{Read ePUB} Greek to GCSE: Part 1Author John Taylor – Bilb-weil.de

This course was written in response to a JACT Joint Association of Classical Teachers survey of overschools It offers a fast track route to GCSE for those with limited time It is based on experience of what pupils find difficult, concentrating on the essentials and on the understanding of principles in both accidence and syntax minor irregularities are postponed and subordinated so that the need for rote learning is reduced It aims to be user friendly, but also to give pupils a firm foundation for further study The course has been tested and refined inschools over the last three years Partcovers the basics the main declensions, a range of active tenses and a vocabulary ofGreek 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 Partis self contained, with its own reference section

14 thoughts on “Greek to GCSE: Part 1

  1. Ms Joy Kay Ms Joy Kay says:

    This book would have had a five star from me, but that It uses the nominative accusative genitive dative order of nouns, when I had just got used to nominative genitive dative accusative used in a different book clearly only a personal problem and ultimately good for the brain Apart from this I found the book very clear and very liberal with lists of translations This means that the usual distraction of having to look in the vocabulary at the end of the book and in the process losing the page one was on, leaves energy free for learning again possibly only a personal experience I now use this book alongside the one used by the U3A Ancient Greek group I study in Works for me While being aged, it seems that my learning brain as still that of a teenager I shall certainly buy the second of John Taylor s books in due course.

  2. Mr. L. Murtagh Mr. L. Murtagh says:

    I bought this book to assist me in my learning New Testament Koine Greek.The book does a great job, clearly laying out fundamental greek grammar such as noun declensions, verb endings etc There is a lot of exercises to practice, and some funny stories to try to understand usage in passages.I foolishly chose to do German at school instead of Greek However I am trained in Latin and that helped me big time in learning Greek as I was already so familiar with dative, genitive, accusative, imperfect tense, etc I had an understanding of New Testament Greek also so I wasn t a total beginner when studying this book, I did have some advantages.The only downside is that there are no answers in the back of the book to the exercises But I heard you can email the author and he will send you a copy of them.Will be buying book 2 in the future.

  3. Clare Bear Clare Bear says:

    The book is great Sadly the copy I purchased was so badly damaged it is unusable There are pages missing and falling out it s dreadful I m annoyed at having to purchase another as it isn t cheap but the fact that I am is testament to this book being worth it.My advice would be to buy new and avoid the used copies.

  4. Batsmad Batsmad says:

    This is such a good book to learn from I ve been using this as well as memrise to practice the words After struggling with the JACT reading greek books I thought I d give this one a try and I find the slower pace much better I understand all of the concepts and I m not just using a vocab list, I actually understand the paragraphs I got it only a couple of weeks ago and I m already nearly finished A great introductory book with plenty of exercises to practice, whether or not you want to do the GCSE

  5. D. J. Barnsdale D. J. Barnsdale says:

    Taylor has a knack of explaining grammar in a very clear yet economical way Initially it relies on single sentence exercises but Taylor has a unique way of making simple sentences fun And there are lots of them so the what is being taught sinks in The readings are simply adaptions which means that they tend to have a weak link to the specific point being taught This is a pity as Taylor clearly an able writer in Greek who could write stories specifically tailored to the topic being covered Nonetheless, overall it clearly deserves a five.

  6. Baron Paddington Baron Paddington says:

    Hoping for the best with this book I ve taken a star away from full marks as there is no key to the exdrcises A realmdrag but you have the option to contact the author via the publisher All well and good but hopefully to be come uncessary at the next reprint I ve had many faulse starts in learning Greek but this book looks as if it might work for me I ve wizzed past the first chapter lesson and so far so good.

  7. flicka flicka says:

    But it can be when it is clearly explained and well taught I am learning it by myself and this book has really been invaluable to me I found each chapter well laid out with good exercises of both greek to english and english to greek could have asked for a few of these.The passages to translate are great fun to do.I did Latin at school and didn t like it much Is it just better taught nowadays because that is fun too I love the grammar and writing the greek letters out as they are so beautiful.Must get the next book now.

  8. Christine O' Donovan Christine O' Donovan says:

    It arrived in good time and is a good starter grammar There is one disadvantage, one has to try and locate the author for the answers to the exercises.

  9. Heidi Heidi says:

    Recommended by a classics teacher Working on it.

