Learning Greek Vocabulary

When you’re trying to learn a new word, here’s a tip.

Put it in a sentence.

If you’ve gone through a year of grammar, you could probably do it. You’re taught about 300 words. Put those words to good use when you’re learning new ones. You’ll develop a better hold on the ones you know and you’ll begin to  internalize the meaning of your new vocabulary at the same time.

When you first start, its difficult and you might have to look up words, but as you keep doing it, its gets easier and easier.

Over time, try to use the new words in multiple sentences.

With verbs, its good to trying it with different conjugations – try an present imperfective and try a past perfective, or perhaps change the person and number agreement. But as you change the verb’s morphology, keep the sentence itself the same. Just practice.

With nouns, try to put the word as the subject, object and then in a prepositional phrase. Again keep the sentences as similar as you can.

Finally, once you’ve got the hang of it, bring BDAG or Louw & Nida into the mix, try to use words in sentences along the lines of the difference means described by the lexica.

Go on; give it a try.

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  1. i think this could work fairly well with those trying to go from the 50+ vocab to a 25+ vocab (perhaps in 2nd or 3rd semester studies).

  2. This is, of course, one of the main exercises employed by (better) teachers of kids learning English vocabulary items: “Prove that you understand it by using it properly in a senence.” This is really good exercise and should overcome some of the tendency to associate a Greek word with a single-word gloss. Even more useful might be endeavoring to use the word in more than one sentence, illustrating the different contexts that lexica indicate as proper for the word in quetion.

    1. Its actually where I got the idea. I was remembering an English teacher I had in 10th grade, who would try to use a new word three times throughout a day in order to get it into his head.

  3. Whoa! Killer idea, though I’m not sure I’m up to the challenge… I will give it a shot, though. And nice blog theme. 😉

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