I have gone through some basic schooling at a modern yeshiva. For 10 years I haven't touched a Chumash, but would like to get back into it. I have started reading the Artscroll Chumash--reading the Hebrew and then looking at the English translation when I run across a word or phrase I don't know. I then note that word with its translation in a notepad. This method turns out to be excruciatingly slow and requires a lot of patience.
Is there a better method for getting up to speed with biblical Hebrew. I will also use this method for learning Aramaic.
My goal is to be able to open up any parsha and be able to understand the entire hebrew along with any mepharshim available.