In each of the lessons dealing with the middle and passive voices, I have taken the opportunity to introduce a little more detail needed for a clear understanding of the functions of these voice categories. In lesson 22 I have included an unusually long discussion of transitivity as it relates to the passive voice.
While I think understanding transitivity is crucial for correctly understanding Greek voice, I’m unsure about how helpful my discussion of it is for beginning students. I would love to hear candid remarks on how helpful this discussion is or how obscure, confusing, or problematic you consider it to be.
I have thick skin. I can take criticism. I want the grammar to be useful to as many students as possible, so I don’t mind hearing recommendations for change!
I have updated the course lexicon (cumulative vocabulary list) for my online grammar. It is now current through lesson 22.
I’ve uploaded a “Jeopardy” type flash game to practice recognizing the present and aorist forms of five very common irregular Greek verbs: ἔρχομαι, ὁράω, φέρω, λέγω, and ἐσθίω. Give it a try, and let me know what you think. I may add it to the table of contents for the online grammar if it seems useful. It’s designed for use in the classroom, but it could be used by individuals at home as well.
Irregular Verb Jeopardy
Update (3/16/2011 9:06 pm)
There were some problems with the Flash version of the game, and I was unable to repair it, so I’ve replaced it with a QuickTime version. It performs the same as before, but takes up way more space on my server!
Lesson 22: The Present Middle and Passive is now up and running. It has exercises for recognizing both Ω conjugation and ΜΙ conjugation verbs as well as several vocabulary exercises.
I have added six short exercises to lesson 21: More on the Aorist Middle and Passive. The exercises provide practice recognizing the aorist middle/passive forms of the following six verbs:
If you learn the aorist middle/passive forms of these six verbs you will be able to recognize the aorist middle and passive forms of all verbs in the New Testament.