Introductory Immersion Classes last for approximately 13 weeks. The textbook is 15 lessons, and by using the DVD’s side-by-side with the textbook, a student can move forward rather quickly to learn translation skills
The follow0-up Translation Classes are held once-per month (see Basic Info Page) in several locations around Indianapolis. The class usually translates about 15-20 verses per month to keep Greek skills alive.
Do I need a college level education to learn New Testament Greek?
No, not at all. Many students have learned to go deeper in their Biblical study of Greek without much more than a high school education. The textbook has worked with all different educational levels. Not having ever had a language will not disqualify you either. Since you know English, much of which is based on a Greek/Latin system, you can also learn this language.
What will I be able to do when I finish the class?
By the end of the class you will know all the basic grammatical rules in order to be able to translate the Greek New Testament. Using different tools – lexicons, commentaries, grammars – you can begin to build a deeper understanding of the text. Monthly translation classes are held in order for you to continue developing your translation and exegetical skills. The Bible will become ALIVE for you like never before! If at some point in your education you wish to earn credit for the Greek you have learned, you should be able to pass any competency exam offered by a seminary or college for an introductory Greek class. This class will be equivalent to a full year course at a college or seminary, but those classes meet 3 or 4 times per week! It is equivalent to about 6 college or 8 seminary credit hours.
When does each class meet?
Intro classes meet one day per week for 13 weeks. Translation classes meet once per month. Both Introductory and Translation Classes will last from 11/2 hours to 2 hours in length.
How much memorization will I have to do?
There will be memory work if you are to make good progress. However, in simplifying the language, you will memorize some forms that will enable you to succeed later on with less effort. For example, some Greek verb endings will be used in 4 or 5 different places. Once the basics are memorized, you will not have to memorize again, just apply and recognize. The emphasis is on “recognizing concepts” not necessarily in “memorizing all the forms.” A good number of “mnemonic devices” will help the memorization process. The most important memory work is learning vocabulary.
How much homework is there?
Each of the 15 lessons has a “Review and Consolidation” section for you to work on at home. This generally consists of application of what you have just learned by translating sentences from Greek to English. It would be helpful to do these exercises when preparing for the next class. However, if due to time constraints you do not get the homework done, we will go over it in class and you will not fall behind. For every lesson learned, you should expect to spend 1 to 2 hours outside of class reviewing the material learned in the lesson.
What is the secret to success in learning this language?
Staying ahead and not falling behind!! Each lesson builds on the one prior. This is especially vital in learning the first 4 lessons. If you have the first 4 lessons mastered, you will do very well in the next 11. One last thing – know your vocabulary words!! Most students struggle with the lessons and the homework because they do not spend enough time learning the meanings of the words. Plus, if you really want to do serious translation and exegesis, the more vocabulary you know, the greater benefit you will derive.
What if I miss a class?
Rev. Albrecht reviews the previous lesson before moving to a new one. PLUS, with a DVD already in hand for that lesson, you need not actually “miss” a personal lecture.
Will we translate the New Testament in class?
Yes, by the time we are done you will have worked through the translation of portions of the Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John. Plus, many of the exercises are taken right out of scripture.
Can I give my contribution for the class over time?
Yes. Your contribution to The Journey Church may be made over the early weeks of the class.
Besides the contribution to the church, what are other costs involved?
A Greek New Testament will cost $35. The textbook, “Learning to Read New Testament Greek,” is $35. The DVD set is $80. Costs for these are payable on the first day of class to Rev. Albrecht.
What will be the most difficult thing for me in learning Greek?
Undoubtedly learning the alphabet early on is a frustration for many students. The Greek alphabet is the Cyrillic alphabet and, although some of the characters are the same as the English alphabet, some of the letters do not have the same sounds as the same letter in English. By the second month usually students are becoming comfortable and by the end of the class you will be amazed how you have adapted to this new alphabetical system. One other thing – you will learn quickly how good you mastered English grammar in 8th Grade. The better your English skills, the easier Greek will be for you.
What will be the easiest thing for me learning Greek?
You already have a huge Greek vocabulary which is dressed up in English letters. You will recognize the meanings of many Greek words very quickly because of their relationship to English words.
How much baklava can a person legitimately eat at one sitting?
One piece is usually enough for most, but, if you have a real sweet tooth, you might make it through two.