TIP: How to make a Word List from a Concordance result

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Mar 23 2018 6:13 PM

This has aIready been shared with the Flashcards group on Faithlife.com, but maybe it is of general interest. 

Some may have seen Mark Ward's blog post about good and bad goals when learning Greek (https://blog.logos.com/2018/03/good-bad-goals-studying-new-testament-greek ). One of the good goals he talks about is learning those words that come up 100 times or more in the GNT.

He describes how to go about that in the comments section of his blog, so I don't claim originality for what I describe here. And you should read his blog post and the previous one to understand why you'd want to do that.   

Anyway, those words that are used 100+ times can easily be identified using the Concordance function in Logos, it's 173 lemmas.

But of course, identifying those words is the easy stuff, actually learning that vocabulary is the point where Word Lists come into play (printing them on index cards or using the Flashcards app for mobile devices or whatever suits you). The Word List needs to be built from a list of vocabulary.

Running Concordance for lemma in all passages against NA28 will produce this list (and obviously one can use a different GNT, a different threshold and focus on a smaller text one is studying etc.) Unfortunately there is no "save as Wordlist" button in the concordance. But the Concordance results may be exported to Excel (actually an .xml file) from the Print/Export dialog...

...resulting in this:

Probably any other spreadsheet program will work the same, if someone doesn't own Excel. We will only need to open the .xml file in a table and copy the first column to the clipboard (if you leave in the header "Lemma" from the first row, you'll have to delete a redundant entry in the Word List later). 

Back in Logos we create a new Word List document from the Documents menu. Then we can use the Add words from: ....clipboard function to paste the column in.

Logos will automatically add glosses and audio links.

For those too eager to start their Greek vocab drill to actually run through all the hoops building the Word List (or who don't have access to Concordance), I provided the Word list containing those 173 lemmas in the group's documents section: https://documents.logos.com//documents/4c135c6814cc42449e9dede3142dc94b 


An alternative way to populate Word Lists fro the Concordance without going through Print/Export is to right-click on the Concordance result lemma. The context menu then will allow to add this one lemma to a recent Word List. and will open the respective lemma line in the Word List in edit mode. This becomes a bit old when doing 173 times, but may come handy in smaller populations, especially if you want to edit in the count numbers or any other of the Word List fields.

Imagine you want to build a list of the most used Greek words in the famous chapter John 1:1-18 - and for the moment you are interested in Nouns and Verbs only. Concordance can easily identify those for you:

  Now right-clicking the bold blue lemma gives the context menu:

and adding the lemma to the Word List, one can edit the section info (e.g. with the part of speech info, and later on drill only nouns or only verbs in Flashcards) and also the frequency count:

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Joshua Tan | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 23 2018 10:05 PM

Thanks for posting this guide; it's really helpful.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 24 2018 5:52 AM

Joshua Tan:

Thanks for posting this guide; it's really helpful.

You're very welcome.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 24 2018 12:06 PM

I just see, Mark made a video to show this: http://d.pr/0JOFIp+ 

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