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by Hardy Hansen

Download Greek, an intensive course epub
ISBN: 0823211568
ISBN13: 978-0823211562
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Foreign Language Study & Reference
Author: Hardy Hansen
Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press; Revised edition (1987)
Pages: 588 pages
ePUB size: 1348 kb
FB2 size: 1529 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 652
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I've used Groton and Mastronarde; this is clearly superior to either in terms of pacing and comprehensiveness, although it's less compact than either, due in part to the _extensive_ exercises after each unit and self-tests interspersed throughout the volume.
This is the second copy of the book that I have purchased. This time, for a friend. The text is amazing for reviewing ancient Greek grammar, and I certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning the language in an intensive and fast-paced way.
I am just starting this book, and have worked through several units.
First, the book is substantial. Very complete. All the grammar, tons of vocabulary, examples and exercises.
The exercises are answered online so after translating or writing Greek, it is easy enough to check your work.

I am covering about a lesson a week (I work full time and am also splitting my time learning Russian).

Along with this I also purchases the Greek-English Lexicon of NT (second edition).

I am very pleased with the book in terms of completeness, and great lessons.
This is the best textbook I have ever had for any subject, and I am 68 years old! Could not be more clear, ordered or complete.
In my opinion, this is the best Greek grammar available today. Its one weakness, however, is the small amount of vocabulary words. This is easily remedied, though, by purchasing books like Greek Vocabulary and Idiom by W. J. Bullick and J. A. Harrison or The Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament by Warren C. Trenchard.
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I took two intensive summer courses in Greek last year. In 10 weeks, I went from essentially no knowledge of Greek to having translated books of the Iliad and Lysias. This book was used in both courses. It is an amazing not only as a textbook to learn the language, but also as a reference once you have. It teaches you almost everything you might encounter reading actual Greek (Attic, there is an appendix with some information on differences in Ionic). I highly recommend this book.
Look, the last time I learned Greek was when I was eleven and that's some time ago. I thought I'd get this book to refresh what I'd once known and I'm not too disappointed. The great advantage of this book for me is the systematic explanation of accentuation. I've never come across that in any book I've used. Abbot & Mansfield, Wilding, Wenham, no-one comes close. One disadvantage is the way it's structured. With minimal vocabulary the first units wade through verb and noun forms. This means that the exercises are academic constructs of little interest other than testing your knowledge of syntax and accidence. It's only after a good 100 pages that the first text of actual Greek pops up and then it's a fragment. Surely people are learning Greek to enjoy its literature? Anyway, it's a minor gripe. I'm sure with its thoroughness one should be able to read more or less anything by the end - a worthy destination. Pity the journey is so dull...
The first big surprise when you receive this text is its size and weight, but I cannot say enough concerning the excellence of this text (for its value can be measured in every ounce annd inch). However, one of the better aspects of this presentation is that it leaves virtually nothing to guess work. Essentially, every question the student may have had while plodding through the rugged terrain of alternative texts is answered in black and white as soon as the subject is encountered! Of course, this means that the student MUST READ EVERYTHING ! (yes, even the small print ... and everything ... Everything ... is explained right down to the minutest detail!). This text is definately not for the light hearted and is really intended for the serious-minded student grammarian. While there is a good deal of vocabulary presented, the emphasis is on repeated use of only a select few words (in all their numerous forms) in order to demonstrate the entire concept of Ancient Greek inflectional usage. I found this to be an exceptionally efficient and most workable technique. Vocabulary learning can be done on one's own, while the grammer must be studied intensively if one is to truly master the language. The primary emphasis is (as it shoud be) on the six principle parts. Once these are sufficiently mastered, everything else falls into place. I was also impressed with the almost immediate introduction to what are usually felt to be the more complicated aspects of the language and are therefore most often held until later or last (i.e., subjunctive, optative, etc.). But these are the more useful aspects of the language and help to lend that all important extra dimension to a comprehensive feel for the language. One of the great problems of presenting a language of any kind in textual format is that it must be represented in linear sequence. Humans do not learn their native languages in that format, nor do they successfully learn fluency in foreign tongues in that way. However, I beleive that this text does everything to counter the adverse effects of the sequential nature of textual language learning in regard to this exceeding rich and ancient language, which is exemplary in both its poetic and analytical nature. I might also add here that about 1/3 of the text is acutally a detailed appendex to be referred to afterwords when the student is ready for the more intricate (but not necessarily essential) grammatical elements. This is not a text for those interested primarily in a reading knowledge of the language. For that you might try Peckett & Munday's most excellent little text "Thrasymachus." (Refer to my review of that book under the appropriate heading).