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“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
– Carl Sagan

Me: *Translates one sentence of Thucydides.* That wasn't so bad, has everyone been over-hyping this?
Me: *Tries to translate a second sentence.* Oh.

Me 🤝 my headmate brin: bonding over learning the linguistic backend of the ancient languages we're learning and realizing how many "irregularities" are really just regular sound changes applied to paradigmatic forms.

It turns out having things explained to you helps you learn them.

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In undergrad: "Ugh, Greek is so irregular, how the fuck am I supposed to remember every single one of these weird exceptional forms?"
Working from a textbook that actually explains the morphology: "Oh, it's just /that/? I don't even need to write that out; it just makes sense."

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I got points off on a quiz once for fucking up the declension of θυγάτηρ, so it's /vindicating/ to finally have the rules of -ερ stems actually explained to me with θυγάτηρ as an example word.

My headmate @glitternoodle commissioned this awesome new pic of me from @/lilbeemichael on Twitter and I couldn't be happier with it! My account has my face on it now! Thank you so much, Bee!

Like everything, I don't think I ever learned it super well, but there are some fragments buried deep in there somewhere. It'll come back. I'll learn it right this time. It makes me feel good. Excited. Determined. It's gonna take me a while, but I'm gonna do it right this time. It's gonna be so good.

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I flipped way ahead in the Greek textbook the other night and found myself in the perfect tense section, and even though I couldn't have produced any of those forms from scratch, looking at them, I actually remembered some of them from undergrad. All the reduplications and the kappas and stuff. I was like, "Oh yeah. I always liked the perfect system."

Side note: How do you add an Ancient Greek keyboard to an Android phone?

Is there any reason Greek grammar books give the masculine forms before the feminine ones? I'm looking at a chart for εκεινη and it occurs to me how bizarre it is that they start with εκεινος instead. I'm assuming this is just sexism playing out?


I'm prepping some garlic for dinner tonight, and is it weird that I want to pop the whole cloves into my mouth once I've peeled them? They're just so gosh dang pretty. 😍

I was playing around with a Picrew and made a cartoon of me that I really like. Almost tempted to make this my new profile pic on here even though I know I don't really use social media that much these days.

(CW: cartoon eye contact.)

This is a meditation on history and COVID-19 looking at the plague of Athens and the present moment that I found well worth reading:

Chest binders are so good. I feel so powerful right now. I could fight the entire world.

(And similarly for the verbs. Using this approach has given me a great handle on a bunch of verbs that I never really understood at Yale; they were just the "weird different ones that didn't follow the 'regular' pattern"; now I feel like I understand how they work, and I'm not worried about encountering the more regular ones later.) I wish I had been taught like this all along.

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In previous approaches, it felt like we went really slow introducing the second declension, which is pretty regular, and then by the time we got to the third, we were moving at a pretty brisk clip, which meant there wasn't time to make my brain understand its various patterns. This way, I feel like I can really get comfortable with some common irregularities, and then later I can add on more regular stuff without a lot of additional effort.

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One thing that's been really interesting to me in working through Ancient Greek for Everyone is the order that it introduces things. This is the first chapter on nouns, for example: It starts with the third declension. Every other Greek course I've taken (which admittedly, is a grand total of two) started with the second declension. I don't think this approach is wrong, it's just striking to me how deliberately reversed it is from what I'm used to. I think I like it.

Putting on some Orville Peck and looking at binders before diving in to some Ancient Greek.

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