Lesson 1 - The Uniliterals
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Lesson 2 -The Uses of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Course Assignment:
Common Determinatives

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Lesson 3 - The Uses of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Course Assignment (1):
Instructions for James Allen Exercise

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Course Assignment (2):
Middle Egyptian by James Allen - Chapter 3 Exercise and Sign List 

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Lesson 4 - The Uses of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Course Assignment (1):
Copy the whole Egyptian noun list in Leo Depuyd'ts Fundamentals of Egyptian Grammar. As you copy each noun, pay close attention to every glyph. If there is a glyph that you are not familiar with, look it up in the sign list and make sure that you understand what it is as an ideogram, phonogram, and/or determinative.

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Course Assignment (2):
Look over the Sahidic Coptic alphabet a few times this week. In class on Tuesday, I will introduce this alphabet and demonstrate the importance of this last stage of Medu Netcher.

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Lesson 5 - Introduction to the Saidic Coptic Alphabet
Course Assignments:

Please cross-reference the following Coptic nouns with Leo Depuydt's Core Vocabulary Noun List. Based upon the lecture video, practice pronouncing these Coptic words.

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Lesson 6 - Egyptian Nouns: Gender and Number

Course Assignments:

Please find the homework exercise at the end of Ch. 4 in James Allen, Middle Egyptian. You are to complete the first two exercises. In exercise #1, do not attempt letters "m" and "n." In exercise #2, do not attempt letter "j."

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Lesson 7 -  Egyptian nouns (Special Cases)
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Lesson 8 - Egyptian Noun Phrases
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Lesson 9 - EGYPTIAN Noun Phrases (Allen Exercise)
Course Assignments:

Please find attached a file on major prepositions in Medu Netcher. I want you to purchase a pack of blank 3 X 5 note cards. As you view the file, on the front of your blank note card should be the preposition and on the back of the note card should be the definition. After you have completed making these note cards, I want you to spend 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night every day reviewing these and testing yourself until you feel absolutely comfortable that you know them by heart. Do not worry if it takes you a long time. Just stay consistent. Next week we will introduce prepositional phrases and hopefully begin our discussion of the most prominent sentence type in Medu Netcher, adverbial sentences. 

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Lesson 10 - Egyptian prepositions and prepositional phrases
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Lesson 11 - Adverbial Sentences

Course Assignments:

Please find attached a file from Allen's grammar book on Major particles found in section 10.3 and 10.4. I went over all of these particles in the lesson, but take some time to review them in written form. I have also attached a file on suffix pronouns and their uses. For this week, I want you to copy what you see and reduce it all to 3 X 5 blank note cards. In addition to this, I want you to copy the whole chart and uses of suffix pronouns 5 times on 5 different days this week in preparation for the lecture next week. 

Lesson 12 - Adverbial Sentences

Course Assignments:

Please find attached the following 3 files and the assignment for each one:
1. Note cards on adjectives and their uses in Medu Netcher - I want you to copy what you see and reduce it all to 3 X 5 blank note cards. Each page of the file has a line in the middle of the page indicating what should go on the front and back of the note card. Once you have completed these note cards, just read them over once every day. It doesn't matter if you do not fully understand everything yet. I will explain in greater detail in the lecture.
2. Core Adjective Vocabulary for Depuydt's grammar book - I want you to copy the list of major adjectives 5 times. You will frequently see these in texts so it's important to be familiar with them.
3. Verb List from Allen's grammar book - Copy the list of 54 verbs from Allen's grammar book. There is a small defect in his font on this page. Any time that you see what looks like an empty circle, just know that this is the so-called placenta when you draw that glyph. Since we introduced verbs in this lecture on suffix pronouns, it is good for you to be familiar with a few more verbs before I formally introduce the verbal sentence. You do not have to memorize these verbs. Just copy them. Over time as you gain greater experience with the language in texts, you will find it easier to spot verbs.
lesson 13 - Adjectives
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Lesson 14 - Adjectives (The Nefer Her construction)

Course Assignments:

Please find attached the first Egyptian scene that we will transliterate and translate in class next week. As you look at the scene, try to figure out all of the vocabulary that you know and then try to figure out how to transliterate and translate the scene. There is actually nothing in the scene that you cannot translate based upon the knowledge of Medu Netcher that you have thus far. Don't worry about if you can't transliterate or translate everything. Just try to make an attempt. With every scene, I will provide not only grammatical commentary, but also historical and cultural commentary allowing us to understand the meaning of the scene wholistically. When you present a scene, it's important to gather as much information as you can about the scene. Here is a general description of the attached scene without going into too much detail. Please note that these types of general details should be written and understood for every scene that you encounter:

General Theme: A Relief with a Libation scene
Present location: Bologna, Civic Archaeological Museum
inv. KS 1914Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 38 X 56 cm
Palagi Collection (Nizzoli)
Provenance (i.e., where it was found in Egypt): Unknown
Historical period: 19th to 20th dynasty (1292-1075 BCE) NOTE: This relief is a part of a tomb decoration.

