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ZZZenAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 06:56:53

My dd would like to learn Greek and I am looking for a beginner's course book. Could you tell me which book your dc are working with?

I'd appreciate any recommendations. Local booksinvolve translation into Czech and it would be easier for dd to have a book based around English translations (or possibly German)..

She's 12, learns Latin so has some idea of grammar. She likes books with childish appeal but I haven't found anything like that for Greek.

dew63 Thu 21-Mar-13 08:20:58

Try finding a copy of Classical Greek for Beginners, Kristian Waite, ISEB Publications

dew63 Thu 21-Mar-13 08:25:21

Also see

Ladymuck Thu 21-Mar-13 08:37:08

Kristian Waite is probably the author to look for. He teaches ds and most of the books have been written inhouse. This is the latest one published I think, but there is also a separate answer book.

Idratherbemuckingout Thu 21-Mar-13 09:01:19

The best book I have found is from Galore Park. An Introduction to Classical Greek by Kristian Waite. Really well laid out, clearly explained. My DS is enjoying it at home with me before he starts Greek at school next year.

Ladymuck Thu 21-Mar-13 09:02:29

There seems to be a sample chapter available from the book on the Galore Park site here.

ZZZenAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 09:32:51

Thanks very much, I'll have a look.

ZZZenAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 09:47:11

It looks very good and age appropriate for dd. Thanks very much.

booksteensandmagazines Thu 21-Mar-13 21:07:51

John Taylor - Greek to GCSE part 1. My sons teacher swears by it.

Idratherbemuckingout Sat 23-Mar-13 16:04:13

Yes, that one is very good too and once you have worked through those two you can get some online freebies that are about 100 years old and much more complicated consequently but really good on Textkit.

ZZZenAgain Sun 24-Mar-13 20:43:07

From what I have read that book seems to have a straight-forward approach which I like but dd might need more exercises than the book offers and at 12, I think the text might move move too fast for her. I would like to see a text sample really to get a better idea of it. It is quite difficult to compare these textbooks when you cannot take them in hand and compare chapters.

Did your ds start working with the book aged 14 booksteen?

Am not aware of Textkit but I'll do an internet search, thanks.

MrsTwgtwf Sun 24-Mar-13 20:45:36

Ds used the John Taylor book mentioned by booksteen.

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 11:01:09

I think the Galore Park book would be easier to teach from (seeing as how I will probably have to do it that is a major consideration). Perhaps the book from John Taylor to follow on from that. Although by then I hope I will have someone else to do it.

Idrtherbemucking about, do you know which text book your ds will be using when he starts school? Will it be Reading Greek?

IndridCold Mon 25-Mar-13 14:29:33

My DS started Greek back in September when he moved up to 'big' school. They use the John Taylor 'Greek to GCSE'.

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 14:55:54

Thanks Indrid

Idratherbemuckingout Mon 25-Mar-13 15:54:22

I don't know which book he will do at school but they use the Galore Park books for Latin so I am expecting it to be the Galore Park one for Greek too. I had only done Latin myself and have been teaching myself Greek and really enjoying it. I am on the Textkit book for so called beginners in the lower forms of secondary schools back in about 1908 and it is MUCH harder with a much bigger vocab and includes the dual of the nouns which I had never met before. I know there is a Part Two to the Greek GCSE book so maybe it is in there. But I am persevering and loving it.
There are loads to choose from on Textkit and are totally free to download, some with a key as well so you get the answers! So far I think I have done okay without the answers but I foresee a time coming when I will need them.

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 18:02:55

Thanks. I've never heard of Textkit. Sounds good. I will have to look it up. I find I often prepare much older books, they are somehow clearer and just get to the point - which I feel I need. Dd has learnt Latin with Galore Park and that went well so I presume the Waite book would work well for her. From what I saw of the sample chapter online, it seemed quite straight-forward.

Well done teaching yourself Greek at the same time as teaching ds! I find that quite impressive.

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 18:03:59

prefer not prepare (sorry)

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