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Can I join the Greek class late?

I received this question:

I am a homeschool Mom looking to teach my children Greek. I found your website and see you have an amazing Latin program and we have completed Year 1 of Latina Christiana through Memoria Press. We have enjoyed it, but with Bible study we are finding Greek would be essential. My question is, do you have a Greek class currently? I was trying to navigate around the site and didn’t see anything specific. When I click on Greek on the tabs, it brings me to a search page. So I am sure I am doing something wrong.
If I join a monthly membership, will I have access to any Greek Lessons you have?

Here is my reply:

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Sure! You could do that.

I record every class I teach, and I only take them down if I am updating them.  I have quite a few students who use the previous classes only.  In fact, many prefer this as they can move at their own rate.  Students are always welcome to contact me if they have any questions.  

I only charge per family.  A subscription grants access to every live class I teach. It also grants access to all of the previous class on my site.  Currently, there are 16 classes on my site, 8 of them live.  In total, there are over 700 hours of instruction.   

As for Greek, that is my current passion.  I have been to Greece twice to study and am returning again in May.  I am doing everything I can to master this language.  I am currently teaching Greek, but I mention my studies and above simply to inform you that I am still in the process of learning the language myself.  I am no expert in Greek, though I am heading in that direction.

I’m currently taking students through New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen.  It is not an easy text.  But, it is concise and seems to get the job done.  Your kids are welcome to join in, but know that this is a seminary level textbook, and quite possibly a seminary level Greek class.   

That said, my goal is simple.  I want people to be able to read the New Testament and Greek by the time they finish this class. If that is what you want for your kids, then by all means, join us.  You can do so by clicking the blue button below: 

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Dwane

The upcoming Greek class…

I received this email:

First, thanks for all of your inspirational emails.  They always make my homeschooling day.

: ) 

I have a few questions for you regarding learning Greek…. 

When my daughter was in seventh grade she was interested in learning Greek.  I did some research and found a program that seems to work for awhile; however, she (we) were not able to keep up with it and we let it drop off

for the sake of her learning Latin, which she likes very much.  We are working through the First Form Latin text book as well as the first 30 lessons of your Visual Latin series.  This is the third year we are working on Latin, which I teach for one of the co-ops we belong to.  

1) At what point would it be ok for her to learn Greek?  That is, should she have at least two solid high school years of Latin (completed before she goes on to Greek?  

2)  What level is the New Testament in Greek class you offer?  Should my daughter take one year of Greek before taking this class?  

3) What, in your opinion, would “count” as two solid years of Latin — two years of Henle Latin or another curriculum? 

Sorry for all of the questions, but at this point, you are the only Latin and Greek expert I know of to ask these questions.

Thanks for your patience and have a blessed day and week with your family.

Here is my reply:

Hi!

Thanks for saying that.  I am glad you find my emails encouraging.

It takes a long time to become fluent in a language.  For that reason, if you are interested in learning a new language, I always recommend starting now.  

When it comes to Greek, my general recommendation is this.  If you know you want to learn Greek, go for it.  Start here:

https://www.duolingo.com/.  It’s free, and it’s fantastic.  Greek is available.

If you are learning Latin, it is a pretty good idea to finish Latin first.  This is because Latin grammar is similar to Greek grammar.  Learning Latin grammar paves the way for learning Greek grammar.

The Greek class I will be teaching is going to be a challenge.   It will be a one year course.  The goal is to go from zero to reading the New Testament in Greek by the end of the year.  For those who have completed Latin, this is an achievable goal.  For those who have not completed Latin, it is still doable, but it will be tough.  

I hope this helps!

Greek is finally up!

The last time I checked, DuoLingo was not planning to release Greek until October 1.  (I have been waiting since March.)

Yesterday, I randomly decided to check.  To my surprise, there it was, ready to go.  Already there are about 20,000 learners!  Yes!

This morning, I set up a Greek class on DuoLingo.  If you are interested, there are a couple of ways to join my class.

You can sign up using this link:

https://www.duolingo.com/o/pdhxqm

Or, you can log into DuoLingo and then use this classroom code:

PDHXQM

Let me know if you have any trouble!

Dwane

 

Possible schedule for next year.

For the first time in 20 years, I will not be in a classroom next school year.

For the last five years, I have raced home after school to start teaching online from 3 o’clock in the afternoon until 6 o’clock in the evening, or so.

The problem is, my mind shuts down after about 2 o’clock in the afternoon.   I found a quote I liked the other day.   “Think in the morning.   Act in the afternoon…” – William Blake

This is my modus operandi.   Unfortunately, for the last five years, my schedule has not allowed me to teach online in the morning.   This fall, I can teach whenever I want.

So, I am seismically shifting my schedule.

Here is a possible schedule for next year.

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Tuesday:  (All times in Central Time Zone)

9 AM: Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg Chapters 1 – 19 (Latin 1)

10 AM: Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg Chapters 20 – 34 (Latin 2)

11 AM: Roma Aeterna by Hans Ørberg (Latin 3)

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Wednesday:  (All times in Central Time Zone)

9 AM: First Year Latin by Robert Henle

10 AM: Second Year Latin by Robert Henle

11 AM: Third Year Latin by Robert Henle

1 PM: Greek 1

2 PM: Greek 2

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Thursday:  (All times in Central Time Zone)

9 AM: National Latin Exam

10 AM: From Latin to Italian

11 AM: English vocabulary from Classical Roots

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Of course if you can’t make it to class at those times, it doesn’t matter. Everything will be recorded.

And, if you can’t decide which class to join, that doesn’t matter either.   Subscribe… and you have access to them all!

This schedule is a preview.  It is subject to change.   Let me know if you have any suggestions.