I’m about to start teaching New Testament Greek for beginners for some people at our church. I want to start with some “golden rules”; i.e. principles that the students should keep in mind throughout their Greek learning career. I’d welcome any suggestions for further rules (even if it’s along the lines of “I wish I’d done this but didn’t”).
Here are my 3 golden rules so far:
- Time is important, but consistency is vital.
Your brain needs to be reshaped bit by bit. Cramming a language is impossible unless you’re a freak.
- Take every available opportunity to read out loud (to yourself, and to others).
You’re learning a language, not a code. Languages are spoken.
- Hard work memorising vocabulary will yield huge results.
If you know your vocab, reading Greek will be a joyful challenge rather than a dreaded chore.