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Greek to GCSE: Part 1 [Paperback]

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 2003
Publisher   Duckworth Publishers
ISBN  1853996564  
EAN  9781853996566  

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Part 1 covers the basics: the main declensions, a range of active tenses, and a vocabulary of 275 Greek words to be learned. Pupil confidence is built up by constant consolidation of the material covered. After the preliminaries, each chapter concentrates on stories with one source or subject: Aesop, the Odyssey, and Alexander the Great. Part 1 is self-contained, with its own reference section.

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about the quality of the edition  Jun 9, 2007
In Italy there are no tools for the self study of Latin and Greek: the many traditional handbooks, some good, some better, all require a very competent teacher and much determination because of the very sound, comprehensive but oh-so-dull approach and exercises.

There being a very large number of secondary schools where Latin at least is still taught, sometimes by very dedicated teachers, there is probably little need for self study tools.
Therefore I was overjoyed finding out some well reviewed handbooks for adults such as myself and I bought ALL OF THEM.

Their worth as textbooks I still do not know: it will obviously take me time to ascertain it and I shall edit my reviews later on to comment on that.
What I need to say now is that I was APPALLED by the lack of quality of all these books as editorial objects: I love and cherish my books and wish them to be quatity stuff, I am ready to pay more if necessary.

The binding look solid enough, which is lucky, even if a sewn spine would have guaranteed more comfort of read.
The paper is of devastatingly poor quality, blinding white in colour.
The inking being no more than mediocre and the font just tolerable, you can imagine the fun of reading them, especially under artificial light!

The layout of the pages is utterly unappealing, different paragraphs and or sections ill distinguishable. Texts are not even justified on the right margin!

Books like these need to catch and keep the eye of the reader who is going to refer to them for many years to come: beauty and clarity of typesetting are NOT an optional feature - do not forget they are quite expensive and the publisher should have taken much more care.

I am disappointed. Let us hope that at least the content is worth my money.
My motivation for learning Greek is to be able to read Plato and the New Testament. Not being a very talented linguist, I have in the course of five years accumulated an expensive pile of well known Greek courses, texts, and tapes. Only two have done me much good. This book is one of them; the other is 'Learn Ancient Greek' by Peter Jones. The contrast between the two could not be greater, although they do both have the overwhelming common advantage of having been written by expert teachers with a sense of humour (Peter Jones is wacky, sardonic, and Pythonesque; John Taylor is dry and subtle.) While LAG is very dynamic and gets into idiomatic Greek very quickly (eg, second aorist early on), by finding a very tight critical path through the material, G2GCSE takes the expected slow systematic approach with a shrewd eye as to what will trip up someone like me. LAG on the one hand gives answers to the exercises, but on the other hand the other not. Consequently, I found these two a very good informal partnership--well, at least I can say 'Hello' in Greek and read some Socrates and gospels now. I can also read the menu in the restaurants in Cyprus which impresses the waitresses no end but I don't know what they really think of my 2000-year old antique pronunciation.

Book One of this series took me 18 months of self-teaching to complete and covers the following: the verb 'to be'; present tense verbs (not contract); all three noun declensions; definite article; future tense; imperfect tense; aorist 1 and 2; present participle; aorist participle; numerals; expressing time; possessive dative; future participle; and tis/ti, autos, pas, and oudeis. Vocab totals 275 words. The Greek to English sentences are cunningly chosen to exercise the full range of variants, and the English to Greek are designed to push the brain into the next gear but you don't have to do them--but I did and I am a better man for it. The Greek translation passages are well known fables and fascinating slices of less well known history. Try telling the fable of the king of the frogs to a child, and you will suddenly feel the mind of the ancient Greek formed in you coming alive! Quite a shock really.

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