Help with self teaching GCSE/A Level Ancient Greek?

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I'm hoping to study Classics at university, and would prefer to get onto a course with the language requirements but I'm not really sure how I should learn it/how the course is really structured. All I've been doing so far is learning grammar and the 300 something vocab words on the GCSE specification, is this enough? Is there anything else I should be doing to study it properly?
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You don't really need to learn it before hand. I've applied for Classics this year and all the courses I applied for allow you to start Ancient Greek without any previous knowledge of it
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Although, there's no harm in having a head start if you enjoy it. I self-taught Greek for a few months and it was one if the hardest things I've ever done; now I have a teacher and it's so much easier.

If you're hoping to take the GCSE you'll obviously need to do plenty of unseens to practise your translation as well as rote-learning the grammar, and then there's the set texts which I imagine would be quite difficult to study by yourself as you'll have to be able to translate them and comment on their literary features.

If you just want to build up your Greek without getting a qualification, I would work through a good textbook (such as Taylor's Greek to GCSE) and learn the grammar and vocab from the book as you go along, without confining yourself to any specifications. This would probably be the easier option if you're teaching yourself.

But, as Lucilou said, no Classics courses require knowledge of Greek (or in most cases, Latin) so it may be better to just focus on getting the grades you need in your other subjects.
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omg how did this thread turn into a mess about jobs and elitism.

I just wanted to ask the best way to self teach myself unseen texts and translating the set texts?? And any tips for memorising the set vocab? lmao
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(Original post by deepless)
omg how did this thread turn into a mess about jobs and elitism.

I just wanted to ask the best way to self teach myself unseen texts and translating the set texts?? And any tips for memorising the set vocab? lmao
Turning this back to helpful discussion. In regards to vocab it's just going to be a case of splitting it up into shorter segments and learning each one building it up. Everyone's different so it'll depend on your style of learning - I like writing it and repeating it aloud, others like listening to them on recordings or just reading them
The books that were recommended 'Greek to GCSE' are very useful, because they bring each element in slowly - or maybe try going on a course like JACT; they're quite expensive but you can get bursaries
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I taught myself Classical Greek using 'Reading Greek' and John Taylor's 'Greek to GCSE'. I wouldn't worry about learning (independent) vocab lists: just work through these books as best you can and make sure to do all the exercises. It takes a while, but if you do an hour a day you can be pretty good in 3-4 months.
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