I decided to start my own Youtube channel and with that channel I decided to start a Sindarin Lesson series that's entirely in Sindarin (with English subtitles, and probably subtitles for other languages eventually).
So what do you guys think?
Here's the first lesson/episode that I just published, (be sure to turn on subtitles by pressing 'CC')!
Your pronunciation is superb! How long did it take to write the script and make the video? I think you're awfully brave for doing it entirely in Sindarin, as someone who would never make videos at all I have to commend you for that.
Thank you! It took me around a day or two to write the script; but in total it was more like a few or more hours. The thing is, I didn't write it in English originally; I wrote it in Sindarin with the dictionary on hand, and then I went back and re-read the script several times to check for mistakes, and I finally translated it to English at the end after finishing the video when I needed to do subtitles. I'm hoping to do a video every week or, at the very least, every other week. The most difficult and lengthy part was making all the frames and then lining it up with the audio. It's not perfect and I don't have a lot of experience with video editing and film making, but I do my best! This is by far the most time and effort I've put into a video and I actually enjoyed it. Hopefully more Sindarin learners will watch it and benefit from it!
I've had this open in a tab to watch since you posted it, and now that I have--WOW! That was really good! You've seriously motivated me to practice my speaking of the language, because you sound like Sindarin was your first language.
Aha, Thank you, Vyc ! Gin hannon! I'm really glad you enjoyed it so much.
1) That's good to know and it certainly helps!
2) Eventually, I'll probably make a sort of "side lesson" for those interested in learning the Beleriand mode, and that's actually a great idea to compare it with the Tehtar mode! For the moment, though, I'm going to focus on lessons about grammar and practical use of the language, and I'll be using the tehtar mode for these lessons. (Also, I have a bit of a bias for the Tehtar mode, hehe.)
3) Haha, was that example too much?
I'm currently working on the second lesson covering basic greetings, introducing oneself, and basic questions (wh-words and yes/no). I've finished the script and I've started working on the visuals; it should be up sometime over the next few days!
I'm thinking, once I get more lessons posted, about possibly doing a second series (but in English instead of Sindarin) where I analyze and breakdown the grammar presented in excerpts of Sindarin. I'll use a mortal character for that one, though, so elf Lamaeron can take a break
But, seriously, kudos to Xandarien ! If it wasn't for this website, the lessons she's put together, and all the Sindarin resources she's brought together, then none of this would be possible... Or, rather, it would be a monumental 'naeg-e-chach' task! XD
XandarienVyc If we're talking about Lamaeron the elf, then yes, the she-elf is a friend of his and Sindarin's her first language of course! But if we're talking irl, then that's not actually my friend, it's just me doing some mediocre voice acting and editing it with audacity.
Before I published the video I was thinking, "I hope the she-elf voice sounds believable and isn't too ridiculous", but apparently it's pretty believable!
~Captain late to the party here: I found this video months ago and I was thinking something along the lines of " Vi i eneth Tauron this dude's pronunciation is miles better than mine!" and still I'm not remotely close to your skill, awesome job!
Amy: Hello! I am confused about the verb nautha-. In lesson 17 the dialog at the start has “nauthog” for “you think”, then “semin” for “I think”. Is nautha- one of the irregular verbs? I can’t find anything else it in the lessons or dictionary. Thank you!
Jul 12, 2020 2:56:39 GMT
Xandarien: Suilad! There have been two verbs used for 'to think', I apologise for the confusion. There's Nautha- 'to conceive an idea, think' and Sam- 'to think. Sam- should have been removed everywhere as it was a reconstruction that we don't need. I'll change that.
Jul 13, 2020 8:47:43 GMT
Amy: Thank you! I really enjoy the lessons. Len hannon!
Jul 14, 2020 2:16:08 GMT
Halcyon: Suilad, Mae l’ovannen!
Sept 11, 2020 15:15:50 GMT
Halcyon: I’ve just started taking these lessons, and I’m really learning a lot already! The format you’ve presented the lessons in is easy to navigate. Thank you for creating this website!
Sept 11, 2020 15:17:34 GMT
Teryn: Wow, this website is amazing! I started the lessons two days ago and I'm already using phrases with some friends of mine. Thank you sooo much for creating this, I can't tell you how helpful it is!!
Sept 14, 2020 23:34:15 GMT
Xandarien: You're both very welcome, and if you're 16 or over don't forget I have a Discord
Sept 15, 2020 19:46:27 GMT