Tag Archives: New Testament Greek

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

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.

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!

Can adults join the Greek class (and any other class)?

I received this question:

I am a homeschooling mom who is interested in taking your Greek class. Do you accept adults in your class? My desire is to go deep into the NT’s original language. Thank you!

Here is my reply:

Hi, Lori!

Just discovered that my site was hiding over 800 comments and questions from me.  Scrambling to catch up over the next few days.  Not sure if I have already responded to this…

Even if I have, here I go again…

I have adults in my class often.  Some of my best students, actually.  However, you should know that my Greek classes are going to look quite different this year.  First of all, they will be recorded only… and it looks like we will be off to a late start.  i was planning to start recording in August, but will be pushing that off to September.  I will be recommending that students create accounts with the excellent duolingo.com, and that they join the modern Greek program there.  This will solve the pronunciation question.  I teach Greek with a modern Greek pronunciation, but I am going to let duolingo.com handle pronunciation for me as they will be hiring a native Greek.  Unfortunately, there has been a delay after delay. According to the site, Greek will be available on August 20. However, I have been waiting since they announced that Greek would be available starting in May.

Let me know if you need more help!

Have a happy Thursday!

Dwane Thomas