Pre-seminary language help.

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Regi Addictissimus

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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,
Robert
 

Regi Addictissimus

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

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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greenbaggins

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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.
 

BayouHuguenot

Puritanboard Amanuensis
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.
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.
http://www.jlakes.org/ch/web/The-elements-of-style.pdf

https://www.amazon.com/English-Gram...id=1547493728&sr=8-12&keywords=miles+van+pelt
 

JimmyH

Puritan Board Senior
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. :(
 

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.
 

Regi Addictissimus

Completely sold out to the King
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.
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.
 

Regi Addictissimus

Completely sold out to the King
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.
http://www.jlakes.org/ch/web/The-elements-of-style.pdf

https://www.amazon.com/English-Gram...id=1547493728&sr=8-12&keywords=miles+van+pelt
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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