Help me choose the cover for my book, Keep Your Greek

27 05 2010

Which cover do you prefer? I need to make a decision by Friday, so any thoughts would be appreciated. If you can tell me why you like a particular cover that would be especially helpful. Thanks!

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Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 7

27 01 2010

From the chapter called Get it right the first time. This chapter is aimed at students learning Greek for the first time, rather than pastors who need to recap.

If you’re a student at seminary, bible college, or university and are currently studying Greek, you will never have a better time to get it under your belt.

Keep in mind that you want to know Greek so that you can teach God’s word with depth of understanding, observing its subtleties and nuances, many of which cannot be conveyed in translation.

The more capable you become with Greek when you first learn it, the easier it will be to keep your Greek in the future.

If you can get yourself to that place, you will find it easy to keep your Greek. And that means that you’ll have years ahead of you to read the New Testament in Greek, study it in detail, and teach it with depth and understanding.

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Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 6

25 01 2010

From the chapter on reading slowly:

While it’s a good thing to practice reading Greek quickly (see the last chapter), it’s very important to balance that with reading slowly. Not because reading slowly is necessarily an inherently good thing, but the point is that you practice reading Greek carefully.

This can be incorporated simply into our daily Greek reading, as can reading quickly. The key is to mix it up so that your daily Greek reading is fast on occasion, and slow at other times.

The irony is that reading slowly and carefully will ultimately enable you to read quickly and easily.

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Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 5

19 01 2010

From the chapter on reading Greek quickly:

When we read Greek quickly, it helps us to get ‘the vibe’ of the language. To get the vibe of something, you need frequent exposure to it, but also some comprehension of the bigger picture.

Reading quickly will also help you to ‘internalize’ the language in a way that slow and careful reading may not. To ‘internalize’ a language means that you no longer treat it as an abstract ‘code’ to be deciphered. Rather, it becomes more like a song you know really well.

Reading quickly also feels more like you’re actually reading because you’re taking in more content, and therefore piecing together the ideas and the wider message of the text.

Read Greek quickly and dig the vibe, man.

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Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 4

26 10 2009

Since vocab learning and retention is one of the biggest hurdles for keeping your Greek, I thought I’d share some more thoughts on this for your feedback. It’s been helpful so far!

My thoughts can be grouped into principles of learning and retention, and tools to achieve this. The following is a summary; it’ll be fleshed-out in the book, of course.

Caveat: I don’t necessarily expect everyone to use all of these; they’re ideas and suggestions (though some are more important than others).

Tell me: what do you think, and what’s missing?

How to learn/remember words

1. Invent a memory hook for each word.

2. Make each word your friend.

3. Pronounce each word.

4. Try listening to vocab (make your own recording or download).

5. Try writing vocabulary out by hand.

6. Practice going from English to Greek, not just Greek to English (more advanced).

7. Make vocab a part of your life. Busy people need a pattern that does not take much time or effort.


1. A New Reader’s Lexicon of the Greek New Testament. This provides rare vocabulary for each passage in the GNT, which makes reading more enjoyable AND facilitates learning the vocab you don’t already know for any passage you might be working on.

2. A Reader’s Greek New Testament. This is similar to the above.

3. Various software tools (there’ll be an index of these, I think). My favourite is iVocabulary for iPhone.

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Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 3

23 10 2009

Here are some more. These are from the chapter on vocabulary.

Make vocabulary your friend! You remember the names of your friends, right?

Clearly one of the hardest elements of keeping your Greek is vocabulary. Even if you remember your paradigms and recall the syntax, without knowing what the words mean, it is all for nought!

I get the impression that some people are ‘above’ learning vocabulary. What I mean is that vocab learning is not especially sexy or sophisticated, like, say, verbal aspect 🙂

While it can be tempting to rush your vocab learning—since there are so many words to master—it’s important to let quality rule over quantity.

The great thing about a good memory hook is that it will really help to keep the word in your long-term memory, because the connection that’s made makes a lasting impression in your mind.

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Keep your Greek: Testing some lines 2

8 10 2009

From the chapter on software tools…

Bible software tools provide incredible speed and convenience […]. But, they come at a risk. And—just like cars—the very thing that makes them convenient is also the thing that threatens to kill your Greek: Speed.

By moving that cursor too quickly, you can replicate the perennial problem that is inflicted by the dreaded interlinear (that you have recently burnt).

So, my advice to you is the same as it will be to my kids when they’re old enough to drive (in the way-distant future): by all means harness the power of software tools, but be very careful that their speed does not kill your Greek.

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