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Happy Palm Sunday! 
29th-Mar-2015 06:44 pm
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Today is one of those weird days that happens because you do all your holiday stuff before the actual holiday. Next week is General Conference, so today was the day to teach the Easter lesson in Primary. (You can't just not teach the Easter lesson. It's the most important event in the history of mankind.) It was kind of cute, because I only had the one girl in my class, and I asked her, "Do you know what happens next week?" "Easter!" "Do you know what Easter is all about?" "The Easter Bunny comes and brings candy and hides Easter eggs!" Her excitement was adorable, and now at least I knew the lesson wouldn't be boringly repetitive to her. So I told her the story of Easter, and I asked her what she remembers about Easter. "The Easter Bunny comes and..." Ah, kids.

Anyway, because of the importance of Easter, we wanted to make sure the kids paid attention, so we figured we could show some videos, because that's the one sure-fire way to get them to sit still for a few seconds. So we looked at the Bible stories videos on the LDS Gospel Library app...and decided we really don't like most of them. It's those Creative Differences again. We did find one that we liked, but it's really more geared at people who already know the story, and it has a lot of text on it, and references to historical events that the kids wouldn't have known anything about. It's pretty cool, though, so go ahead and check it out!

Then we came home and ate the Easter cupcakes that one of the women in our ward gave to us (the same woman who made the brigadeiros). They were packed with Reese's pieces eggs and candy confetti and little pearly candy things that were amazing and I want to go buy some. I think they tend to have them at the cake decorating sections of craft stores. We saw them when Mom started getting into cake decorating, but we never tried them until now, and they're, as I said previously, amazing.

And while I was making our weekly call to Mom, Logan called Athena on her phone and talked to her about his Primary lesson, which I guess wasn't about Easter. It was about birds and insects, and Athena asked him what insects he likes. Sarah asked if he likes ladybugs, and he said no. And we guess he's the one that brought up spiders, because then Sarah said, "We like your teacher, but she got that wrong. Spiders aren't insects. But they are bugs."

And we also spent some more time learning languages. Interestingly enough, I feel like German is much closer to English than Irish is, which probably isn't all that surprising, because someone would have come from that area and invaded, and that would be why there are multiple languages anyway. (Well that and the whole importing French and Latin and whatever. I don't know much about the history of the English language, but I do know that it's complicated.)

Today I'm thankful for Easter videos that I like, those cupcakes being really good despite the lack of cakiness (the cake part was taken up with candy; at first I was upset because these days I prefer the cake part of cupcakes to the frosting, but the candy and the frosting were all really good, so it worked out), finding out that Logan definitely has not been turned off of calling us on the phone, getting to play Follow the Prophet Jeopardy in Primary (Athena tells me a few of the kids were like, "What's Jeopardy?"), and fun learning languages.
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30th-Mar-2015 12:44 am (UTC)
German and English (and Dutch, gotta represent my own ancestry) are all from the same language root/family, aren't they? So they're definitely similar. Like English grammar and sentence structure has a lot more in common with them than with Latin-family languages. Sometimes I look at or hear Dutch and can aaalmost understand, without having ever studied the language. Irish though... I dunno but I figured that was something else entirely. Their spelling is mind-boggling for one. (my conclusion after watching Song of the Sea and then seeing the characters' names in the credits. like, whoa.) I guess you're pointing it out because of the geographic closeness of English and Irish speakers, though? From that angle, it is interesting that the languages aren't so similar.

...and then I got sidetracked reading things on Wikipedia. If you read some of the pages on Anglic Languages (English, Scots, and a couple other extinct branches) it does indicate a bit more intermingling with the Gaelic/Celtic family (reading the excerpt from Matthew 1 was fun!). But that's still more in vocabulary and spellings and pronunciation: the structural stuff was probably already established at that point.

Which reminds me, I came across a link to a video about the original pronunciation of Shakespeare's English (based on various evidence, like how writers described the pronunciation at the time, or words that were intended to rhyme (uh like I just UNintentionally did there), or how people spelled words phonetically rather than under a standardized system) and when the people in the video demonstrated it, it didn't sound at all like "proper" British English as we think of it now, but more like one of those Scottish/Irish/dialect accents as we think of them. Here's one example. The original video I saw was titled Shakespeare Original Pronunciation (it may show up in the related video sidebar), which features the same guy and his dad.

Anyway, happy Palm Sunday to you too!!
30th-Mar-2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are, and we were aware of that, but it was still a little unexpected, because of the proximity of England and Ireland (isn't half of Ireland in the same country as England right now?). It's like how Spanish and Portuguese and Italian are very similar, and you think, "Well of course. They're all so close to each other." But, as I suggested with the invasion comment (admittedly badly written; I was still trying to get my thoughts together), if it was something like, for example, the English invading America and the native people staying separate and keeping their own language, then it makes more sense that English and Irish would be so different.

Having dabbled in English, Irish, German, and Romantic languages, we can say that even the grammar of English has been influenced by all of them, though. For example, we have yet to come across German plurals that end in S, but you get them in Romantic languages all the time. We're still trying to figure out syntax in German, though, so we're not ready to make a good comparison on that.

We saw that video, I think! Was it the one where they talk about how the jokes in As You Like It all make sense now? The new one is interesting, too. The process of figuring out the original pronunciation is fascinating. It will be interesting to go in a time machine and find out if they're right about it.
30th-Mar-2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for expanding on your original thoughts! I see what you're getting at better. Your insight about English grammar being influenced by the Romance languages is interesting too! I hadn't realized that about plurals.

"It will be interesting to go in a time machine..." though?? What new technological advances are you in on? :D
31st-Mar-2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
Haha, no, it's just that I was originally writing a different thought, then I changed it and didn't manage to fix all the parts that needed fixing. It would be interesting.
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