Learn to Read NT Greek
Ἰουδαῖος δέ τις Ἀπολλῶς ὀνόματι, Ἀλεξανδρεὺς τῷ γένει, ἀνὴρ λόγιος, κατήντησεν εἰς Ἔφεσον, δυνατὸς ὢν ἐν ταῖς γραφαῖς...*
To be able to read this sentence you need to be familiar with:
*A certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus, being powerful in the scriptures...
How the Process Works
The FluentGreek program is designed to teach you these skills quickly and efficiently so that you can begin reading sentences as soon as possible.
The first step is to learn the Greek alphabet, pronunciation, and sentence punctuation.
Having learned the letters, the next step is understanding the combinations of letters we call words. This involves two key areas: word meaning and parsing.
FluentGreek teaches word meaning in two ways. To get started, after signing up you can use the vocabulary flashcards. This will teach you the basic definitions of the most common words.
Flashcards are useful in the beginning, but are not a good long-term strategy. When you must learn thousands of words, as you must when aiming for fluency in any language, flashcard review becomes hopelessly inefficient, stretching to hours a day. Instead, the best way is to encounter new words in actual sentences and read those sentences frequently enough that the words stick in your memory. This is the recommended method after you’ve learned 50 words or so using the vocabulary flashcard tool.
The form of the word contributes to the meaning. For example, when reading the word "apples" you must not only know what an apple is but you must also know that the "s" at the end of the word indicates that there is more than one apple.
Learning to understand the form of the word is known as parsing. Visit Intro to Parsing to learn more.
Lastly, you must understand how the words work together to convey meaning, which is called grammar or syntax. First, review Overview of NT Greek Grammar to get a high-level overview of Koine Greek grammar. Then begin reading the recommended sections of your Greek Textbook for a deeper dive.