[b-greek] RE: learning greek by ear

From: Ken Smith (kens@180solutions.com)
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 12:46:22 EDT

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<P><FONT SIZE=2>You've got several options this way.</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>(1) Marilyn Phemister is in the process of putting together a complete collection of the Greek New Testament, read according to the &quot;standard&quot; academic/Erasmian pronunciation, out on http://members.nbci.com/mphemister/.&nbsp; All of her recordings are available in RealMedia format for free, and she's probably about a third to half-way done with the NT.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>(2) Professional-quality recordings of the New Testament, read in a fast, fluid modern pronunciation are being produced at http://www.greeklatinaudio.com/index.html.&nbsp; Only the latest chapter(s) are available for download, but you can order individual books (as they are completed) on CD.&nbsp; Right now, unfortunately, the only completed book is Revelation.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>(3) Spiros Zodhiates has recorded the complete Greek New Testament on audio tapes in a modern pronunciation.&nbsp; It's available for $64 + shipping, etc., at http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product/25311864?item_no=9574017&event=SRC.&nbsp; </FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>Since I spend most of my listening time in my car, I've spent more time listening to the Zodhiates recordings than to the others.&nbsp; It's taken a while to get used to the modern pronunciation.&nbsp; More difficult, however, is the fact that modern Greek really only has a couple of vowel sounds, and has dropped the rough breathing.&nbsp; As a result, sounds like hOI, OI, Hi, H, hH, I, EI are all pronounced &quot;ee&quot; -- which makes it difficult to distinguish numerous similar-sounding words (except from context, which for non-native-speakers like myself is complicated).&nbsp; </FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>Marilyn Phemister, not being a native Greek speaker, doesn't have quite the flow of the others, but because the Erasmian pronunciation distinguishes pretty much all the different vowels and dipthongs, she's much easier to understand, and is probably what I'd recommend for a beginner.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>Ken Smith</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; -----Original Message-----</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; From: Daniel L. Barnhouse [<A HREF="mailto:HoratioWS@aol.com">mailto:HoratioWS@aol.com</A>] </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2001 7:43 PM</FONT>

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<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Subject: [b-greek] learning greek by ear</FONT>

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<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; If anyone knows of an audio series that would let you hear </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; biblical greek being read, I would be interested in knowing about it.</FONT>

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<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; I think that I would learn greek faster if I could just sit </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; down and listen to it as it is read.</FONT>

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<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Daniel L. Barnhouse</FONT>

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