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Learn Ancient Greek (Greek and Latin Language) Paperback – April 24, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0715627587 ISBN-10: 0715627589

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  • Series: Greek and Latin Language
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (April 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715627589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715627587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Jones, co-founder of the Friends of Classics, is one of the best-known figures in the teaching and appreciation of the Classics, a regular contributor to national newspapers and the author of many books and articles, including, in the same series, Learn Latin.

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As an avid linguist and fellow language-collector I highly recommend this grammar to anyone seeking to add classical Greek to their repertoire.
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Rather than providing long lists to memorize, Jones promotes the only truly effective manner of learning any language--written exercise and repetition.
Thank the Gipper
I really can't express the difference it made, I'm finding reading in Greek so much easier because I'm now actually being able to think in Greek.
Catherine

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on March 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love this book so far (up to chapter 5). It's elegantly simple but very effective. I've also been doing the JACT course, and while it is very good and certainly much more comprehensive, it just didn't grab me. Jones uses a lot of repetition to drill things in, and it works because unlike the JACT course, I'm finding things are actually sticking in my head. Fortunately, Jones also has a very silly sense of humour, so this does make all the repetition rather more fun.

I've been trying to do 1/2 to 1 chapter most evenings just before I go to sleep. While Jones wants you to write everything down, I've been saying it out loud while trying to visualise it in my head. It's harder at first but I find I'm retaining more. Also because I don't have an easy reference of vocabulary, I'm forced to think a little more to see if I remember something.

What's great about this book is that it makes Ancient Greek approachable, and well, fun! I really can't express the difference it made, I'm finding reading in Greek so much easier because I'm now actually being able to think in Greek. And I actually look forward to doing exercises!
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Furio on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Some reviews about this handbook sound quite enthusiastic, a few do not.

First of all, I should like to make clear that I am not new to studying ancient and modern languages, both by myself or with a teacher.

I have decided to take up Greek seriously (a long standing wish) on my own to give my passion for historical lingustics a sounder basis and I bought several British and American textbooks as there is no self study material in Italian.

There is no doubt about Dr Jones being competent, that is wholly out of question. I like his humour too, his light hearted way of illustrating grammar as if it were real fun: I may be a linguist in the core but I find learning declensions by heart just a little more easy than a common high school pupil would therefore heartily welcoming any device that can make things more palatable.

Up to chapter five (included) things are just fine. I do not like (well, I abhor) the leaving the accents aside, but this is very common way in Anglo-american textbooks: I see no reason why it should be so but so it is and one cannot blame Dr Jones too much for doing just the same.
Accents aside, learning is easy and entertaining and you really get the impression of making the most of your time.

From chapter six things get sticky. Grammar is still nicely illustrated but the examples and excercises are no longer up to the task of making you learn what has been so entertainingly explained. Reasoning leads one near to nowhere: one must begin learning by heart and doing the (few) excercises again and again in the attempt of memorizing vocabulary and constructions.

An even stickier problem is the choice of readings.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you're self-learning a language, and finding standard textbooks to be drier than toast, give Peter Jones' "Learn ___: A Lively Introduction to Reading the Language" books a try! I have his book for Latin, and it enabled me to get over the initial learning curve and see that I would be able to learn this language after all. So, when I saw that he had another book for Ancient Greek, I snagged it as quickly as possible! These books began as a popular series of newspaper columns in the UK, and were subsequently published as books due to popular demand.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris-zmuda on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
A totally awesome Teach-yourself book. This review is coming from a language teacher with more than 20+ years in the field of teaching/tutoring ESL/EFL. I have studied such varied languages as: Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Sanscrit, Classical Greek, Polynesian, Latin, and others, so am not a stranger to the study of linguistics or tongues. I have perused, over the years, various books aimed purportedly at teaching yourself various languages, and must say I find the Jones book one of the better ones.I particularly liked his humor, which jumps out at the reader from every page and makes the usual toil of this attempt at language learning a joy to exceed all joys, indeed! Esp. his renaming of "Definite Articles": DEF ART (p. 34), which harks a rock concert or other hallmark of modern life, making the normally dry, dull activity of declension lists more palatable. His arrangement of the DEF ARTs indeed is logical, fun and manageable. He only gives the student what the student needs. No more; no less. No poring over endless vocab lists. Every word has a place. The student can be assured that whatever is presented, he will use forthwith. No need to worry that a word or phrase will be neglected or ill-explained in this cheery little tome. Much worth the money if only for the chuckles, as well as the learning! A merry good read...indeed.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cade on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have the earlier 1999 printing of this book, and have recently gone back and worked through it again for a review of the basics. I'm well studied in French, German and Latin, using more "formal" books for those languages. I regret that I didn't use Jones' Latin book (although I'm contemplating getting it just for the fun of it), and that there aren't comparable texts for modern languages!

Jones is not only an entertaining teacher (even in print), but a wise one. As other reviewers have said, he organizes otherwise daunting information in small, easily grasped nuggets. He also keeps the pace moving along, so that the self-study doesn't become laborious. It does get a little more difficult midway through: after chapter 11, you'll find yourself multitasking with reviewing (so not to forget) past vocabulary and grammar, tackling new material, and trying not to get frustrated with increasingly more complex exercises. Yet fret not, as Jones makes this inevitable hump in learning any language as easy and accessible as possible (mind you, he warns us of this challenge at the start).

My only gripe, which isn't really a bad one, is that I found both times through the book that once I got past chapter 13, I actually wanted more exercises and more reading segments. Somehow, I felt a little in disbelief that I had actually covered very much and wanted the reassurance. However, despite seeming "lightweight" by comparison to other texts, the book does cover a significant amount of essential Greek vocabulary and grammar that any beginner needs. The first time through, I found I was able to read many Greek texts with the only a lexicon for unfamiliar vocabulary. The second time through, I was even more impressed with how pithy and fun yet thorough the text is, which made it not just a great introductory text, but the prefect method for review.
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