Book Source: Il Senso Dell'arte Nell'antico Egitto (1990), p.149.

Egyptian Scene #4 (PDF)  
LESSON 15: Apparent Adjectives and Beginning the Translation of First Egyptian SceneLesson 1 - The Uniliterals
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LeSSON 16: Apparent Adjectives and Completing the Translation of First Egyptian Scene

Course Assignments:

Please find attached a chart on demonstrative pronouns. Copy this chart five times, preferably on five different days.
Also, find attached Raymond Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. This is the standard reference dictionary used by Egyptologists writing in English. Please read the separate attachment for more detailed instructions on the homework assignment using this dictionary.

Demonstrative Pronouns  


Homework Assignment- Raymond Faulkner Middle Egyptian Dictionary  


Raymond Faulkner- ME Dictionary  

LeSSON 17: Demonstrative Pronouns

Course Assignments:


1. Review the list of 54 verbs that I gave you to copy from Allen's grammar book at the end of Chapter 12 in preparation for the lecture next week beginning our focus on verbs.

2. Please find attached a chart of the dependent pronouns and their major uses. Please copy this chart and uses 5 times. It will be a couple of weeks before this is discussed.

3. Please find attached a book by David Shennum entitled English-Egyptian Index of Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. This is an important work that you can always use for reference purposes. In addition, please find attached an assignment linked to this index. The assignment will require you to look up words in Shennum's English dictionary which will take you to specific pages in Faulkner's dictionary. Once you find the word, draw the glyphs, provide the transliteration, and translation of the word. 

4. Please find attached a very small book by Raymond Faulkner entitled A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian: Addenda and Corrigenda. This work provides additions and corrections to his dictionary. At your leisure, you can just peruse the work. This is to be used as a reference work. There is no assignment attached to it.

Dependent Pronouns Chart  


English-Egyptian Index of Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian   

Assignment for English-Egyptian Index of Faulkner's Concise Dictionary  


A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian: Addenda and Corrigenda  
Lesson 18: Verbs
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Lesson 19: Dependent Pronouns and Verbal Sentence Structure
Course Assignments:
Please find attached more detailed instructions for the following assignments:
1. Complete exercise on demonstrative pronouns in Allen, Ch. 5.
2. Complete exercise in Allen on identifying the root class of the 54 verbs that you have already copied. I have also attached to this assignment a list of 36 third weak verbs from Gardiner's grammar book that you should copy.
3. Complete exercises that focus on the basic verbal sentence structure extracted from Ch.2 and 3 of Gardiner's grammar book. I have attached the Medu Netcher verbal sentence structure for reference purposes.
NOTE: Please attempt and complete the assignments in this exact order.

Allen Ch. 5 Exercise  
Lesson 20: Verbs
Please find attached a document on "Notes on Sentence Structure in Medu Netcher" which is a small review of concepts covered in the lecture.

Notes on Sentence Structure in Medu Netcher  
Lesson 21: Verbs
Please find attached a document on translating the sedjemef, the sedjemtwef, and sedjemenef forms respectively. This is a small review of concepts covered in the lecture video.

1. Next week we will start translating our second Egyptian scene which is the side of the coffin of Amenhotep II and features the goddess Isis. Please find attached the scene. We will spend at least the next two weeks on this scene. Also, please find attached excerpts taken from the book by George Hart on Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Read the entries on Horus, Isis, and Osiris. 

2. Please find attached a basic Kinglist and Map of the Nile Valley for reference purposes.

3. Please find attached the chart on Independent Pronouns. Over the next two weeks, copy this chart 5 times on different days. Also find a document explaining nominal sentences. Please copy this lecture at least one time. We will discuss it in about three weeks.

Notes on Translating the Sedjemef and Sedjemenef  

Coffin Scene from Tomb of Amenhotep II   

George Hart- A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses  

Egyptian King List and Map  

Independent Pronouns Chart  

Nominal Sentences 
Lesson 22: : Independent Pronouns and Nominal Sentences
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Lesson 23: Early Kemetic History, the Ruler, and the Fivefold Titulary
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Lesson 24: Osiris, Isis, and Horus
 Please find attached an assignment to be completed from Allen, Ch. 7 exercise on adjectival and nominal sentences.

Ch. 7 Allen Exercise on Adjectival and Nominal Sentences  
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