News & Current Events
bkmitchell — 2017-09-09T07:22:00-04:00 — #1
Is the Communicative Approach helping my students get Greek “better” than they would otherwise ? To be honest, I’m still in the early days and I just don’t know yet. But I have made some early observations that are encouraging:
The students seem to enjoy Greek class more, which can only help the learning process
They are visibly enthusiastic about learning and confident about progressing in their learning..
They are continually forced to make choices in communication, such as differentiating between the use of the imperfect and the aorist, or the active and the middle. That sensitization will have direct payoff in their reading of Greek texts, whether the NT, LXX, Josephus or otherwise.
I can point with more certainty to the effect a communicative approach has had on me personally. My comprehension of Koine Greek has blossomed.
dave_l — 2017-09-09T08:14:26-04:00 — #2
This is great. Ward Powers in his book "Learn to read the Greek NT" says, "one language cannot be given an exact and final translation in another language because each word has an area of meaning, and the area of meaning for a word in one language will only partially and approximately represent the area of meaning for a word in another language".
So being able to think in ancient greek without translating it into english on the fly would be a tremendous advantage. But I think second best is having a firm footing in doctrine, and then choose the closest corresponding word from the many available options as we translate into our native tongue. Of course knowing that the literal meaning doesn't necessarily reflect the spiritual meaning of the text.
bkmitchell — 2017-10-01T02:12:26-04:00 — #3
Biblical Language Center's Living Koine Greek Lesson One (100 pictures)
bkmitchell — 2017-10-01T02:13:34-04:00 — #4
First Greek (koine) lesson with Prof. Christophe Rico - Part I
gao_lu — 2017-10-01T19:33:13-04:00 — #5
I wish I could learn that quickly.