By Donald Fairbairn
Why do scholars this day locate Greek and Latin so tricky and problematic to benefit? possibly the first barrier fighting us from studying one other language effectively is that we frequently subconsciously think that English is the normal for a way languages needs to convey principles, and accordingly we unwittingly try and healthy the recent language into the constitution of English.
This e-book seeks to wreck scholars out of "English mode" once attainable, on the very starting of analysis. instead of always touching on Greek and Latin to English, the booklet begins with a big-picture dialogue of what any language needs to do so as to facilitate communique. It then explains how Indo-European languages ordinarily accomplish the projects 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 instances, the publication offers first with functionality (what nouns and verbs needs to do) after which explains how the types of Greek and Latin in attaining the wanted capabilities. therefore, the publication is helping to make the difficult projects of memorizing types and studying syntax more uncomplicated and extra relaxing. scholars achieve a wide realizing of ways the classical languages paintings earlier than they start the details.
This ebook offers scholars a number of the conceptual advantages of learning heavily comparable languages, whether they're learning just one of them. scholars don't have to be learning either Latin and Greek (or even to understand the Greek alphabet) on the way to take advantage of this e-book. academics may perhaps decide to have scholars learn the complete publication first and foremost in their learn or to learn sections at quite a few 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.