‘Trust me, there is no way around it. If you’re learning a biblical language you need to put in the time. Learning a language is more like developing a skill than it is gaining pieces of knowledge. Facts can be learned, but skills need to be honed, and you can only do that with time. So you might say to yourself, “How do I make time for Greek in my busy schedule?” Mornings! Easy right?’Dr. Darryl Burling, Founder of Master Biblical Languages
Below are the Five Steps shared by Dr. Darryl in his video below that anyone can implement right away in order to make time to learn Hebrew or Greek.
- Establish the right mindset.
- It takes time to develop the skills of learning the Biblical languages. Be consistent in using these.
- It is a privilege to learn the language. Be thankful for the opportunity to learn.
- Create the Time in your Schedule.
- Mornings are the best time to learn languages (Fewer interruptions, more control over the time).
- Adjust your bedtime. Set your alarm in 90 minutes block (end of the sleep cycle). Get up, freshen up, and get some water to get your brain running.
- Protect your time.
- Identify and Avoid distractions.
- Find ways how to mitigate those distractions.
- Develop Right Habits.
- Review Vocabulary and Parsing (Do this during your available time throughout the day, during breaks, or waiting in line, etc).
- Learn New Materials. Go through paradigms and do some translation exercises. (Do this during the block of time you set aside.
- Chain hard things to establish habits.
- Take habits you already established and consciously modify them to make room for learning the language.
- Read Greek instead of reading newspapers, etc.
Which of these are you going to implement to learn Hebrew or Greek?
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
ὅτι ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ δι’ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν τὰ πάντα· αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν. ~ ΠΡΟΣ ΡΟΜΑΙΟΥΣ 11:36