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This Product Contains The Following Items
|Greek Alphabet Song - MP4|
|1st Declension Song - MP4|
|2nd Declension Song - MP4|
|3rd Declension Song - MP4|
|The Article Song - MP4|
|Present Active Indicative Song - MP4|
|Present Middle and Passive Song - MP4|
|Future Active and Middle Song - MP4|
|Secondary Endings-Imperfect Tense Song - MP4|
|Aorist Active and Middle Song - MP4|
|Liquid Verbs Song - MP4|
|Passives Song - MP4|
|(Plu)Perfect Song - MP4|
|Subjunctive Song - MP4|
|Imperative Song - MP4|
|Infinitives Song - MP4|
|Participles Song - MP4|
|MI Verbs Song - MP4|
|Format: Video Download|
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2013
|Availability: In Stock|
Series: Singing Grammarian Video
Stacey3 Stars Out Of 5Helps for Students of GreekMay 30, 2013StaceyQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to H. Daniel Zacharias and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Singing Grammarian" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
"The Singing Grammarian" by H. Daniel Zacharias is a nifty set of videos that teach songs designed to help Greek students learn grammatical rules and exceptions to those rules. The songs are catchy and will be meaningful to students of the Greek language. Since I am not such a student, I cannot tell you if these songs teach the basics of Greek grammar or if their subject matter is more advanced. But as a layman who has never taken a Greek class, I can tell you that my Biblical word studies have led me to be familiar with some of the terminology (like Aorist Active) even though I don't know what the terms mean. Also, I have studied other languages, so I am familiar with the concepts of articles, participles, infinitives and imperatives.
The documentation included with the 18 QuickTime videos is minimal. I didn't see any real benefit of having the documentation. The 18 songs are a few minutes each, but if you are unfamiliar with the grammatical rules they are teaching, the lyrics won't make much sense.
I was planning to use these videos to learn the Greek alphabet and a bit of Greek grammar to use in conjunction with my Bible study tools in an attempt to deepen my understanding of Scripture. But I don't believe this will be a useful tool for someone who hasn't already had some training in the Greek language.
ChakritaWolfville, NSAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Make me love Greek even more!May 18, 2013ChakritaWolfville, NSAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Greek is one of the very complex languages to learn. A lot of grammatical rules have to be memorized. We are not only have to memorize those rules, but also we have to be able to know and understand the basic principles then apply those principles in many different cases (such as principles in different tenses or moods). If ones do not know the tips and tricks about how to learn Greek, surely it will be something that makes people who have to learn Greek in their seminaries or theological colleges become frustrated! I am so glad that when I learned Basic Greek, my professor used the Singing Grammarian in our classes, and it made the learning process become so fun and easy. It helped me to "overcome" Greek and provided a creative way in doing it. I am sure that the Singing Grammarian can take away the fear of studying Greek and make everyone love the language!
I highly recommend students who want to learn Greek and also professor who teaches Greek to buy and use Singing Grammarian. It is a valuable tool in both learning and teaching Greek!
Elkanah ShekariDalhousie Ave, Kentville NSAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Review of D. Zachariasâ€™ The Singing GrammarianMay 8, 2013Elkanah ShekariDalhousie Ave, Kentville NSAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As an international student with a non-English language background, learning the NT Greek language can be very difficult and discouraging because Greek is usually taught through the window of the English language. Then comes Danny Zacharias, a teacher whose heart reaches out to students through employing creative and variety of learning styles in order to achieve the goal of learning Greek. The Singing Grammarian is his effort to reach out to all the students of NT Greek. It consists of 18 songs on the Greek alphabets, nouns and verb endings. Anyone who has taken Greek knows that learning the language depends largely on correctly memorizing those endings and what they do, because they are the prolegomena of the Greek language. This is where to begin this interesting Greek journey; but if not then where else?
I have found no better way of learning a difficult and challenging language and do it very well than with fun; this is exactly what this Greek resource does. It interests and entertains its users to memorize all those Greek declensions and conjugations with ease. The rhythms are splendid and once you memorized the Greek alphabets, nouns and verb endings, they become part of you.
