Athenaze Book 1 – Chapter 2α

Chapter Instructional Videos & Audio Recordings


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. Review the vocabulary until you can say the gloss for each word without help.


πάρεστι he is present
ἐκβαίνει(ν) he/she/it steps out
ἐλαύνει he/she/it drives
καθεύδει he/she/it sleeps
σπεύδει he/she/it hurries
συλλαμβάνει he/she/it helps


τό ἄροτρον plow, person
ὁ δεσπότηςmaster
ὁ δοῦλοςservant


αὐτό it


ἀργός not working, idle, lazy


βραδέως slowly
δεῦρο here, hither
μή not; don’t …!
οὔτω(ς) so, thus
τί; why?; what?


εἰ μή unless; except
μέν . . . δέ on the one hand … and on the other hand; on the …


ἐκ τοῦ οἴκου out of the house
ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ in the house
μὴ . . . ἴσθι Don’t be!

διὰ τί; why? (lit., because of what)

Proper Names

ὁ Ξανθίας Xanthias

Chapter Instructional Videos & Audio Recordings

Caption and Vocabulary Discussion

If your book hasn’t arrived yet, you can view a scan of my text. Please disregard my Latin notes.

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 sidebar to jump right to the vocabulary review to work on your vocabulary.

Watch Vocabulary Lesson Video

Listen to the Chapter Story

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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Chapter Lecture

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

Grammar point 2 on page 14 explains proclitics. I highly recommend that you watch my video on accenting with proclitics and enclitics at this point.

Add flash cards with this lesson tag to your review set on Anki

In the Study Options window of Anki click “change” next to Selective Study, then click the top checkbox to “show only cards with any of these tags”. Then make sure that 1α, 1β and 2α are selected to be available in your study. You should do this for each lesson as we work through them. Now just don’t forget to perform Anki reviews as frequently as possible every day. You may just want to limit the vocabulary to the current chapter when you are first learning it. However, make sure you spend time reviewing with all previous chapters selected so Anki can perform its magic to quiz you over the cards that you need to see most.