  10. Learner Learner says:

    This is the best beginning book I ve found for ancient Greek I have tried many other books This book eases you into the language and explains things well It keeps the grammar as simple as possible, and does not introduce too much at once For example, it saves accents until the fifth chapter And it only introduces nominative and accusative nouns to start withGreek is hard to learn the textbook should not make it harder than it has to be.If you are a self learner, not in a class, then know that there are no answers given to exercises However, if you email the author he will send them to you.This short book consists of six chapters, plus two additional chapters consisting of a reference grammar and a vocabulary list, both Greek to English and English to Greek.Topics included in this Part 1 book include nouns 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension , prepositions, adjectives, present tense, future, imperfect, aorist, present participle, numerals, and expressing time Many of these are covered lightly I assume there is depth in Part 2 of this book.The book also includes a generous number of short reading passages to practice the grammar in each chapter This is a welcome feature Why are we learning Greek if not to read it The readings give you a taste of that and build your reading confidence.Note A new edition of this book will be published in November 2016 Greek to GCSE Part 1 2nd EditionI find the reading passages pretty challenging About half their vocabulary are extra words outside what you have learned so far, although there is a handy vocab list right below each reading I m afraid I will loose my momentum, so I m going to skip them for now and come back to them later.If you want additional easy reading practice, check out the following options Ancient Greek Alive Lots of easy, entertaining readings in ancient Greek Athenaze and Reading Greek books Reading Greek Text and VocabularyReading Greek Grammar and ExercisesAn Independent Study Guide to Reading GreekAthenaze, Book I An Introduction to Ancient GreekAnother easier beginning books is Learn Ancient Greek Greek and Latin Language A great reader to supplement this GCSE book isThrasymachus Greek Through Reading After a few chapters of GCSE part 1 you can start this Thrasymachus book, and then follow along with it over time, as you continue to learn grammar using the GCSE series.A 1928 classic grammar text with a lot of charm but steeper climbing for novices is An Introduction to Greek Dover Language Guides Dover reprintorAn Introduction to GreekBolchazy Carducci reprint

  11. E. KIRKHAM E. KIRKHAM says:

    This is an excellent beginning book for Classical Greek My 12 year old son has been studying the language for about six months now His primary text is Athenaze and he is doing well with it but John Taylor s Greek to GCSE makes some of the difficult concepts much easier to understand.Mr Taylor s approach is very direct and rapid Since he teaches the United Kingdom equivalent of US middle school and high school, things are presented in a way that is easy for a younger learner or for older learners who have been away from formal school for a while Mr Taylor is careful to explain grammatical terms, as opposed to simply throwing out terms like ablative and dative Another example is that the difference between simple past tense and true perfect is concisely explained If you have a good grasp of Latin he relates things back to Latin, but not in a way that excludes people without Latin experience In summary, very little prior grammatical knowledge is assumed, everything is clearly and succinctly explained.The first five chapters ignore accentuation Is this a good thing Since we ve addressed accent marks from the beginning, I can t assess this myself But I do know that it took my son several months of naturally writing without accents before he began to write naturally with the accent marks, so I suspect this is a good approach for a younger learner For myself, I would prefer to learn with accentuation from the beginning If you are like me, you can look up the proper accentuation and mark up your copy You ll probably learn a lot from this simple step, making it a good use of your time.This book deserves a place on your book shelf It s approachable in every way and simply gets the job done.

  12. Cyd Haug-West Cyd Haug-West says:

    I minored in Latin in college which was a long time ago , and since then I ve made various short lived attempts to tackle ancient Greek Finally, I think I ve found the book that will help me stay the course Greek to GCSE is clear, concise but not TOO concise , and includes occasional helpful comparisons with Latin grammar which is great for anyone whose Latin is still workable as mine is , yet not so frequent as to make non Latinists feel left out There are periodic reminder lists of the concepts one should have down cold, which helps organize study and drill with whatever flashcard system one chooses I m looking forward to continuing my study in the next two volumes once I get through this one.

  13. SBentley SBentley says:

    I am a homeschooling mom and my son wants to learn Greek He s mastered the Greek alphabet and wants to move on to actually learning the language There are very few Greek texts that aren t religious which makes it difficult to find one that will work for us I bought Greek to GCSE to see if I could use it to teach him and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived by its content.While we re on summer break I ve been going through the book and doing the exercises to get myself familiar with what I ll be teaching I really like the style of the book and find the exercises interesting and not overwhelming I like the pace that new words and concepts are introduced and don t feel like I m drowning in new stuff before mastering the previous material I like that it is spiral and when you learn new words and translate sentences, the author makes sure to include words from previous lessons instead of just keeping to the new words I ve learned quite a bit in a short time I can of course work much quicker than my son, but I don t mind taking it at a slower pace for him.One issue I have is that there should be an answer key Some of the sentences don t make much sense when translated, so I have to modify them to fit English, but I don t know if I m doing it correctly I could have the sentence totally wrong for all I know A translation of them in the back or even in a separate book would be welcome Fortunately, Google translate has Greek and I can type the sentences in if I m not certain The only problem of course is that you have to pull down a Greek keyboard on the translate page and tap in each letter, one at a time, by hovering the mouse over the letter and clicking This is incredibly time consuming.I also wish the author had included a phonetic pronunciation for the words in the vocabulary list at the end of the book I can of course sound them out, as Greek is pretty literal, but knowing where to enunciate the word would be helpful.Overall though, it s a good book for learning Greek and I m happy I found it.

  14. D. Swayne D. Swayne says:

    I wish American Schools would realize the importance of Greek in Grammar and vocabulary for Sciences and especially medical study at every level