Rafe, have you ever learned a foreign language before starting Greek?
No I have not
Hm - perhaps a different approach is needed, then. At my faculty, the first language new students take on is neither Ancient Greek nor Biblical Hebrew, but Latin. After they have learned Latin, only then may they proceed to learn Greek (and subsequently Hebrew). While Latin is not a Biblical original language per se (unless you count the Vulgate), it still might be a good idea to learn that first due to the following reasons:
1. You don't have to learn a new alphabet.
While learning a new alphabet shouldn't pose any real trouble, it still takes time getting used to a new script, so that's one less thing to worry about.
2. A huge part of the Latin vocabulary resembles many common nouns and verbs used in many modern Indo-European languages, making Latin very approachable even with no prior knowledge.
Greek has also contributed a lot to the vocabularies of many modern Indo-European languages, but I find that these words are to a somewhat lesser extent used in every day speech compared to Latin words.
3. Most of the Latin grammar you learn can easily be recycled for Greek.
..And pretty much every single language belonging to the Indo-European family, too. Even the ones that don't have cases.
4. Grammatical terms and paradigms themselves are almost always in Latin (or at least resemble Latin in English).
Understanding what these terms literally mean will also prevent you from being alienated e.g. when you see abbreviated latin terms in dictionaries and grammars for other languages.
5. The language of choice for any Biblical apparatus is Latin - all abbreviated, too.
Assuming that you wish to be able to read the critical editions of the Bible in Greek (and perhaps Hebrew some day), knowing Latin will make it a whole lot easier.
All in all, by learning Latin, you'll have a lot of basic linguistic tools at your disposal, making Greek a lot less difficult to learn. It will, however, still be quite a challenge sometimes. That is true for any language.
Best of luck to you!
Non scholae, sed vitae! (Not for school, but for life)
Edited by Pchris, 26 November 2014 - 07:37 PM.