[b-greek] Re: Learning Greek vs. other languages

From: YalieFan@aol.com
Date: Mon Nov 27 2000 - 09:34:57 EST

<HTML><FONT COLOR="#0000ff" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SCRIPT" FACE="Comic Sans MS" LANG="0">In a message dated 11/21/00 12:44:43 PM Eastern Standard Time, <BR>rhammer@fastlane.net writes:
<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">How does Greek compare in difficulty to learning other languages? &nbsp;</BLOCKQUOTE>
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<BR>I have studied many languages (currently I speak 7, but have also studied <BR>Latin) and have found Greek to be somewhere in the middle on the difficulty <BR>scale. &nbsp;First there is the problem of the different alphabet (not as hard as <BR>Russian, though), and the fact that the language is inflected (nouns have <BR>different cases depending on their use in the sentence). &nbsp;The verbs are not <BR>too hard; it is easy to memorize the various endings and tenses. &nbsp;
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;My students find it hard to learn Greek since they have little or no <BR>knowledge of English grammar to base their learning upon. &nbsp;I teach Modern <BR>Greek at Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, FL. &nbsp;It is the only <BR>high school in Florida which offers Modern Greek. &nbsp;The textbook is poor and <BR>the curriculum is mainly developed by me! &nbsp;So it is a tough situation all <BR>around. &nbsp;I have enjoyed hearing the discourse on this list regarding teaching <BR>of Biblical Greek (my true specialty).
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;sas euxomai geia kai xara (and no, I haven't mastered your system of <BR>transliteration too well!)
<BR>Marianna Steriadis</FONT>
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