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September 25th, 2002
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So I went to my first Hebrew class last night. Because I can sometimes be an idiot, I got off at the wrong T stop. If I had gotten off one stop later, I would have been right there. Anyway, I know how to get there for next week.

The instructor has been teaching this class for something like 12 or 13 years. She has her own little book that she wrote by hand and photocopied, which she sold us for $5, plus an optional tape with her speaking the lessons for another $5. I got both. One of the things that is different about her class than a lot of other classes is that she doesn't do any of the religious stuff at all. I think most other Hebrew classes focus on the language by looking at the religious texts. Also, they do the letters in a funky order, so that you can spell things like "torah" first. She does the letters in aleph-bet order. So, last night we learned to how say and write aleph, bet, vet, gimel, dalet, hay, vav, zayin, chet, and tet. We also learned some of the vowels, most of whose names I've forgotten. Eventually, though, we won't be using the vowels, since modern Israeli Hebrew is done completely without vowels, which I find interesting. I guess you end up having to distinguish words by context.

So, of course, I'm plotting how to do Hebrew Boggle, once I know more.

Copyediting class starts tomorrow. And I was actually accused of being a real-life editor. Which reminds me, I owe majes some editing time. Umm, not sure when I'll have time. Going to a play tonight, the copyediting class tomorrow, oh, which reminds me, I might get together at Burdick after the class with a former co-worker who lives right near Harvard Square. I think I should have some time this weekend.

Err, and I'll be up late tonight doing dishes.

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From:magid
Date:September 25th, 2002 06:47 am (UTC)

second sentence

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At least it's only sometimes...
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From:prog
Date:September 25th, 2002 08:51 am (UTC)

Hebrew Boggle

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Now that jmac.org is running Perl 5.8, with full Unicode support, you write a program using all the glyphs shown in this PDF. Mmm, Unicode...
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From:magid
Date:September 25th, 2002 08:57 am (UTC)

Re: Hebrew Boggle

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That's cool. Not only do they have final forms of letters (I'd think they'd not be in Hebrew Boggle), but the vowels (ditto), and the cantillation marks for chanting Torah/Prophets/etc (very ditto). I'm impressed they're all included. And the Yiddish stuff, too.
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From:magid
Date:September 25th, 2002 08:59 am (UTC)

Re: Hebrew Boggle

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Another thought: some letters are taller than others; interesting to figure out the optimal size of cubes/squares/whatever for easy visibility (though onscreen it's not as tricky as it would be as a physical game).
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From:pookfreak
Date:September 25th, 2002 09:32 am (UTC)
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Just curious - who are you taking the Hebrew class through?
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From:queue
Date:September 25th, 2002 09:38 am (UTC)
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