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Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:36:09 PM »
Hello,

I know I've been posting a lot lately, however there is one additional resource I want to share.

There is this great source for learning to read and write Sureth,

They are a source of complied videos on YouTube posted by Dr. Madeleine Davis.

LINK:
(This is the introductory video to the series)

Additionally you can buy the Book Here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/madeleine-davis/assyrian-reading-lessons-in-six-days/paperback/product-21733903.html (Priced only @ $4 USD)


*This is perfectly awesome for those of you struggling with writing and spelling as she also has a book called "Assyrian Speech Lessons", which you can use to read and practice writing!*  :bestwishes: :goodluck:


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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2015, 11:47:45 PM »
why not use this picture I made a long time ago?

http://assyrianic.deviantart.com/art/Syriac-Aramaic-Diagram-Chart-479930235

Doesn't alap correspond to the letter A?
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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2015, 11:56:09 PM »
Cool,It's a lot harder to learn it by writing down the letters over and over again. It's a shame there's so little resources out there for people that want to learn it.

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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2015, 11:57:41 PM »
Doesn't alap correspond to the letter A?
No, Alap is used in 2 different ways: a vowel marker when used at the beginning or end of words OR as a strategic pause when used in the middle of the word.

Marking it as "A" would confuse everybody into thinking that Alap is a vowel.

Alap is not a vowel, it's a consonant and vowel MARKER.
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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2015, 12:14:42 AM »
why are the letters always conjoined? The kashida does not slide down my throat.

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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2015, 12:45:26 AM »
No, Alap is used in 2 different ways: a vowel marker when used at the beginning or end of words OR as a strategic pause when used in the middle of the word.

Marking it as "A" would confuse everybody into thinking that Alap is a vowel.

Alap is not a vowel, it's a consonant and vowel MARKER.

I have heard that Alap is a consonant, but never really quite understood how because I've read words in Assyrian with the "A" sound in them that contain Alap. Which got me confused. "Linda George", for instance, has an alap at the end of "Linda":



What is the "A" ("ah") sound though in Syriac lettering? Ayn I presume?
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Re: Learn to Read and Write in Assyrian! (Source)
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2015, 09:25:11 AM »
I have heard that Alap is a consonant, but never really quite understood how because I've read words in Assyrian with the "A" sound in them that contain Alap. Which got me confused. "Linda George", for instance, has an alap at the end of "Linda":



What is the "A" ("ah") sound though in Syriac lettering? Ayn I presume?


Linda has an alap at the end because it signals that there's an ending vowel after dalath.

In Syriac/Sureth, there's 3 consonants that are used as vowel indicators aka mater lectionis: Alaph, Waw, and Yodh.

Yodh is used for "ee" and "eh" vowels
Waw is "oo" and "oh" vowels
and Alaph is for the rest.

 

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