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Re: Classical Languages - Study Group

Postby Teango » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:37 pm

Sanskrit...IGCSE...what an amazing option, aravinda!

When I was in secondary school in the UK (Late Quaternary Period), our only GCSE language options were French and German, and taking both was not only rarely ever considered, but looked upon by both students and faculty alike as something subversive, suspicious, and strange.

Back then, German was the new kid on the block and on tentative probation, while French was more firmly entrenched as a compulsory subject which students would take over the next 5 years. Keep in mind, however, that French was brought in earlier to try and comprehensively oust the (previously compulsory) Latin of former grammar school yore (after Oxford and Cambridge no longer required Latin for their entrance exams).

I was lucky to be included in an experimental year that adopted German as a compulsory subject (which they've sadly since dropped altogether), and being a language nerd of "subversive, suspicious, and strange" persuasions, joined a small band of rebellious young reprobates to tack on French in our final year of school as well ( hell with convention!)

I'm just blown away by the sheer diversity of languages you can study nowadays at GCSE/IGCSE and A Level, which almost (but not quite) makes me want to sit a bunch more! :)
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Re: Classical Languages - Study Group

Postby David1917 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:00 pm

Iversen wrote:
IronMike wrote:How's their Old English?

The 'yellow' version of the Old English book from TY (by Leslie Blakeley) was first published in 1964, and I own the reprint from 1978. And in spite of being a slender little thing it seems to be reasonably thorough and systematic. It has however been replaced by a newer book by Mark Atherton, and I simply don't know what that is like. If things have changed in the usual direction there is more fun and games and less information on more pages than in the old one (oh, yes I'm a grumpy old man, but that's the direction in which the TY textbooks normally change these days).

The Atherton book is actually quite good. It has audio, which is of course helpful, and it functions something like an anthropological reader with primary source documents (e.g. bits from the chronicle, the bible, etc. all in cultural contexts). I'm slowly going through it when I have the chance to and have not come across any games yet. There are activities like creating Old English names and discovering the etymology of English town names, though, and so far little in the way of drilling cases/conjugations. I'd like to pick up the Blakeley book soon, but OE isn't a big deal for me right now. When I'm at the office I peruse an Anglo-Saxon grammar on Gutenberg, but I find I need to internalize more of the language before going to strict grammar work.

@IronMike - TYS Old Norse you say???
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