In one of the seminary classes, the professor was lecturing on the benefits of knowing Greek and Hebrew in order to correctly process the language of the Bible. I am inclined to agree, as were the other students who had studied Greek or Hebrew. The professor continued noting that most students stop using Greek and Hebrew as soon as they finish their classes and it is mostly forgotten within a year. Life pressures then kick in, and the reality is that most seminary graduates lose all use of the language shortly after graduating.
I have been attempting a different track. Since ending the last semester of Hebrew, I have been listening to Hebrew on my commute. Separately, I just completed lesson 30 of the spoken Modern Greek lessons from Pimsleur. Since I work through the 30 minute lessons at least twice, this has resulted in more than 40 hours of work on Greek concentrating on pronunciation and conversation over the last two months. The goal is to continue the dual language study up until May 2014. At this point, the other classes will finish and I can formally start the Biblical Greek classes. Rather than starting Greek from scratch, however, I should be able to have a simple conversation by then What would really make me happy, however, is a temporary company shutdown to get some more time.