In the last post, I mentioned how one can know for sure if they or anyone else actually has acquired a modern Language. I then received a few questions from my subscribers about Biblical languages. The majority to the effect of: “What then of the so-called dead languages like classical languages, and Biblical languages? How does one ascertain that one has attained fluency in a Biblical language?”
The answer is easy. Since the main purpose of learning a classic or biblical language is to be able to read them, then can you read them? In other words…
If you can leisurely read and comprehend texts in your (dead, classical, or Biblical) language of choice without constantly needing to consult a lexicon or parse words you then know that you have acquired the language. Another good sign of acquisition is if you can figure out the meaning of unknown words from context much as you can in your native tongue then you know that you are competent.
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