I love studying Ancient Greek by myself. I sit down, read up on grammar and do translation exercises over and over again until I feel like I learned something. However, sometimes this independent study setup can be daunting so I try to make it as fun as I can.
For instance, I have a lot of interesting mnemonic (from the AG, μνημονικός mnemonikos) devices for the alphabet.
Disclaimer: The boyfriend who is a dead languages expert does not approve of my learning methods, but he laughs every time he sees this list!
1.ω-> omega looks like a butt.
It does though!!!
2.The dative declension ending for masculine and neuter nouns is -ῷ aka butt with squiggly line OR butt with a tail.
3. Ancient Greek also has Ψ/ψ -> psī, which I call King Triton’s fork.
4. I fondly call phi (φ) lollipop.
5. My favorites though are ζ->zēta and ξ-> xī, which I like to call twirly line and super twirly line respectively. However, I can barely write it correctly so I end up making both letters extra twirly.
And these are just a few examples of the things I do to entertain myself while I learn (yet another) dead language. I’ll keep you posted on my progress which is terribly slow, but one day I’ll be able to read Plato (a girl can dream).
*All gifs are from giphy.