My regular teaching responsibilities almost always include first-year Greek, and the Achilles heel of most all first-year students is learning vocabulary. A student recently sent me a link to a new app for learning vocabulary in the Mounce Basics of Biblical Greek text, which is the one we use here at DTS. The app is produced by LearnLift, available in iTunes, and guides the students through the 300+ words that they need to learn in the first two semesters of biblical Greek. From what I can tell LearnLift makes the software engine, and others have organized the vocabulary data. They have another app for David Alan Black's basic grammar Learn to Read New Testament Greek, as well as other apps for learning various academic subjects. I'd like to offer a few off-the-cuff thoughts on the value of this particular program. (I have not obtained a copy, so I'm simply going off what I see in iTunes.) The price impresses me as a little too high for what this app does. $10.99 is a lot to spend on a vocab app. Perhaps I'm a little old school, but a method which worked well for me was making my own vocab cards. (Post coming on that tomorrow.) The app does appear to have good polish and organization. You can filter the words you are studying by chapter, and it appears that you can mark words as learned so they stop coming up in the rotation. The screenshots show the program using Bible verses to help recall: When you are learning the word, the Bible verse shows the Greek word at the appropriate point in the English sentence. That's a nice contextual touch that could help some students a fair bit.
If any of you have used the app and can offer some comments on it, please do so. And there may be some extra credit if any of my students can give me a personal demonstration of the program . . .