Koine Greek

Koine Greek

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There are three main reasons to learn Koine Greek:

1) Vocabulary

The Greek language has had a profound impact on our English vocabulary. Many of the most fundamental philosophies began or greatly expanded in Greek culture (including medicine, mathematics, metaphysics, etc.), and their terminology is still very much present in modern English today.

2) Classical phrases and texts

Koine Greek, the form of Greek used from approximately 300BC-300AD, was a very broadly used language. Learning Koine Greek allows students to read these ancient writers in their native language – including the New Testament writers and the early Church fathers.

3) Cognitive Development

The very act of learning Greek teaches students far more than Greek itself.   It teaches linguistics, which is applicable in every language; this also leads into the study of logic and rhetoric.  It also teaches critical thinking skills, since grammar is a very precise and delicate subject manner.  In short, students learn to think clearly and analytically as part of the Latin process.

Language is made up of three parts: vocabulary, morphology, and syntax.

The Overall Goal

My goal in teaching Greek is to teach all three of these parts in a synthetic and comprehensive manner.  I leave no stone unturned, and my students learn to approach language in a way as to not merely translate but to actually understand.

Going Deep

Ultimately, I teach language at a level that meets or exceeds what I had in language courses – even those in my Master’s program.  Yet, in spite of the depth involved, kids of nearly any age are indeed capable of learning it!

Having Fun

However, I do not confuse comprehensive with boring.  Quite the opposite, in fact – I intentionally aim to make lessons fun! We laugh, we make jokes, we make fun of our mistakes.  Many of my illustrations have come straight from the minds of junior-high students, and I have learned that students having fun are students that study well.

I currently teach Greek with one curriculum:

Basics of Biblical Greek by William Mounce

This is an excellent workbook that teaches students to read from Christian sources, including the New Testament itself, the Septuagint (a Greek translation of the Old Testament), and the early Church fathers.

While this textbook is mainly focused on Christian literature, students who learn to read these sources can easily transfer their knowledge into secular sources of the time or even into the earlier Classical Greek of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the others.

Future Curriculum: Sentence Village

It is my eventual goal to transfer my Latin curriculum (currently in the progress of being written) into the Greek language. Latin and Greek are very similar in most ways, so students who learn one can pick up the other very quickly!

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No Strings Attached

After experiencing the first free lesson, you are under no obligation to continue. Though, of course, I hope you’ll want to do so!

What We Will Accomplish

Because Greek has a substantially different alphabet than English, the first lesson will be composed mainly of an overall introduction to language and a description of the alphabet.  Happily, if I am able to make even that interesting for your student, you’ll know I can work with just about anything!

The Bottom Line

I would love to hear from you and see how I can help your student(s) learn.  I can come to your home (especially if you’re near Osceola, WI or Anoka, MN) at a time that works for you and see how we can work together. You can send me a message here: Contact Me.