Egyptian Hieroglyphs Made EasyTM
Egyptian Hieroglyphs Made Easy* by Professor Scott Noegel is an interactive CD-ROM designed with both the beginner through advanced student in mind. Ease into hieroglyphs with an introductory section devoted to guide you through the program. Sign recognition and word games build vocabulary and test pronunciation. Egyptian Hieroglyphs Made Easy is a complete course unlike anything on the market today.
Please see the above menu links, Introduction, Signs, Lessons, Writing and Print for more detailed information about the Egyptian Hieroglyphs Made Easy CD-ROM.
The hieroglyphic script was the longest lived and earliest form of the Egyptian language. Its use was limited primarily to religious and monumental inscriptions, whereas a more cursive script called hieratic was preferred for administrative and epistolary purposes. Hieroglyphic Egyptian employs pictures of objects, each with its own value, to form a complex system in which some signs represent sounds (phonetic signs), and others represent meaning (logograms).
All hieroglyphic signs can be divided into five basic types: Consonants or Monoliteral Signs, Bi-Consonant or Biliteral Signs, Tri-Consonants or Triliterals Signs, Logograms, and Determinatives.
Monoliteral signs represent a single consonant like "b" or "p."
Biliteral signs stand for two consonants like "ms," "km" or "kp."
Triliteral signs stand for three consonant like "nfr" or "wsr."
Logograms are signs that represent concepts or entire words, such as "pr" meaning "house."
Determinatives are signs that serve to classify the word according to type, like birds, people, gods, things involving the mouth, things made of wood, etc. Determinatives appear either before or at the end of words.
Acknowledgment of font: The hieroglyphic fonts used on the Egyptian Hieroglyphs Made Easy CD-ROM are available from Linguist's Software, Inc., PO Box 580, Edmonds, WA 98020-0580 USA tel (425) 775-1130; www.linguistsoftware.com .
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