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Foreign Languages

8 Hour Marathon for Hebrew Literacy
Hasia Richman
Mon Jan 12, Tue Jan 13, 04-08:00pm, W11 Hillel Center

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 09-Jan-2004
Limited to 25 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Fee: 30.00 for study materials

If you know anything at all about Jewish living or Jewish culture, but you donít know even one letter of the Hebrew alphabet, this class is for you. Be part of an eight hour Hebrew reading marathon. You will learn the aleph-bet of Hebrew, become familiar with 300 words for Jewish living, and develop a love and appreciation for Hebrew. No prior knowledge of Hebrew required.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/hillel/www
Contact: Katya Myer, W11, x3-2982, katyam@mit.edu
Sponsor: Hillel

A Brief History of Constructed Languages
Jacob Schwartz
Mon Jan 12, 07-08:00pm, Room 2-146

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Learn about the history of universal and constructed languages, from their beginnings in the writings of philosophers to actual language projects in the last century, including a brief survey of internet resources for the constructed language hobbyist.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esperanto/
Contact: Jacob Schwartz, (617) 718-9814, quark@mit.edu
Sponsor: Societo por Esperanto

Esperanto Conversation Group
Erin Piateski
Tue Jan 20, Thu Jan 22, Mon Jan 26, Wed Jan 28, Fri Jan 30, 12-01:00pm, W20 Coffeehouse

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This is an informal discussion group, in which the participants practice conversational Esperanto. It is intended for students who have learned the basics of Esperanto grammar, but have not had much (or any!) experience with practicing their skills in a conversational setting. Participants will practice conversational skills for a variety of settings and topics.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esperanto/
Contact: Erin Piateski, (617) 452-4454, piateski@mit.edu
Sponsor: Societo por Esperanto

Esperanto Literature Seminar
Jacob Schwartz
Sat Jan 10, Sat Jan 24, 31, 03-05:00pm, TBD

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: Reading ability in Esperanto

This is an informal seminar for improving spoken and written Esperanto skills while reading original and translated literature from around the world. Participants will read short works or selections and will meet to present and discuss the readings.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esperanto/
Contact: Jacob Schwartz, (617) 718-9814, quark@mit.edu
Sponsor: Societo por Esperanto

Esperanto for Beginners
Jacob Schwartz, Erin Piateski
Mon-Thu, Jan 5-8, 12-15, 06-07:00pm, Room 2-146

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Esperanto is a simple yet expressive language that is spoken by millions of people in over 120 countries who are interested in communicating with others, regardless of their native languages. Esperanto is easy to learn and use, and in this fun introductory course you'll quickly learn sufficient grammar and vocabulary to begin using the language outside of class. We'll also look at contemporary culture of Esperanto, showing how some young people are using it today around the world.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esperanto/
Contact: Jacob Schwartz, (617) 718-9814, quark@mit.edu
Sponsor: Societo por Esperanto

Korean Language for Beginners
Jason Kim
Mon Jan 26 thru Fri Jan 30, 04-06:00pm, 2-139

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Learn basic Korean language and impress your friends the next time you are at a Korean restaurant! No prior knowledge of Korean required. The course will introduce Hangul, the Korean Alphabet, and phonetics, practice reading and forming basic words, and end with simple situational conversations such as formal/informal greetings, ordering at a restaurant, and cultural etiquette. Participants can practice their learning at the upcoming Korean lunch table in the spring.
Organized by the MIT-Korea Program Initiative.
Web: http://www.mit.edu/~hansori/iapkorean
Contact: Jason Kim, jkim@mit.edu
Sponsor: Center for International Studies

Learning African Culture through Swahili
Adnaan Jiwaji
Tue Jan 13, Thu Jan 15, 07-08:00pm, 24-619
Tue Jan 20, 07-08:00pm, 24-619 Cancelled
Thu Jan 22, Tue Jan 27, 07-08:00pm, 24-619
Thu Jan 29, 07-08:00pm, 24-619 Cancelled

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session
Prereq: none

Come and learn the fundamentals of the Swahili language, the most widely spoken African language. You will also learn a lot about African culture and African village life including craft work, paintings, music, books, and videos from Tanzania (the home country of the activity leader).
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esg/www/iap
Contact: Adnaan Jiwaji, 24-619, 255-7674, adnaan@mit.edu
Sponsor: Experimental Study Group

Oy!! Learn a Bisl Yiddish
Yuri Vedenyapin Harvard Univeristy, Undergraduate Student
Thu Jan 22, 07-08:30pm, Room 1-135

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 17-Jan-2004
Single session event

Come learn a bisl (a little) Yiddish! This fun, introductory session will teach you the essentials of speaking Yiddish. Learn words, curses, phrases, jokes, and even a few songs. We will also look at the place of Yiddish in modern Israel, speak about the coexistence of Yiddish and Hebrew, Zionism and anti-Zionism, religion, atheism, and Yiddish literature. No prior language knowledge is required.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/hillel/
Contact: Katya Myer, W11, x3-2982, katyam@mit.edu
Sponsor: Hillel

Russian Language for Beginners
Katya Myer, Julia Khodor
Mon-Fri, Jan 5-8, 12-15, 20-23, 26-29, 10-11:00am, Room 4-231

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 05-Jan-2004
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Fee: 20.00 for study materials

Feel like a kid again! Come play with letter blocks and sing songs for an hour a day four days a week. Oh, and learn Russian in the process. Zaitsev Method is a highly effective novel way to learn Russian (or any other language). Even if you have never seen Cyrilics before, we will teach you to read, write, spell, and speak Russian. You will learn to read and pronounce new words correctly, acquire basic spelling and grammar rules, and develop a sizable vocabulary, all while seemingly engaging in no more than "child's play."
Contact: Katya Myer, W11, x2-3329, katyam@mit.edu
Sponsor: KBH

Toki Pona: Fun and Cute
Jacob Schwartz
Tue Jan 20, 07-08:00pm, Room 2-146

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Toki Pona is a "maximally minimal" language. It was constructed with only 120 words and with only the simplest to pronounce sounds. Toki Pona tries to follow the Taoist philosophy that "simple is good." In order to lead a simple life, one needs a simple language; or perhaps a simple language will lead to a simpler life. Whether you accept the philosophy or not, Toki Pona is fun to speak.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esperanto/
Contact: Jacob Schwartz, (617) 718-9814, quark@mit.edu
Sponsor: Societo por Esperanto


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