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([personal profile] robot_mel May. 3rd, 2009 10:50 am)
Yesterday I started to learn some Egyptian. I think this is going to be MUCH harder than Chinese. There is far too much spelling! The thing that makes Chinese characters easy is that they have a stroke order, which makes it easy to write and remember the order, no such luck with drawing birds. But I managed to practice the alphabet and learn a bit of basic theory. Hopefully this week I'll be able to manage to memorise the alphabet and then can move onto more interesting things.

Learning ancient Egyptian gives me the giggles for all the wrong reasons, last night we went through Bill's Egyptian dictionary looking at all the birds and he told me which ones were common! Apparently when you start to draw them you end up with a lot of fat birds. I cannot say how happy this makes me. ;)

After studying in Green Park and a coffee shop I needed a nap. After the nap I had a very sore ear so failed to make it out to Dead and Buried and instead we stayed home and watched, "The Awakening" (The Charlton Heston film "based" on the Jewel of the Seven Stars). It was good fun, with lots of lovely shots of Egypt. I would have so loved this film at 12, Stephanie Zimbalist with waist length hair turning into an Evil Egyptian Queen. I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Afterwards I started reading a book about Egyptian mythology. Needless to say last night I had lots of Egyptian based nightmares. But not enough to put me off studying again today.
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