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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:


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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After Greek 1?

I received this question:

Hey Mr Dwane, I know this is an early question but what will we do next (school) year for greek? Will we run through Machen’s book again? Is there a second Machen book? Would you consider starting a class that just went straight through the New Testament? It would be cool if we could do that, maybe start somewhere in the Gospels. At the same time it’d be cool we could start one of Paul’s letters and rotate because I’ve always wanted to read those in the original language. Just wondering. Thanks!

Here is my reply:

Currently, this is the plan.  We will get through New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen.  Hopefully, we will read the book through this year.  Then, next year, we will tackle one of the gospels together.  After that, who knows?

I do plan to teach the book again next year.  Subscribers are welcome to repeat if they like.  I would.  I have read the book a half dozen times, and I still need it.  But, perhaps that is because I am old.

I fight authority. Authority always wins.

Every few days, I receive an email from someone who needs me to grade their work.

Every now and then, I receive an email from someone who really wants to learn Latin, Greek, or Italian.

It’s a bit frustrating.  Grades overshadow everything.  90% of my students only want their grades.  10% actually want to master Latin, Greek and Italian.  It is what it is.  It’s what the modern state, the modern government school system has done to us all.  I hate it.  I fight it.  I will continue to fight.  Doesn’t seem to matter.

I fight authority.  Authority always wins.

I know you guys are stuck.  We all are.  I am doing what I can to help.

I am working every day this to build tools to help students check their own work.   I am creating more quizzes and tests for my site.   Just created another one this morning.  It is my goal to write a quiz/test every day.  Already, there are around 100 quizzes/tests on my site and that number is climbing.  My site will generate an automatic grade for students who take the quizzes.  

I have also loaded my own answer keys to my site, and I will be loading more.  These are free to subscribers. Over the past six, or seven years I have created a massive database of responses to my students.  Compiled, these answers total around 1,000 pages.  These pages I am uploading to my site for my subscribers.  I also have forums where students are able to interact with other students and are able to check each other’s work.

Life is slowly returning to a normal state for my family. Back to work.   

Last week, Classical Conversations asked for an article from me.

Here it is:


A few weeks ago life for me turned upside down. My family and I were in Athens, Greece at the time. I had moved to Athens to study Greek, and then we received the call no parent wants to receive.

My son had nearly died when the vehicle he was driving flipped six times on interstate 70 just east of Denver, Colorado.

My wife was on a plane to Denver within hours. My girls and I stayed behind to quickly settle our affairs in Athens. We left a day later.

These days, we are living in Aurora, Colorado. We are waiting for my son to heal. He is recovering. It is a slow recovery. But, he is recovering.

By the way, the Classical Conversations community in the Denver area has been amazing. Thanks to all of you.

A funny thing kept happening to me while we were in Greece. As we met people, they would naturally ask what I did for a living. My response was always the same. “I teach Latin online.”

The European response was fascinating. “Ah. That is a very important language. It is also very difficult. But, it is a good language to study. Without Latin, it is difficult to understand the history and the people of Europe. It is also difficult to understand the history of your own language as English is heavily influenced by Latin.”

This response stunned me. Not one person ridiculed my dedication to studying the Latin language.

I am not used to this kind of response. In fact, I am used to the exact opposite.

The American response goes something like this: “What? Who in the world speaks Latin? Why do students need to learn Latin? Does anyone learn Latin anymore?” Usually, there is a fair amount of ridicule tossed in.

Before I can respond (I don’t even bother anymore), the conversation moves on to politics or the latest football game.

Because we were planning to stay in Athens for so long, we had to apply for residency for my wife. (My kids and I have British passports and did not need to apply for residency.)

The process took my wife and I deep into Greek bureaucracy. When that proved fruitless, we ended up in the office of an Athenian lawyer.

Naturally, he wanted to know why I wanted to stay so long in Athens. “I have mastered Latin,” I responded. “Now, I want to master Greek.”

He raised his eyebrows. “I’m afraid that will take you a long time, my friend.”

“That’s okay,” I explained. “I dedicated ten years of my life to mastering Latin. I’m ready to dedicate ten years of my life to mastering Greek.”

