Learn Greek in Year
Who is it for?
The contest is for those who don’t even know the Greek alphabet.
Is there a fee to compete?
The course is free. However, some of the apps, e-books, etc., may have small costs associated with them. Such as Scribd.com ‘s $8.99/mo cost. (Unnecessary until Greek 101.)
What is the contest?
The goal of the contest is to achieve fluency in the Greek language. So first we need to define “fluency”. By the end of the contest you will be able to read, write, and speak Modern Greek. At this site, the main chart reproduced below, gives an idea of Beginner to Native Speaker:
- Functional beginner: 250-500 words. After just a week or so of learning, you’ll already have most of the tools to start having basic, everyday conversations. In most of the world’s languages, 500 words will be more than enough to get you through any tourist situations and everyday introductions.
- Conversational: 1,000-3,000 words. With around 1,000 words in most languages, you’ll be able to ask people how they’re doing, tell them about your day and navigate everyday life situations like shopping and public transit.
- Advanced: 4,000-10,000 words. As you grow past the 3,000 word mark or so in most languages, you’re moving beyond the words that make up everyday conversation and into specialized vocabulary for talking about your professional field, news and current events, opinions and more complex, abstract verbal feats. At this point, you should be able to reach C2 level in the Common European Framework for Reference (CEFR) in most languages.
- Fluent: 10,000+ words. At around 10,000 words in many languages, you’ve reached a near-native level of vocabulary, with the requisite words for talking about nearly any topic in detail. Furthermore, you recognize enough words in every utterance that you usually understand the unfamiliar ones from context.
- Native: 10,000-30,000+ words. Total word counts vary widely between world languages, making it difficult to say how many words native speakers know in general. As we discussed above, estimates of how many words are known by the average native English speaker vary from 10,000 to 65,000+.
According to Strong’s there are 5524 root words in the Greek New Testament. For our goals fluency in a year is the ability to read the New Testament with minimal recourse to a dictionary and to lay the foundation for you to achieve Fluent according to the chart above.
What Can You Win?
Top 15: The Top 20 prize & the Westminster Reference Bible from the Trinitarian Bible Society
Grand Prize: All the sweetness above plus:
- The Inspiration of Scripture by Richard Preus
- Has the Bible Been Kept Pure by Garnet Milne
- Disputations on Holy Scripture by William Whitaker
- Volume 16 on the Bible of John Owen’s Works
- The Ecclesiastical Text by Dr. Theodore Letis
- Text & Time by Dr. Edward Freer Hills
- The Revisions Revised, The Last Twelve Verses of Mark, The Traditional Text, & The Causes of Corruption
- Unannounced bonus prize