5. Practice your parsing.
If vocabulary is the main stumbling block for keeping your Greek, verb forms are probably close behind. All those paradigms! How will you stay on top?
My tip is this. When you do your 10-30 minutes of Greek reading each day, practice your parsing. One way to do this is to read through a verse or a few verses, then go back through the text and parse each verb therein. This may take a little time if your verb paradigms are rusty, but once you get them into shape it doesn’t take long. All you need to say to yourself is, for example, “Present Active Indicative 3rd person Plural, λέγω.” Do this for each verb (including participles and infinitives). Even if you know straight away what it is you’re looking at, by deliberately going through and parsing each form you will keep your recall sharp. You don’t want to end up sort of recognizing verb forms, but not being able to spell out what they are. That’s a sign of Un-keeping your Greek!
I have one other tip. This is not something I have done, but a retired minister who kept his Greek right to the end of his formal ministry shared it with me. Every year, he sets aside one whole day and re-learns his entire verb paradigms. He writes them out, practices the rusty ones, and reinforces the ones he remembers. For a whole day. Might be worth a try if you need a quick whipping into shape.
Posted by Con Campbell