He leaned back in his chair. “Yes. I think it will take you ten years. But, it will be a journey well worth it. As you know from learning Latin, you are not just learning a language. You are learning a way of thinking. You are learning a culture. You are learning a history.”

The stark contrast brought something home to me. Americans’ connections to our roots are shattered. We really have forgotten where we have come from.

If we could go back two hundred years in the United States, I believe we could have the same conversations that I was having in Europe. After all, Latin and Greek were part of a good education back then. Patrick Henry knew Latin. Thomas Jefferson knew Latin and Greek. I could go on. Latin and Greek played a significant role in early American education.

If you are anything like me, you feel like you are pushing water uphill.

Homeschooling is not easy.

Then, someone comes along and tells you that you must add Latin.

Making bricks is tough. Now, make bricks without straw.

Mastering Latin is tough. Mastering Latin under ridicule is tougher.

It takes nerves to push on when everyone is making fun of you. Just remember this. You’re doing a good thing. You’re not alone. America may have forgotten what a good education looks like. But, that doesn’t mean that everyone has forgotten.

Perhaps Europe has walked away from much of its Christian heritage. Perhaps not. I grew up over there. I see things a bit differently. That’s a debate for another time. One thing is for sure. The Europeans see the value of what you are doing.

The Founding Fathers would see the value of what you are doing.

So do I. Ignore the ridicule. Push on. You are not alone.

Dwane Thomas
May 2017

Original article here: https://www.classicalconversations.com/…/dont-walk-away-past

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Grading is time-consuming

I received this comment:

Please add me to the waiting list.  I think it would be worth triple the money (although I’m not saying j could pay that. Lol). I can imagine it takes forever to grade.

Here is my reply:

Got it!  You are on the list.  Still working on a solution.  And, yes.  You are correct.  It is incredibly time-consuming to grade.  I have hundreds of students emailing me in Latin and Greek.  It’s a lot.  I am ready to be done.  But, my wife reminds me daily that there are many struggling moms out there who have no idea how to grade the work of their children.  She is strongly encouraging me to continue grading.  

I, on the other hand, am wavering.  It is noon here in Athens.   I have been grading since 4 this morning and there is no end in sight.

A note from my wife…

Dear Friends and Family,

You are receiving this letter because I wanted you to hear from
me, rather than “through the grapevine”, about an opportunity
that God is opening for us to serve in Greece. A year ago, we
were able to serve the refugees with Servant Group International.
It had a lasting impact on all of us. Sitting at an abandoned school, in classrooms that were now homes to 3 or 4 families, we listened to personal stories of rafts sinking, buildings bombed, homes destroyed, forced military service, and walking miles to escape. These people, who had nothing, invited us to sit with them, eat with them, share tea with them.

Since that time, the plight of the many refugees that are still stuck in Athens has been on our hearts and in our prayers. More are still coming, although that flow has slowed some since the borders north are now closed. These individuals need supplies, ESL classes, places to take showers, but also they need encouragement and a reason to hope. How very excited I was when SGI contacted me to see if I would be interested in going back to be the field co- ordinator for teams going over short-term. This will allow me to continue to listen and love.

After a trip to Atlanta last month, I was approved for a Visa and we are now making plans to leave for Greece in late March and be in Athens for @ 4 months. During this time, I will be working with monthly short-term teams sent over through SGI. The teams along with myself and our girls will be working at local ministry centers and or refugee camps. We will sort and deliver supplies, help with children’s activities, cook, help with ESL classes as well as shop to meet unmet needs. Dwane will be continuing to teach his Latin and Greek classes online while studying Greek at a language school in Athens. Jackson will be joining us in Greece, later in the summer.

We are excited to see how God has been orchestrating all of these details, long before we knew of His plan. We are excited to go and serve and invite you to come also (contact SGI). We also invite you to take part through prayer support and financial giving. My goal is to raise $6000 in support to help cover my expenses each year.

You can send a one-time gift, or if you are able to donate monthly, your support will be held for me at SGI in an account and will be sent to me as needed.

Thank you for your prayer, encouragement, and support.

Blessings, Gretchen Thomas

To donate online, please visit www.ServantGroup.org, go to the donate page, and select my name from the pull-down list.