End of year report. Look forward to my next year in South Africa 😀
1. Received first prize for my presentation entitled “How do Biblical Scholars Conduct Their Research” at the Fourth Annual North-West University Postdoctoral Conference. The candlelit dinner organized by the international office brought the conference to a beautiful end.
Photo Credit: NWU International Office
2. Received a full mark for my second semester of the Latin course. This final mark is derived from 16 class tests, 12 quizzes, 4 exams, 3 assignments, and 1 PPT presentation.
3. Learned Afrikaans for fun. Ek hoop jy het ‘n heerlike Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige nuwe jaar! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 😀
Here are the ancient languages I have learned so far (not counting the modern languages):
- Biblical Hebrew (8 semesters at the University of Sydney, with background knowledge of inscriptional Hebrew, Dead Sea Scrolls Hebrew, and Mishnaic Hebrew)
- Biblical Aramaic (6 semesters ar the University of Sydney, with background knowledge of inscriptional Aramaic)
- Akkadian (3 semesters at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
- New Testament Greek (2 semesters at the University of Sydney + vacation intensive course at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
- Classical Greek (1 semester, Graecum at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Note: Certificates obtained from the above language courses can be sent to the relevant authority upon request.
Now I am picking up Latin at Potchefstroom! We are using Oxford Latin Course as our textbook. Further review exercises can be found on this really helpful website: http://www.umsl.edu/~phillipsm/oldrills/
By the way, do you know that more than 50% of modern English words are built on Latin? The grammar structure of German and Greek bears great resemblances to that of Latin; French, Italian, Portugese, and Spanish find their roots in Latin. European languages can be so utterly connected! 😉