Athenaze Book 1 – Chapter 1A
Below is all of the vocabulary contained in this lesson. It includes all of the vocabulary words from the vocabulary list, most (if not all) of the vocabulary supplied for the story, and a few additional but logically relevant words. Click on words to hear them pronounced. Hover your cursor over them to see a gloss. There is a slight delay before the gloss appears. Review the vocabulary until you can say the gloss for each word before it can display.
ὁ ἄνθρωποςhuman, person
ὁ πόνοςlabor, work
ὁ σῖτοςgrain; food
οὐ, οὐκ, οὐχnot; no
πολλάκιςmany times, often
καίand; (adv., even, also, too)
Expressionsἐν ταῖς Ἀθήναιςin Athens
ἐν τοῖς ἀγροῖςin the country
ὦ ΖεῦO Zeus
Below is a video containing a discussion regarding the lesson caption, an introduction to the lesson vocabulary and a vocabulary review. Come back often to this video and use its side bar to jump right to the vocabulary review to work on your vocabulary. There is a vocabulary learning site that mentioned in the video. Please disregard that reference. I currently recommend ANKI for a vocabulary learning program.
Watch Vocabulary Lesson Video
The story is read at a normal deliberate pace. Of course, this will sound excessively fast if not unintelligible at first. Remember our goal is to internalize the language so you can read quickly with understanding the meaning in Greek, not having to translate the passage in order to understand it. At first, you will have to play, pause, and review one clause at a time. But once you know what the text is saying practice reading and listening to the recording and force yourself to not to translate it into English. Visualization and hand motions can help sometimes, but simple repetition is unavoidable. Keep reviewing until you can understand the passage as it is read without looking at the text. Once you learn how to learn this way your learning pace will increase. For now, be patient, work hard, and have fun.
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After you have translated the story and then have listened to it many times (This means starting, stopping, and reviewing each phrase until you can understand the entire story just by listening to it.), Watch this video containing discussion questions in Greek regarding the story. Work through the questions by starting and stopping the recordings until you can ask and answer questions on your own. Then the video contains a lecture on the grammar presented in the lesson.
Watch Grammar Lesson Video
You may be wondering about accents and the other marks over Greek words at this point. Understanding the Greek accent will be mysterious for only a few weeks. It is about as complicated as a double-play in baseball (which can be difficult to someone new to the game, but is easy once you get the hang of it.) I have four YouTube videos on accenting and have links to them all on the alphabet page. Don’t feel pressure to master accenting at the moment. You have enough to worry about. At this point, you just need to understand the material presented in my first accenting video, and primarily be able to recognize which marks are accent marks so you know which syllables to stress. The text (and I) will slowly explain them in the coming weeks. Of course, you are free to work ahead in this area if you want to by watching my other youtube videos on accenting.