So why should anyone use Danny's The Singing Grammarian? Firstly, there is fun and entertainment in learning a truly difficult language so that one learns with ease; for there is no dull moment with The Singing Grammarian. Secondly, do the math, it is very inexpensive for 18 $ which means a dollar for each even though that may mean sacrificing a lunch or even less; however it is worth sacrificing every dollar. Thirdly, the Greek resource can be a lifelong faithful companion because once the songs and rhythms stick, so will the alphabets, declensions and conjugations. Lastly, even Greek students without English language background will definitely find great help, encouragement and have fun learning the language using the tool.Then why would anyone not use The Singing Grammarian? Because He/she will find himself/herself replaying many of the songs; thereby spending more time listening to the tool. This, however, is advantageous because the more the replay the more the fun and, importantly in that process, they stick to the memory.
I pray that The Singing Grammarian bring many good things about NT Greek into your lives as it did mine.
jenrowsellMoncton, NBAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Saved me in seminary!May 3, 2013jenrowsellMoncton, NBAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am terrible at learning languages. It was a struggle in my undergrad. So I PANICKED when I found out I needed to do a year of Greek for my MDiv. Enter the Singing Grammarian! I love music, and because of these videos, I had visual and audio cues I could remember to help me learn all the endings (even exceptions). Great for our tests, and when we started reading Greek from the NT I could tell which form a word was in because of all these songs. It's been 2 years and I can still sing them all! GREAT learning resource particularly for people who can't sit and make a sheet of paper with facts go into their brain. Now, you can sing! :)
Rev Mark StevensAdelaide, AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A new way to learn an old language!April 24, 2013Rev Mark StevensAdelaide, AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I struggled to learn Hebrew and Greek. I did okay and I know enough to use Logos Bible Software but memorising endings and the meaning of different elements of the language is a struggle, with one exception. I have never forgotten my present and imperfect indicative verb endings: Ï‰, ÎµÎ¹Ï‚, ÎµÎ¹, Î¿Î¼ÎµÎ½, ÎµÏ„Îµ, Î¿Ï…ÏƒÎ¹ and Î±Î¿Î½, Î±ÎµÏ‚ Î±Îµ, Î¿Î¼ÎµÎ½, Î¬ÎµÏ„Îµ, Î±Î¿Î½. The reason is simple. When it came time to learn these endings my teacher took us outside and we walked around the garden chanting the endings. In doing this we established a rhythm. Something about it stuck. Having one of my kids at school now I see the same method employed to help her remember everything from grammatical principles, days of the week and school rules. I am amazed it has taken a Greek scholar this long to catch on but H. Daniel Zacharias has done this with "The Singing Grammarian!"
The collection of videos is a mixture of Greek "rules" sung to well-known nursery rhymes, rap songs and even a few love songs (and hey who doesn't love Greek!). The aim of the music and lyrics is to provide a musical rhythm to aide memorisation. Danny has done a great job in writing and producing these videos. Some of the lyrics are forced at times but the humour throughout makes up for any forced lyrics! Along with the music Danny has used cartoons and charts. In the 3rd declension song the lyrics are sung to B.I.N.G.O and the cartoon is of a classroom and a garage band. The artwork is great, I'm not sure who did it but it is well done. One last thing, each of the videos is about one and a half to two minutes long so the songs are watched quickly and remembered easily!
If you are anything like me and you need all the help you can to learn Greek then I would highly recommend this product. If you are a student I'd snap this up as it will help you learn and memorise for all of those pesky pop quizzes you Greek professor gives! Finally, if you're a pastor and you want to brush up on your Greek why not invest in this great resource. If you are a nerdy pastor like me you can put it on in the car and teach your kids. They may not thank you now but they will one day!
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Submitted: March 23, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a lecturer in biblical studies at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada.
What was your motivation behind this project? I remembered how difficult it was to learn Greek in Bible College and wanted to make something for my students to help them in the learning process. I know from my own life the massive amount of lyrics I have memorized - there is something about music that makes us able to remember. I wanted to tap into that power.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First and foremost I hope it helps students taking Biblical Greek. It is worth the effort to learn the biblical languages, and hopefully this product will help you in the memorization process. And hopefully it will put a smile on your face too!
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It was my very first class of students who I made these for, and I was so blessed with their encouragement to keep on improving the songs and publish them. I've been equally thrilled with the continual positive feedback I receive from users.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have other resources I hope students find helpful at my NTGreekResources website. Please also Like the website on Facebook, and tell me about your experience with the Singing Grammarian!