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Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Key to Language

Rosetta Stone

When I was a little girl I started learning to speak Hebrew. In Junior High I began studying Spanish. The year that I graduated from Junior High we moved to Chicago and I had to go back to elementary school. They did things different within the Chicago school system than Philadelphia did. Kids in Illinois did not begin studying languages until 8th grade so I was a year ahead of everyone in my new school and was placed on independent study.
By the time I FINALLY made it to high school in 9th grade I was placed into an AP Spanish class. They only spoke Spanish and I had no clue what was going on! Fast forward 20 years and I can speak medical Spanish (respire profundo), a smidge of Hebrew, a smattering of Yiddish and German, some French, Italian and Latin. The only thing I am proficient in is American English. American English is a whole different ballgame from the Queen's English.

It was in college that I came to love linguistics.Linguistics is the study of language. I find it fascinating how so many words that are in English have their roots in another language. I found that I was a natural at reading and understanding different dialects of Old English which is light years away from what we speak today. 

My youngest daughter received an intro to languages in Middle School and then she took German in high school. She really wants to learn to speak Hebrew. I got her a Hebrew for Dummies book a couple of years ago but am now thinking that a software program might be better.

Did you know that the original Rosetta Stone (pictured above) had 3 different translations of the same decree. The 3 languages represented on the Rosetta Stone are Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Demotic Script and Ancient Greek. It was this stone that became key in helping researchers discover the way to translate hieroglyphics. 

Right now I am searching for a Rosetta Stone Promo. I figure if I can find some great Rosetta Stone Coupons then I can pick up the Hebrew version for my daughter Ryan and then she can fulfill her dream of learning to speak Hebrew. What do you think?
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