Pre-seminary language help.

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  1. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    Good afternoon. I am planning on starting seminary in the fall. I would like to get a head start in Greek and Hebrew. From what I repeatedly hear, this can be one of the most challenging parts of seminay.
    Can anyone help me get started on this journey? Ideally, I would love to find someone to tutor, encourage, and challenge me. I know that is a long stretch with how busy everyone is. Any help with the right materials would also be appreciated.

    Deo Volente,
  2. Hamalas

    Hamalas whippersnapper

    Are you a language guy? Do you have any background in either Greek or Hebrew?
  3. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    I want to be a language guy. Sadly, I do not have a history with the languages outside of my word studies in Scriptures.
  4. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

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  5. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    just start with the alphabet and go from there. Greek is super easy at first, then it becomes the stuff of nightmares. Hebrew is hard at first but levels out.
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  6. John Yap

    John Yap Puritan Board Freshman

    Find out if your seminary uses Mounce or..? Mounce has a different approach to Greek with regards to paradigms

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  7. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    Robert, before you dive into Greek and Hebrew, you need to make sure that your English grammar is rock solid. You won't understand anything of Greek and Hebrew grammar without knowing your English grammar. My advice? Study English grammar like crazy between now and when seminary starts. Trust me on this one: you will thank me later if you do this.
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  8. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    And not just that. Also in writing papers. Some seminary profs are kittens when it comes to grading papers. Others are Nazis.

    At the very least you must master the contents of Strunk and White. That is not good enough, though. You really need to make a semi-life long study of grammar.
  9. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    The Van Pelt book is good, but he doesn't give the answers to the exercises .... I found that frustrating. If I knew the answers I wouldn't need the book. :(
  10. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    I would affirm everything that has been said already - start with the alphabets and then work up from there with a solid foundation of English grammar.

    The thing about languages is constantly using them. The biggest lament of most of us post graduates is not using the languages regularly if we don't have a need. The information fades quickly.

    So coming back around to your initial question - whatever prework you decide to do in languages I would say do it consistently. For memorization, 10 min. a day is better than an hour once every couple weeks (at least it is for me - you might be blessed with a photographic memory). It's a marathon rather than a sprint.
  11. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    Thank you for the advice. You aren't the first one to stress the importance of English before seminary. I believe you are right. I am going to nail down my English grammar. I will try to find some free online resources outside of the books I have. Thanks, brother.
  12. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    Thanks for your response. I have Elements of Style. I need to revisit it. I am also reading a book on rhetoric. Kibbe's book, From Topic to Thesis is on my list.
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