Understanding Language: A Guide for Beginning Students of Greek and Latin

Understanding Language: A Guide for Beginning Students of Greek and Latin

Donald Fairbairn

Why do scholars this day locate Greek and Latin so tricky and problematical to profit? probably the first barrier combating us from studying one other language effectively is that we regularly subconsciously think that English is the traditional for how languages needs to convey principles, and for this reason we unwittingly try and healthy the recent language into the constitution of English.

This publication seeks to wreck scholars out of "English mode" once attainable, on the very starting of analysis. instead of continuously touching on Greek and Latin to English, the e-book starts off with a big-picture dialogue of what any language needs to do to be able to facilitate communique. It then explains how Indo-European languages commonly accomplish the initiatives of conversation, and the way Greek and Latin particularly do so.

Understanding Language comprises significant sections at the noun and verb platforms of the classical languages. In either situations, the ebook bargains first with functionality (what nouns and verbs needs to do) after which explains how the sorts of Greek and Latin in achieving the wanted capabilities. therefore, the booklet is helping to make the not easy initiatives of memorizing kinds and studying syntax more straightforward and extra stress-free. scholars achieve a huge figuring out of ways the classical languages paintings sooner than they start the details.

This e-book provides scholars the various conceptual advantages of learning heavily comparable languages, whether they're learning just one of them. scholars shouldn't have to be learning either Latin and Greek (or even to understand the Greek alphabet) with the intention to benefit from this publication. academics might decide to have scholars learn the whole e-book first and foremost in their learn or to learn sections at a variety of issues within the first year.

About the Author:
Donald Fairbairn is the Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. he's the writer of lifestyles within the Trinity: An advent to Theology with the aid of the Church Fathers, Grace and Christology within the Early Church, and jap Orthodoxy via Western Eyes.

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