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Mithrandír 28/Sep/2006 at 10:04 AM
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what whould you do to learn a language in Elvish?to what extent whould you bother going?
Brennaisolde 28/Sep/2006 at 11:43 AM
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Well Gothmorg,

I would be willing to take a course online or at our local university(like that would ever happen, but it sounds marvelous!) Is that what you’re talking about, or do you mean climbing mountains and defeating beasts in order to learn the Elven languages?  Just checking.

Aelindis 28/Sep/2006 at 12:17 PM
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Gothmorg, I have learned (and am still learning) Sindarin and also the basics of Quenya. Methods of learning and expenditure of time were roughly the same as with learning RL languages.
Mithrandír 28/Sep/2006 at 01:16 PM
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really?oh my, i wolud simply love to do that Aelindis!!!

thanks for the posts boys and girls.

i ment both by the way, Brenna.

Brennaisolde 28/Sep/2006 at 04:26 PM
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ok Gothmorg, just let me grab my trustee steed!
Mithrandír 28/Sep/2006 at 11:10 PM
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Kaulargorn 29/Sep/2006 at 01:28 AM
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I think it would help me a lot with my CV.How many competitors knowing elvish will exist?!

Seriously now, I think they are quite similar to the Scandinavian languages so someone from northern Europe will probably find it easy. The most difficult part for the student won’t be the learning of elvish language but the writing type of the letters. It’s like drawing. My handwriting would make it impossible for me to write in elvish!

Aelindis 29/Sep/2006 at 03:52 AM
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> Seriously now, I think they are quite similar to the Scandinavian languages so someone from northern Europe will probably find it easy.

Your flat assertion is somewhat surprising, Kaulargorn.
Could you please specify in what respect Tolkiens Elvish languages are "quite similar to Scandinavian languages" ?

lúrëa ranya 29/Sep/2006 at 09:55 PM
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Hey Gothmorg, awesome signature! Can I please borrow it for the header on my xanga (similar to myspace) site?
Cigfa 30/Sep/2006 at 03:56 PM
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I am currently learning Quenya, as well as the Black Speech from what I’ve been given. It’s easier than Quenya, that I can say
Aelindis 01/Oct/2006 at 01:46 AM
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Cigfa, as our knowledge of the Blach Speech amounts to 33 words (incl. suffixes) and a few highly speculative guesses about grammar, there would not be very much to "learn", actually. 
Serie 03/Oct/2006 at 01:44 PM
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Well I have bought two books which help you to learn Quenya.They are awsome!Also I have downloaded some programes which teach you how to write and speak.And I have something like a dictionary with words and phrases in sindarin.Further more I have many poems in Quenya.I don’t think there’s sth better I could do!
Magradhaid 04/Oct/2006 at 12:01 PM
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Serie, which books are that?
Estel Galnuath 05/Oct/2006 at 02:33 PM
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This question is for anyone who likes to write in elvish.  What symbols for the tehtar(vowels sounds) do you use.  I too Serie would love to know about the books and programs you are talking about.  Though I myself prefer Sindarin, they are both equally beautiful.
bukkworm 08/Oct/2006 at 08:08 AM
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I have to say if I was going to learn any language(I would much rather learn Dwarvish in school but I am stuck with French and Spanish) worth learning e.g. dwarvish or elvish I would study and study and study until I was OK at it.

May your swords stay sharp and your arrows fly swiftly!

Kalidor the elf 11/Oct/2006 at 08:35 AM
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I will do anything. There is a sindarin page on the Rivendell forum i am studding from that right now. If they began teaching The Elven languges at a school that would rock!

delainy 13/Oct/2006 at 06:19 PM
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Ohh i would love to learn all the ME languages especialy sindarin.

As to how far i would go,i would definity move to a different town if i found one with a university offering tolkien related courses i can just imagine going for a job interveiw ’’no i dont know anything about {insert job description} but im fluent in all Elvish languages and middle earth lore.

Lady Aikári 17/Oct/2006 at 02:59 AM
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Hmm, for me there only rest to search for a decent course on the internet and follow that through. In my country there are no lessons upon elvish in the universities, like they have in England. If I would to learn it, I would go all the way until I can see it as an another language to express myself in in daily life.  i think it would be excited....
Aelindis 17/Oct/2006 at 06:20 AM
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Lady Aikári, as far as I know, no university in England has ever arranged ’Elvish’ courses. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)
Very good Sindarin / Quenya courses in several languages are to be found on Thorsten Renk’s website Parma Tyelpelassiva.
At the risk of dampening your optimism: I can’t think of any situation in daily life, where expressing yourself in an Elvish language would be of avail.