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Well, it's been a surprisingly nice, uneventful start of the term... although whoever charmed the suits of armor in the Front Hall to sing I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside whenever anybody walks by would be well advised to choose a more euphonious melody next time.


[[Filtered to Tohru]]

I look forward to working with you this year, Miss Honda. We have a promising second-year crop and I'm sure we'll get them off to a good start.

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Gareki]]

Have you any time this week for that project we discussed?

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

For the most part, you all did well on the review. Those who didn't: you know who you are; kindly stay after your next class and we will discuss how to put you on par with those in your year.

This week we will begin serious translations and transliterations. Second through fourth years, please prepare the appropriate Futhark charts in your Wright's workbook. Concentrate on the first aett of the alphabet; by next week you will be able to string them together to create words. Those of you above your fourth year should already be able to read the Elder and Anglo-Saxon Futhark runes; you will focus on translating Swedish, Danish, and Hungarian spells from old texts into Younger Futhork. We will not start on Orkhon or Cirth until mid-year. The fifth year, linguistically at least, will be devoted to synthesizing the various Western runic alphabets and translating to and from the languages they were used to write.

Students beginning their sixth year will have a harder task. Now that you are familiar with the process of assimilating a new alphabet, you will apply it to either proto-Canaanite and the Semitic abjads (Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic), Egyptian hieroglyphics, or Chinese Oracle Bone alphabet and its descendants. Once you've read the introduction, please see me to choose a language track for your NEWT studies.

As for seventh year... Haldah, Chapter Four, and Cove, Chapter One. I hope you're prepared for an intensive scholastic experience.

[[/filtered]]




[[
Homework:

ICly due Monday, 21 September, and OOCly as long as the link's up on the main assignment page; please leave an OOC comment about how your character did.
Points will be given on a 0-5 scale for second and third years, 0-10 for fourth and fifth, and 0-15 for sixth and seventh, with least = didn't do it or completely bungled it, and most = went above and beyond.

Second years: Elder Futhark; learning the names, sounds, and shapes of the letters
Third years: Anglo-Saxon Futhark; differentiating from Elder Futhark
Fourth years: Younger Futhork; translating simple spells from runes to English
Fifth years: all of the above, translating simple spells from English to runes
Sixth years: introduction to Semitic abjads, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Chinese scripts; choose one language track for NEWTs
Seventh years: translating simple spells into and out of the language chosen from previous year]]

[private]

Date: 2009-09-17 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mekhanisms.livejournal.com
Yes.

When would you like to meet?

Re: [private]

Date: 2009-09-18 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
If you have a free period today or tomorrow, that will do.

[private]

Date: 2009-09-18 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mekhanisms.livejournal.com
I'm free today, during period four.

Re: [private]

Date: 2009-09-18 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
Period four it is then. Meet me in the classroom -- oh, and bring your dragonhide gloves.

[private]

Date: 2009-09-19 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mekhanisms.livejournal.com
Yes, Professor.

[[ ooc: How would we do this? O: ]]

OOC

Date: 2009-09-17 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mekhanisms.livejournal.com
Name Gareki
House Slytherin
Year 5th

He cursed Bob a little bit before setting off to the library to do his work. There, he got a few dictionaries for the different languages that Bob assigned, and started on translating them. His assignment isn't all that neat, but it's done. He made some mistakes here and there - some runes were drawn wrongly, etc.

Re: OOC

Date: 2009-09-18 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
It won't all be quite as hard as this -- Bob likes to start the year out with a bang, but he's not telling his class that.~ Gareki's assignment gets a 6, with red-quill comments pointing out how the mistakes change the meaning of the spells -- I presume you don't want to plant yourself headfirst in the nearest badger hole with fireweed growing out of your toes? But it's all with good intentions, really.

[filtered]

Date: 2009-09-18 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zodiaconigiri.livejournal.com
Oh as do I sir! This was one of my favorite subjects here!

It's nice that we have students who show an interest.

Re: [filtered]

Date: 2009-09-18 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
*could almost weep for joy at having an assistant who actually understands the class*

It is. *smiles* If you would, make yourself available to the second-years when we have our first practical in-class assignment. In addition, I'd like you to join me as I grade this week's homework; no time like the present to get your feet wet, so to speak.

Re: [filtered]

Date: 2009-09-18 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zodiaconigiri.livejournal.com
Alright Professor! That won't be a problem!

Thats fine, when do you want to meet?

Re: [filtered]

Date: 2009-09-18 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
After dinner, in the secondary staff room? It shouldn't be too difficult to have the papers delivered there. *plots to get one of his students to do the fetching and carrying*

Re: [filtered]

Date: 2009-09-19 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zodiaconigiri.livejournal.com
Thats fine! I'll meet you there then!

OOC

Date: 2009-09-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tastefulsilence.livejournal.com
Name Dwayne
House Hufflepuff
Year 7th

Dwayne did decently on this; certainly nothing outstanding. He did well on roughly half the translations, but on the other half he mixed his languages; sometimes translating the spells into his native language, or getting Semitic abjads and Egyptain Hieroglyphics mixed up. Dwayne grudgingly opened his books up to double check some of his work and read further ahead to help himself understand why he has to do the translations in the first place. This research shows towards the end, and his form gets better, if not still rough around the edges.

Re: OOC

Date: 2009-09-21 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
Well, well, well. For work like that, Dwayne gets 8 points; at least he tried, but Bob is concerned that work like this could lead to real danger if used in the field.

Re: OOC

Date: 2009-09-22 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tastefulsilence.livejournal.com
\o/ He's just happy he didn't fail completely.

Re: OOC

Date: 2009-09-22 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
Bob will be happy if nothing blows up the next time they have a practical.

Re: OOC

Date: 2009-09-22 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tastefulsilence.livejournal.com
Dwayne'll be the one in the sunglasses toting a stick with marshmallows on it.

OOC

Date: 2009-09-23 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitterpresent.livejournal.com
not late :c

Jomy Marquis Shin, 6th Year Gryffindor - Read the introduction, had a headache because of it, threw the book at the wall, and thought the little bird things in the Egyptian hieroglyphics were cute, so he picked that for his language track for his NEWTs.

Rosemarine Arion, 6th Year Slytherin - Read it, had an advanced reading so he'll be prepared for future homework, and chose Chinese scripts for his NEWTS, just because he couldn't stand the sight of the other two choices. He is, however, literate at all three, though, because he's a show-offy douche like that.

Miki Kaoru, 3rd Year Ravenclaw - Did it. He's already good at that, considering he's already reading 7th year books, so expect a neat, professional paper.

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