach the language to
>others? One year,Two years, Three years or more?
> Thanks
> Tony Stark :-)

which, being interpreted, is: How many years must one have before one no
longer teaches it inadequately: seven? or seventy times seven?

Having read four other responses to this question, I'd say that (a) it is
certainly the case that teaching it is the best way to learn it; the best
Greek class I ever had was one that met at least once a week together and
took turns doing review lessons for each other of the current grammar; (b)
I'm not sure I'd trust anyone who claims to feel altogether comfortable
teaching Greek; teaching Greek is one sure way of learning what it is that
you still don't know about Greek.


Carl W. Conrad Department of Classics/Washington University One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018 Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649 WWW:

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