Score: 6/10

pros: proposes Greek vocabulary lists full of words that form the basis of common English terms; actually spends time teaching the basics of the Greek behind the words; includes Ancient Greek alphabet (including accents & breathings) & transliterations of every term; considers first, second & third declension nouns, adjectives, prefixes & verbs; contains vocabulary exercises

cons: spends much more time with Latin than Greek, meaning you won’t end up with as much feel for structure, pronunciation & shape of Greek words here; if Greek is entirely new to you, this requires a lot of vocab memorization; if Ancient Greek isn’t new to you, much of this is review, apart from perhaps some new words to learn

Richard M. Krill’s Greek & Latin in English Today helps English speakers identify the classical roots that support many of the words in our language. He does this with hands-on training in the basics of word formation in the two languages. While the Latin section is similar to the Ancient Greek, I’ll focus on the Greek vocabulary (the first third of the book), since that section is relevant to this website.

The introduction gives an informative overview of the Indo-European language family (which includes Greek, Latin & English), explains borrowings, cognates & word relationships. It even prompts you to begin to understand how to use a dictionary to identify etymologies.

The Greek section presents the alphabet alongside the Semitic characters it evolved from, and explains pronunciation. It ties in the shape of Ancient Greek words to transliteration, while not shying away from tougher points like accents, diphthongs and the h-sound. After this, the rest of the section explains Ancient Greek word forms clearly with numerous examples organized by grammar topic – first, second, third declension nouns, adjectives, colors & numbers, prefixes, verbs and plural forms. All explanations are accompanied by vocabulary lists and exercises. Vocabularies list Ancient Greek words in Greek and transliteration next to the English translation and a sample English word containing that Greek root. A general Ancient Greek vocabulary index on page 71 also allows you to look up words in Greek and reference then in the text.

Greek and Latin in English Today doesn’t teach anything specific about Ancient Greek grammar, sentence structure or language use, but it’s an easy recommendation if you’d like to understand Classical Greek vocabulary through words already found in English.