Where is the best place to start?

By Leslie Turai, in 'Ancient Greek', Oct 1, 2017.

  1. Leslie Turai New Member

    I'm going to start learning ancient greek in school, and I want to get a head start, what site or book is the best place to get down the basics of pronunciation and such?
  2. Iáson Cívis Illústris

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    If you truly want to learn how to pronounce it, Vox Graeca (by W.S. Allen) is probably the best guide; it is, however, very detailed and technical.

    Additionally, you have to bear in mind that for many (if not most of) the letters, the original pronunciation is very difficult for English speakers, and so for teaching purposes their values are replaced with more convenient sounds. This is also true of the pitch accent, which most students and teachers simply ignore.

    I started with Wilding, Greek for beginners, but it's rather old-fashioned. If you're doing it in school probably the best bet is to find out what textbook you'll be using and have a look at that, because conventions can differ very considerably. Generally speaking, which textbook it's best to use depends very much on your personal preferences in learning languages.
  3. Leslie Turai New Member

  4. Kuba26 non sum dignus

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    Also, I would be interested to learn which textbook you are going to use at school. If you ever find the time to share that info here, I would really appreciate that :) I'm always keen to broaden my horzion on that front.
  5. AoM Rosa Caerula

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  6. Leslie Turai New Member

    Ei Anthropos agatos

    I hope I said that right. Thanks!
  7. Kuba26 non sum dignus

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    As in εἶ άνθρωπος αγαστός?
  8. Leslie Turai New Member

    Yes. Sorry, I haven't been able to download the Greek input.
  9. Kuba26 non sum dignus

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    You could use this: http://www.typegreek.com/
    It has no diacritics though...
  10. Iáson Cívis Illústris

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    It does - type ()/\|= after the letters.

    However, an easier solution is just to add a Greek keyboard setting to your computer. Usually you don't have to download anything, it's just in settings under 'keyboard' or 'languages' or the like.
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  11. Kuba26 non sum dignus

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    You're right Iáson!:) http://www.typegreek.com/alphabet.key/

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