How to Learn Ancient Languages (Ancient Greek & Latin)

How to Learn Ancient Languages (Ancient Greek & Latin)

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JACT Summer Schools:

Cambridge Independent Learners Courses:

Classics for All:


Books Mentioned:

Reading Greek Text and Vocabulary:

Reading Greek Grammar and Exercises:

Reading Greek An Independent Study Guide:

Lucian’s The Ass:

Lysias: On the Murder of Eratosthenes:

Cambridge Latin Course Book 1:

  1. Athenaze works great for self-instruction. Very easy to use. I think the Reading Greek course is cumbersome. It is not helpful to have a course needlessly split up into two separate books to be used in conjunction. Too much make-work.

  2. Loved your video. Thank you so much for doing it. I have always been fascinated by ancient Greek. I assume that the Greek you are learning and that is in the books you showed in the video is the Greek that came just before Koine (the "common" Greek that the New Testament is written in). It is my understanding that there are at least 4 dielects of ancient Greek — Attic, Doric, Ionic and Aeolic. Are these books teaching just the Attic dielect or some combination of them ? How is this handled?

  3. If you're interested in Ancient Language/Hebrew/Theological discussion I highly recommend "The Bible Project" youtube channel and podcast. The podcast coresponds with their Youtube videos. Whether you're a Christian, a Muslin, etc. or even an Atheist I highly recommend giving this project a listen/watch. Plus, I have to give praise to the quality of their videos because their animation is just outstanding.

  4. I’m 14 and have been learning Latin for 4 years. I’m also doing Cambridge Latin Course and I’m nearly on book 5! I’ve just finished my level 2 gcse but I think I’m gonna quit tho cos I’ve got my GCSE’s next year :((

  5. Hi, I have just been accepted onto a classics PGCE (without languages). Do you think that I would be able to gain a basic knowledge of Latin for GCSE within a year or two? Do you have any advice?

  6. Hello. I see that this is an old video. My undergrad major was, in part, Greek, though now I am a medievalist and work in Latin and Germanic languages (Old English, Old Norse, Old Saxon, etc). I am tutoring a person in Modern Greek and about to begin tutoring someone in Ancient. I was looking for tools and ran across your videos here and then followed that to your blog. I just wanted to say keep up the good work!

  7. This is great! We home educated our kids, and I introduced Latin to them when they were little (just roots and games). Five years ago we joined Classical Conversations, a support community for homeschooling families, when the kids were in middle school and high school, and we began Latin grammar studies in earnest together. I've been trying to learn Latin ever since right along with my kids. I'm always looking for ideas and tips on better ways to study. It's difficult for my middle aged brain to grasp, but satisfying. Thanks for the encouragement!

  8. I know this is an older video, but the books by Bill Mounce and Dan Wallace are outstanding for learning Greek – they are geared towards teaching Greek for the purpose of reading Biblical manuscripts, and the books by Mounce are taught in just about every seminary in the US that I am aware of; he's kind of thought of as the "Greek guy…"

  9. Personally, I have much passion for Latin and Sanskrit. But in my country, Thailand, most schools, both public and private, oblige students to learn only English. If one chooses to learn Latin or Sanskrit instead of English or Chinese , he or she will be asked who he or she will speak it with. That's why I am always upset with this stupid and narrow-minded question. I've always retorted them that English isn't the only language spoken in this world. Don't be so parochial! Latin and Sanskrit help learners to be more systematic and open-minded.

  10. I taught my son how to read when he was 14 months old. At the beginning, I assumed he might be a bit young but I gave it a shot and followed this reading guide “Wamzοzο Loli” (Google it). He could now read an entire book without my help at two years and four months.

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