Topic | Greek Primer like Getting Started series

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  • CrystalN
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    Wondering if anyone knows of a Greek primer that is set up similar to Getting Started with Latin.  We have loved, loved, loved Getting Started with Latin.  I love it so much in fact I think we will do Keep Going with Latin before moving on to Cambridge.  I was wondering if anyone knew of a Greek primer that is similar.  My students will be 7th and 10th.  I am not necessarily looking for high school credit worthy material.  I use the Latin as part of my dd’s English credit and would do the same with a Greek primer, the rationale being it is a vocabulary study.  My goal is a love of languages, not so much mastery at this point.

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    MissusLeata
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    Hey, Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek. If you already know the Greek Alphabet, you can start with Level 2.

    alphabetika
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    We used Elementary Greek: Koine for Beginners. It’s not set up like GSWL (which I also love!) , but it’s very easy to use because it’s set up in a daily format with very manageable amounts of learning each day. It also includes an audio, which is helpful.  Before we started, my daughter had some fun with the Greek Alphabet Code Cracker to start learning the alphabet. She went on to take one year of high school level Greek online and really enjoyed it and did well, though she settled on ASL as her “official” foreign language.

    Ruralmama
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    Glad to hear that alphabetika. We have Elementary Greek Koine for my son for next year! He is also doing code cracker now, but may not finish. Would that be a problem in your opinion?

    alphabetika
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    No, not at all a problem!  EG starts with learning the alphabet, so nothing else is necessary. This dd just happened to love alternative alphabets, secret codes, things like that, so she did GACC for fun.

    CrystalN
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    Thanks Alphabetika! After I posted this I searched the forum and discovered I asked the exact same question a few years ago – and you gave the exact same answer! Lol

    My daughter also LOVES codes and languages. She has about 40 languages she made up and has dictionaries full of words. Even grammar rules. Strange hobby! She loves Latin and I think she may enjoy the “code” aspect of Greek. She is also trying to learn Korean on her own because she likes the Korean alphabet. She has no interest in Spanish which is the one language I could actually help with. Oh well….

    I definitely plan to add Elementary Greek to our lineup next year. It looks like Memoria Press has begun publishing it. I see an MP version on Rainbow Resource, but also another version which I cannot remember right now. Same authors. Do you know if they are the same. Or if one is better than the other?

    alphabetika
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    How funny about the previous post!

    Your daughter sounds AMAZING!  She might be interested in reading about JRR Tolkien and his love for languages, as well as his invention of Elvish languages for the purpose of writing Lord of the Rings. She probably has already read about this. My daughter at one time was interested in studying linguistics and was particularly interested in the structure of language. Another resource she loved was a short class she took at Lukeion.org, an online resource for classical history and languages. I can’t remember the name of it right now, but it was basically about languages and codes and allowed the students to make up an alphabet as part of the class.

    If your kids have any interest in ancient languages, I highly recommend Lukeion. My oldest daughter took Latin with Lukeion and my “Greek” daughter hoped to take Greek with them, but their class conflicted with another commitment she had at the time, so she took it online with another provider.

    My code-loving daughter is 22 now, so it’s been a long time since we used Elementary Greek. I don’t know if there is an updated version or if the ones you describe are the same. I remember getting ours from Rainbow, and the publisher was called Open Texture.

    totheskydear
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    I used to make up languages and spent many an hour on omniglot.com as a teenager. 🙂 I think Linney is working on a “Getting Started With Greek” book.

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