Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Singing Grammarian by H. Daniel Zacharias

First 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 Garmmarian" 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.

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