I must also mention my marvelous Greek teachers who first planted the seed of love for this language and nurtured it to growth.

What does that exactly mean? Does it mean that they cared for it until it reached a certain development stage where it continued to grow but on its own and the teachers' help was no longer necessary?

  • I think your idea sounds about right. – Damkerng T. Jun 13 '14 at 1:01
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Your guess is pretty much accurate; I'd just like to add that nurture and grow are two words often linked together in English. When I hear those two words together, the first thing I typically think of is young plants, and the second thing is young children.

The language in your quote is a bit metaphorical, of course. There is no physical "seed" for the love of language; however, once the author used the word "seed" metaphorically, it's only natural that the metaphor would be continued with nurture and growth. In the context of plants, nurture often means water, fertilize, and prune as needed. In the context of instruction, nurture means teach, guide, and stimulate interest. Also, because the seed is for the love of the language, growth would refer to a growth in both knowledge and passion.

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