One of the great things about having taken Greek and Latin is that they are languages that teach one to look for the verb in a sentence and worry more about case than word order. This provides a significant advantage learning German, which I will need not only to pass my translation exam for graduate school but also to read probably significant amounts of Plato scholarship.
My reading in German is progressing fairly rapidly-- although we have to learn about 200 vocabulary words per week which is proving to be an insane task. I am certainly glad that I took this class. However, I wonder if my approach to translating will hinder my efforts in learning to speak German someday.