Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 8

29 01 2010

From the chapter on using your senses:

Increasingly, teachers are harnessing different methods for learning Greek, including catering for different learning styles and utilizing the power of our senses for language acquisition.

Because Greek is normally treated as a dead language (though it is far from it!), there is often little interest shown in pronouncing it or hearing it read aloud. This is a great shame. Speaking Greek out loud can be a very useful way to internalize the language.

It seems that singing Greek is all the rage at the moment.

Personally, some of my fondest Greek memories are associated with Kalamata olives and feta cheese, but that doesn’t really help with paradigms.

Posted by Con Campbell




5 responses

29 01 2010
Laura Grace

This is just a peeve of mine, but I DETEST the word “utilize” — in most cases, why not just say “use”?

29 01 2010

I could not agree more about the speaking and hearing of the language. That is why i went to Greece is to fully immerse myself with the language and bath in it. But I disagree with your last line, fresh olives could help you learn Greek. Greek babies learn Greek while eating olives why can’t we? Perhaps olives, feta, and ‘Greek coffee’ could be utilized in the classroom to assist in the learning. If not at least class would be full because of the tasty treats.

(To Utilize means to render something useful whereas the word ‘use’ means that something is already in a position or condition to be useful. Dr. Campbell’s point is spot on.)

1 02 2010
Con Campbell

Ok, you got me there redpooba. More olives and feta!

3 02 2010
Don Berman

thanks Con I believe that sounding out the Greek certainly helps me.
I am attempting to retain my 1st year Greek.
I am using my Greek bible alongside a parallel bible (with English)
but I suspect this in the long run is not going to solidify my Greek as an independant skill.

God bless

8 02 2010
Marsha Cleaveland

My first Greek prof took the class to a local Greek Orthodox festival to get a broader feel for the language and culture as it is today. Also, I enjoyed expanding my immersion in the language through watching a series from the pubic library on the ruins of Ancient Greece. Anything to stimulate the “Greek” side of the brain — feta cheese and olives included!

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