Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Any good recommendations for books etc for doing the above for A Level?!
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    I thought this thread looked a little neglected...are you really doing A level Greek? Can I play too?
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tobias)
    Any good recommendations for books etc for doing the above for A Level?!

    Reading Greek is very widely used, but I find its approach vexing at the best of times. It all depends whether you have any aptitude for language learning, and whether you've learnt another language before: if you have, I'd suggest 'Greek: An Intensive Course' by Hansen and Quinn, it's designed for sophomore American students, but it's remarkably thorough: if you're learning with a teacher, you can easily pass over the most detailed parts, and study only what is necessary. The explanations are lucid, and the lay-out attractive. The cost is quite modest too; especially compared to the ridiculously overpriced Reading Greek series, which requires that you buy three or more little books at sixteen or so pounds each, instead of one book at a reasonable price.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Madelyn)
    I thought this thread looked a little neglected...are you really doing A level Greek? Can I play too?
    If you like :eek:
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tobias)
    Any good recommendations for books etc for doing the above for A Level?!
    "Reading Greek" is a classic, but cn be very frustrating/illogical. The new 'Teach Yourself Ancient Greek' is really good, and the Oxford Grammar by Morwood is a fairly standard useful book as well.

    I'll think of some more in a minute and add them to the list...
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by svidrigailov)
    Reading Greek is very widely used, but I find its approach vexing at the best of times. It all depends whether you have any aptitude for language learning, and whether you've learnt another language before: if you have, I'd suggest 'Greek: An Intensive Course' by Hansen and Quinn, it's designed for sophomore American students, but it's remarkably thorough: if you're learning with a teacher, you can easily pass over the most detailed parts, and study only what is necessary. The explanations are lucid, and the lay-out attractive. The cost is quite modest too; especially compared to the ridiculously overpriced Reading Greek series, which requires that you buy three or more little books at sixteen or so pounds each, instead of one book at a reasonable price.
    Yes, I had looked at the Reading Greek series. Thanks for the help!
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Are you looking to start learning the language from scratch and get up to A level, or building on what you've done so far to go on to A level?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    From scratch :eek: :o:
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    I had a fairly helpful Greek book for GCSE, I think it was called Greek For Beginners, by L. Wilding, with an orange cover. Not very detailed in terms of grammar, but it gets you started from absolute scratch. It draws lots of parallels with Latin, which my class found helpful if you have a reasonable knowledge of Latin, irritating if you don't.
    Why the desire to learn Greek from scratch? Obviously I think it's highly commendable, but you don't see many people doing it.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    hehe It will come in handy for the degree I want to do at the particular uni to which I want to go...And not knowing Greek makes me feel ignorant :eek: allusions to Latin are cool...
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Also: I think I shall go to the Byranston Greek Week next year (it's too late for this year) which might be rather cool.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    What degree/uni are you interested in? I want to go to Bryanston (so many classicists, all in one place!), but it's not really practical.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    English/Cambridge. There is huge scope to study ancient or modern foreign languages, and you can focus your degree heavily on the Greeks, so I'm gonna get a head-start for good old Mr Admissions Git. But primarily, I want to learn Greek for the fun/pain of it!

    Byranston sounds wicked and so I shall be applying as soon as they'll let me!
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    I used the book Madelyn did for GCSE Greek not that I took it but I did study for it. lol.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tobias)
    But primarily, I want to learn Greek for the fun/pain of it!
    Greek isn't painful. Bloody difficult, sometimes, but never actually painful.
    Does anyone happen to know if there's a Cambridge Greek Course, like the Cambridge Latin Course with Caecilius and so on?
    Leannemann, why did you study the course but not actually take it?
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tobias)
    Also: I think I shall go to the Byranston Greek Week next year (it's too late for this year) which might be rather cool.

    It's a fortnight; I'm going this year.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    i found some pdf files of old textbooks from about a century ago, and just received a book i bought off amazon:

    http://www.textkit.com/learn/ID/159/author_id/75/
    http://www.textkit.com/learn/ID/105/author_id/39/

    and http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...065253-4818864

    i havn't got much further than trying to learn the alphabet, and the various rules that go with it, but the learning resources i've got are pretty good. the latter has some fun exercises where it gives lists of various things (like plants, animals etc) in greek and you have to transliterate each word.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    Mine did that, and with names of Greek myth people.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    Leannemann, why did you study the course but not actually take it?

    Because I was expected to learn Greek from scratch in a year, and I didn't want to learn all the texts for the exam but it was good practise for general language learning It's taken for granted that modern languages usually use a recognisable language.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Blimey... there's actually a subject dealing with Ancient Greek?? Can anybody teach me?? Wow, I really want to learn both Greek and Latin. They are not popular here, in my homecountry. Only Science scholars do Latin.
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
Updated: November 8, 2005

University open days

  • University of Bradford
    All faculties Undergraduate
    Wed, 21 Nov '18
  • Buckinghamshire New University
    All Faculties Postgraduate
    Wed, 21 Nov '18
  • Heriot-Watt University
    All Schools Postgraduate
    Wed, 21 Nov '18
Poll
Black Friday: Yay or Nay?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.