I have this love / hate relationship with Greek. I feel continually drawn back to it, struggling to memorise its various formats. I have mentioned before, how some years ago I suffered some amnesia through viral encephalitis, which wiped out a lot of my working knowledge of grammar.
It’s also caused difficulties in my remembering facts and figures – such as dates, times, lists etc – and so I have tried flash cards and writing lists over and over again, but have really struggled in remembering the various structures of Greek. yet I have no problems in understanding concepts. This week I remembered a technique I learnt when I was involved as a salesman in 95/96 and used it successfully to train other sales people during that time.
It’s to take a sentence and reduce it to the first letter of each word from that sentence. Therefore the previous sentence would be reduced to – i t t a s a r i t t f l o e w f t s and we would practice memorising the sentence through reading the redacted sentence.
This week I discarded all of my previous flash cards and have started to rewrite them. And for the cards relating to grammar, I have written at the bottom of each card the redacted sentence. One of the basics I have struggled with is in regards to remembering what the Nominative and Accusative case endings means.. and so for those two cards I wrote…
- A Nominative noun is the subject of the verb and the subject uses nominative case endings. A n n i t s o t v & t s u n c e
- A Accusative noun is the object of the verb and the object uses accusative case endings. A a n i t o o t v & t o u a c e
- A n n i t s o t v & t s u n c e
- A a n i t o o t v & t o u a c e