Re: New Website! Chovur (with sound)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 12, 2002, 21:44|
Davis, Iain E. writes:
> > From: Joseph Fatula [mailto:fatula3@ATTGLOBAL.NET]
> > What sorts of things would you recommend? As I made up the
> I'm not the person being addressed, but peering at lesson 1:
> You may want to add two things:
> A short list of the vocabulary used in your examples.
> And comment on (if I puzzled it out correctly) what appears to be a VSO
> word order.
> Right now, the reader has to work that out from "elimination &
> repetition", that is:
> Looking at the sentences, I assume "se" being translated as "is" in the
> english, and that "kosich" is eats. Only because they're duplicated in
> sentences next to each other. Next, with a little more elimination, I
> can work out that horse is "senga" (because of the two different
> sentences with a horse). From there, if I assume that senga's position
> is significant, I can work out the rest.
> Something like (lesson 0, perhaps) might introduce a basic sentence and
> "break it down" so that the reader can see what is what in a sentence
> (and get 2-4 vocabulary items simultaneously).
> Without reading the whole thingl, I suspect what you're missing is
> explainatory text...you have examples that demonstrate the features of
> the language, but no supporting text to guide the reader so that he/she
> knows what they're being shown. :)
> I often have the same problem...I don't write enough text explaining
> what I mean (in everything I write...hmm...talking also). :)
Yes, these are the kind of things I was thinking about.
Significantly, a monoglot English speaker doesn't necessarily have any
clear idea what case is, or that some languages lack a definite and
indefinite article. It's not really fair to expect them to work out
how the language functions from five examples - even if they come up
with the right interpretation, they won't have any idea how generally
the rules apply. So far as I can see, you don't even provide answers
for the exercises, so the only way to tell if they've got it wrong is
to look out for a contradictory usage in a later example.