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Lesson (Assimil): 24 / 101

Just one nighttime session this week, mainly to review vocabulary from last week. I also discovered that there is a class in Egyptian hieroglyphics in the same building as my department next Fall, which is so very tempting. I’m really thinking of auditing this class if the tutor gives me the green light and I can fit it into my schedule.

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Lesson (Assimil): 23 / 101

I caught a heavy cold this week, and had to tackle lots of other projects through towers of tissues and regular steam inhalations, so I just fell fast asleep at the end of each day out of exhaustion. I recall leafing through the appendices in my Assimil book once or twice whilst chatting about Egyptian gods and discussing how they link to other Canaanite and Mesopotamian deities, but that was about it. Never mind, I’ll keep my book faithfully by the bedside in the hopes of delving more into middle eastern antiquity next week.

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Lesson (Assimil): 23 / 101

A couple more lessons in and the level is really starting to pick up. It’s a good thing I have some additional notes in Assimil to explain the stranger grammatical goings on in the dialogues, and my eyes always light up when I’m able to connect a new concept or some vocabulary from 4-5,000 years ago to something more familiar in my other modern languages.

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Lesson (Assimil): 21 / 101

I’m about a fifth of the way through the Assimil book now and am really getting into it. I won’t deny that Egyptian hieroglyphics and the bizarre antiquated grammar that binds them altogether can be tough going at times, but the pure joy of being able to read a few of these once esoteric signs and get the gist of simple new sentences is very encouraging.

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Lesson (Assimil): 10 / 101

It’s been 7 months since I dug up any new hieroglyphics, and once again the temptation to do a little Middle Egyptian bedtime reading has crept up and overpowered me like some ancient magical curse. Starting anew from the first lesson of Assimil’s “L’Égyptien hiéroglyphique”, I’m somehow already up to lesson 10 over the last week. My method is much simpler this time around as well: I read the hieroglyphics for each chapter 3 times (using the parallel text and transliteration where needed earlier on in the game), and skim some of the French notes along the way. I’m not sure whether these nighttime wander-ings are going to last for long, but whilst they do, I’ll keep you updated of any progress. 😉

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Total hours of study so far: 10 (Assimil’s “L’Égyptien hiéroglyphique”, 12/101 chapters started, 8 completed)

With all the preparations for the big move next week, I’ve been simply too exhausted to do any additional bedtime reading at the end of each day. In fact, I don’t even have a bedside lamp or bed anymore…it’s all packed away in long-term storage (lol). You’ll be glad to hear though that I threw out some clothing to make room for the Assimil course in my suitcase (that’s me getting my priorities right). 😉

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Total hours of study so far: 10 (Assimil’s “L’Égyptien hiéroglyphique”, 12/101 chapters started, 8 completed)

I’m really enjoying this book and am learning all kinds of interesting little facts along the way. For example, I discovered only yesterday that the word “paper” originates from a distortion of the Ancient Egyptian words for “royal plant”!

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