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Medu Netcher

"Divine Speech"
In this course, Dr. Mario Beatty introduces you to Medu Netcher (Divine Speech), the Kemetic (i.e. Ancient Egyptian) sacred language and script, commonly referred to as Egyptian hieroglyphs. The course focuses on a phase of the language conventionally known as Middle Egyptian, dating from around 2100 BCE onwards. Using primarily the book by James Allen, Middle Egyptian (2014), the course will acquaint you with the fundamental elements of grammar and vocabulary in order to provide a unique and innovative examination of this African civilization from the inside through highlighting and translating numerous primary texts.  
UNDERSTANDING THE Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs
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WHAT IS MEDU NETCHER?

Course Introduction:
Divine Speech

2022 • TIME  42m
In this course, Dr. Mario Beatty, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, introduces us to Medu Netcher (Divine Speech), the Kemetic (i.e. Ancient Egyptian) sacred language and script, commonly referred to as Egyptian hieroglyphs. 
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LESSON 1

The Uniliterals

2022 • TIME  1h 44m
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In this lesson, you will learn all of the hieroglyphs referred to as uniliterals. These glyphs represent all of the fundamental consonants of the language and are the foundation needed to understand everything else in the course.
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LESSON 2

The Uses of Egyptian Hieroglyphs

2022 • TIME  1h 36m
In this lesson, you will learn about the four major uses of Egyptian hieroglyphs as ideograms, as phonograms, as determinatives, and as phonetic complements. The primary focus is on the concepts of hieroglyphs as ideograms, phonograms, and determinatives.
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LESSON 3

The Uses of Egyptian Hieroglyphs

2022 • TIME  1h 54m
Building on lesson #2, this lesson begins with a discussion of determinatives, but primarily focuses on the use of hieroglyphs as phonetic complements. This lesson prepares you to largely complete the important exercise at the end of Chapter 3 in James Allen, Middle Egyptian.
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