The difficulty of studying foreign languages – especially those that exist in literature but are no longer spoken – is the necessity of ongoing study and review. One may feel entirely comfortable in a given language, but apart from continuous study, his familiarity wanes and comfort leaves. Thus, repeated review and study is necessary.
Seeking to assist those studying Greek for the first time as well as those reviewing post-seminary, Zacharias offers a helpful series of songs and videos to keep up with Greek. He spreads the songs across a variety of tempos and styles, and provides helps to remember the grammatical rules throughout each song.
However, it must be noted that the purpose of the songs is to help the listener drill the Greek paradigms, or charts. There is no help in knowing what the various terms, tenses, and voices mean. Thus, the student needs to know the meaning of aorist, and other such terms.
Also, it is important to understand that different professors teach Greek in different manners. Different Greek Grammars teach the paradigms in different manners as well. This series of videos works well as a stand-alone, but certainly would be better served to follow a particular grammar specifically. Though this would limit the width of the audience, it would guarantee uniformity of terms and paradigms.
Finally, one must be cautious when trying to be “fun,” and “silly.” Some videos appear very amateur, rather than professionally done. While this may serve as an attempt to keep things light, it could merely come across as unimpressive.
Though it is important to constantly review one’s paradigms in order to maintain a working knowledge of Greek, though this videos will work in a pinch, there are other helps that one can use with greater effectiveness.
H. Daniel Zacharias, The Singing Grammarian: Songs and Visual Presentations for Learning New Testament Greek Grammar
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