Just an insight into where my mind is at: while doing some Greek translation exercises at lunch today, I caught myself thinking: “So does that mean the future passive is derived from the aorist passive? Yes it does… ah… that makes sense now…”
[jord] Espresso Drinks Illustrated
The last three chapters of the textbook are on miscellany. The words for “I sit down”, “I lie down”, “I know”, “I am able” are interesting: they have perfect endings, but present meanings. Have I lost you yet?
The most scary part of chapter 18 (this week’s chapter) is the notion of principal parts. For various different verbs, we learn six different ways of forming them: Present Active, Future Active, Aorist Active, Perfect Active, Perfect Middle/Passive, and Aorist Passive.
If you’ve been paying attention to the posts so far, you’ll probably recognise those different names.
From these six forms, we can form 14 different types of verbs: for each of those, there are 6 verb forms. Worst case, we need to be familiar with over 30 of these patterns of 6 principal parts for the exam on Tuesday week: and there’s more memory work beside that – I’m still working on my vocab, and learning the endings for at least some of the 14 different verb types.
Oh, and there’s another chapter to cover in class before exams start!
It’s all seeming a little overwhelming, but I think that’s a pretty common experience. Who would have thought learning a language would be so complicated?
Mythbusters: What does a bull in a china shop really do?
Movie: The Bourne Ultimatum
Somehow the third installment in this franchise manages to be a good action movie and seems to continue the story of the first two. There are some gaping plot holes, but no more than your average action movie, I guess. An enjoyable distraction – somehow, without any bad language that I could remember: it’s all about the action sequences.
Modern Approaches to Data Visualization – no excel graphs here!
Cafe Culture Downunder – a review of the evolution of espresso sales in Australia
[matt] Though successful in their day jobs, the players in the Really Terrible Orchestra are revelling in their inability to play well.
Chris Braga gives some useful advice on how to go to church.