Any homeschoolers out there?
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I have a few Loeb editions which I hope they can oneday use for their translation work.
Language is actually one of the reasons I'd be so excited about homeschooling. The programs in the schools tend to be incredibly conversational, without much focus on the syntax. Great, if you happen to be one of those kids whose families jet-set off to San Tropez every year, but not so great, if you're from a little more modest family.
I was in high school French and German classes for years before we picked up a book. To this day, I can tell you in French, which classes I am taking at which portions of the day, and what my petit ami looks like. I know similar German. (Started reading poetry in my second year, but only as a government required "Alternative Assignment" as I objected to certain parts of the planned curriculum. Okay, so I couldn't stand one more video in English.)
On the other hand, I was in Classical Greek and Latin courses for a week before I was working on (select, but intact) sentences from Caesar, Cicero, and Xenophon. It's entirely a matter of approach.
Do you memorize sentences, or do you memorize syntax and grammar?
Okay, so maybe even the rich kids aren't being done any favors. The whole high school language process trades literacy for the joy of being able to ask--almost without thought--ou est la toilette? So I have trouble thinking it's a good bargain for anyone.
For Latin, I primarily use a text by Roger Pitcher of Sydney Grammar School.
For Classical Greek
I have lots to recommend, but will keep it short. My recommendations are restricted to Attic Greek.
The John Taylor series, Greek to GCSE and Greek Beyond GCSE are great and I am using these texts to teach my son Greek.
There is an excellent freely downloadable text called Greek Composition by North and Hillard, which has been the text for millions over the years. This is available on www.textkit.com
As far as grammars go, you cannot beat Greek Grammar by Smyth - you really can't! Nevertheless a small but accessible quick reference grammar I recommend is Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek.
Dictionaries. The Liddell and Scott intermediate is the one I have. At the moment I cannot afford the full version. It is very good nonetheless. The Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary is accessible and great value for money.
Like Greek, there is an excellent freely downloadable text called Latin Composition by North and Hillard.
Kennedy's Latin Primer is a good handy grammar. The most comprehensive is Gildersleeve's Grammar, but is not as accessible.
I like Keller's Learn to Read Latin and Wheelock's is okay too and is backed up with many web resources.
Elementary Latin Dictionary is a comprehensive choice for a dictionary but Cassell's Latin is a bilingual edition that has stood the test of time.
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