More updates to announce:
I’m finally finishing the updated homework!
I’m replacing the RTFs with Open Office files, because anyone can install Open Office for free, and you can insert the needed special characters with it.
I’ve started applying the stuff learned from Vinyar Tengwar #50… but only easy things to start out with. I still need more time to get into it and glean information. The word “but” is the first thing to be added. Sindarin translators have been using a Quenya-based reconstruction until now. That means we have 3 conjunctions that are attested in Sindarin! (well, technically Noldorin, but close enough)
Link to the Student Roster
There are only 5 days until registration closes and class begins! I did a count-up of all of the students registered. There are 62 students, and 58 are brand new. I think we can thank The Hobbit for these numbers.
I’ve never handled a class this big before. I can make some predictions: I won’t be able to be as flexible with homework turn-in as I have in the past. I’ll be much more strict about late homework this time around.
Most people don’t know IPA, so I’m starting all of the new students on the IPA lesson, to make Chapter 1 go more easily.
Anyways, back to writing homework assignments. See you at the end of the week!
Just a warning (and hopefully so I don’t get a lot of panicked e-mails) The Sindarin textbook is getting some revisions to its structure and database – so things are going to be wonky for a few hours while I do updates.
The updates to the textbook are as follows:
Chapter 5 (prestanneth chapter) is being re-organized. It now has 5 lessons. The plurals section has been split into 2 lessons, the first focusing on the normal plural, and the second on all of the archaic forms and various plural suffixes. The prefix/preposition lesson has been broken into 2 parts as well, and moved to after the prestanneth lesson. One half focuses on the prepositions and prefixes, the other focuses on negation and superlatives/comparatives.
Chapter 7 (verbs) I moved the negation section to Chapter 5, seeing as it made more sense to introduce it earlier. I moved the Analogy lesson to Chapter 8.
Chapter 8 (dialects) has grown a lot larger than I thought I’d make it in the beginning. It started out with a l=plan for 3 lessons, but I added the Analogy lesson, heavily trimmed down because you already know how to make the past tense at that point, no reason to go over it again, and made it an Old versus New Sindarin lesson, going over various ways to show what era the speakers are speaking during. I thought that I’d focus on Beleriand, the Exiles, and the Gondorians, but I ended up needing to differentiate also between Western and Eastern 2nd and 3rd age Sindarin, so I added in a lesson about that too.
Other than that… I’m writing online quizzes that should prepare you for the homework. They aren’t done, and I still need to rewrite a ton of homework assignments – but these things don’t mess with the database, so they won’t be a part of this update, beyond the few that I have done already being posted.
See you on the other side of the update! Here’s to hoping it all goes well!
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I’m making a series of Sindarin online quizzes that will accompany the textbook! They’re still in the rough stages of development, but here’s what I have so far:
Check them out, and let me know what you think!
The forums have had a make-over! Proboards is updating their forum software, and I just spent several hours tweaking the settings to make it look nice.
Some cool new features: We have a shotbox! And, you can build your own avatar! It’s got a really sleek, modern look too. I don’t know all of the new features yet, but it already is looking pretty darn awesome.
Today I updated the 101 Sindarin phrasebook, and added a new affiliate (SpanishFakeESDLA)! Then I went about the sad business of removing the affiliates that have been inactive for more than 2 years or that have links which no longer work.
I hope that the aftermath of the Hobbit movie means more active Tolkien websites! BTW, if you want to affiliate your website with mine, just let me know!
I’ve been making some rapid edits to the textbook over the past week.
I just finished replacing the poorly hand-drawn Tengwar, Tîw, and Cirth from Chapter 2 of Your Sindarin Textbook.
I also did some more research on Angerthas Daeron… and realized that I’d been using it like a dwarf trying to write Elven words by ear. Yeah, major-league screw up there. So, the material in Chapter 2 lesson 2 is greatly improved.
Due to some fantastic feedback that I’ve been getting at the Languages of Middle-earth, a Google+ community with some hard-core Tolkien-language fans, I’ll be doing a lot of editing in the coming weeks. I’ve fixed a problem in the Negation chapter: u- the verb means only “to not do”, not “to not be”, as I had assumed it could mean both as it does in Quenya.
More corrections to come!
Phrasebook Database, version 2.0
I added a few phrases to them, and added a new column for the new, simpler pronunciation guide. Let me know what you think! And let me know if you find any errors. There are bound to be a few that slipped through the cracks, as the only time I can really beta it is when it’s already up on the website.
I think I got it all working properly, but please let me know if anything doesn’t work right!
I’m trying to make my pronunciation guides easier for people who aren’t familiar with IPA. Please check them out here (Quenya) and here (Sindarin).
Let me know what you think!
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