Learning Ancient Greek – in Belfast and Adelaide

February 20, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

In pre-Covid days I idly browsed the magnificent sites for ancient language holiday courses at ivy-dressed, stone-built universities intending – one day – to enrol in a fortnight of glamorous intellectual slavery at Cornell or Oxford.   I would work as hard as Dicaeopolis, slaving over my participles into the night, my Liddell and Scott illuminated by candles for some reason.  I’d return to my usual term-time classes at the WEA in February, all shiny and brilliant from my overseas deep dive. One day…one day…And then of course, someone ate a bat.  So overseas or even interstate intensives (there are some…

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5 Reasons to Learn Ancient Greek – New Beginners’ Class!

June 18, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | HISTORY |

As TVC devotees know, I am in my fifth year of Ancient (or, more properly, Classical) Greek at the WEA with Dr Alessandro Boria.  Now, for the first time we will have a beginners’ class as well as the more advanced class.  Here are 5 good reasons why you should sign up today to the new class:- Here are the first two reasons, which it is compulsory for us to recite – Learning a language develops and hones the brain – the older the language, the more ancient its roots in human thought and the better for the grey matter; You would…

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Classical Greek at the WEA in 2017.

January 24, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, HISTORY, LIFE |

Image courtesy of The Australian.

Hard to believe that we ten will be entering our fourth year of Greek with Dr Boria at the Adelaide WEA.  I still haven’t got a hold of those progressive active participles.  We love our lessons.  Our books – Athenaze 1 textbook and workbook (yes, we are only now completing book one) – are tattered to various degrees – mine is the worst of all.  Perhaps we will start on Athenaze 2 this year? (The Athenaze books are available at Dymocks in the city, or online).  More εταιροι και εταιραι* would be welcome ….so please join us! No-one is made to feel stupid for their…

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Classical Greek at the WEA

February 18, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, HISTORY |

A Greek manuscript accidentally "aged" with WEA hot chocolate.

I have  attended many WEA courses over the years – languages, silk painting, photoshopping, website wrangling, grasshopper breeding.  At present I am  trying to be a good girl and diligently do my homework during the hiatus between the WEA year long courses in Ancient Greek I and Ancient Greek II.  But Great Zeus!  drilling oneself in Middle Voice Progressive Participles is  boring, and as for  Thematic Second Aorist Active Imperatives!!  I can’t wait for the term to start in late February.  Our teacher, Dr Alessandro Boria from Rome is a polyglot of great patience and good cheer. The dozen or so stalwarts who completed…

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