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τοῦτο [τὰ γράμματα] γὰρ τῶν μαθόντων λήθην μὲν ἐν ψυχαῖς παρέξει μνήμης ἀμελετησίᾳ, ἅτε διὰ πίστιν γραφῆς ἔξωθεν ὑπ᾿ ἀλλοτρίων τύπων, οὐκ ἔνδοθεν αὐτοὺς ὑφ᾿ αὑτῶν ἀναμιμνῃσκομένους·

Reflections on Learning and Reading Ancient Languages

Greek Ollendorff update

In 2013 I recorded Asahel C. Kendrick’s Greek Ollendorff and made these publicly available on Dropbox. In January 2021, when I was consolidating various things I have done on the web into this WordPress blog, I decided to delete my Ollendorff recordings, since I didn’t have any evidence they had gained any traction — see …

Comenius – Still Useful (or, Comenius Comania)

ἀρχὴ παιδεύσεως ἡ τῶν ὀνομάτων ἐπίσκεψις principium eruditionis vocabulorum consideratio est Epictetus I certainly spent a lot of time on Comenius the preceding decade, extolling his usefulness for Latin and Greek vocabulary acquisition and making YouTube videos to that end. I mean a lot of time — my wife got to calling it Comania! Here …

Looking back

Ten years ago, on the brink of retirement, I began dusting off the Latin and Greek I had learned decades ago in college. In the process, I discovered there were two ways of going about learning ancient languages. For lack of better terms, we can call these the grammar-first approach and the natural-language approach. In …

Homer and Greek Epic

This previous fall (2013) I took a seminar in Homer’s Odyssey. While they are still fresh in my mind, I’ll review some resources here for studying Homeric Greek. Homer first? First there is the question, for those beginning ancient Greek, whether or not to start with Homer. My answer is, if Homer is what you …

The "OTC Moment"

Hello all. Has it really been a year and a half since I’ve posted anything of substance? Well, the sun has completed a few more revolutions around the earth (if I am to think like an ancient), and in that interval my Latin and Greek have not been idle, so here is my most unTweetish …

Beefing up your Latin Vocabulary, and How I Learned to Love Comenius

I am grateful in these times to have a job. But in whatever spare time I’ve had the last two years, I’ve done my best to resurrect my Latin and Greek, strictly on my own. Drawing on my experience, I have been using this blog to pass on some hopefully helpful information to other aspiring …


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