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26 June , 2013, 04:37:10 am
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pronunciation advice
« on: 26 June , 2013, 04:37:10 am »
i'm learning Coptic because I like it and it interests me
both the gnostic and orthodox forms of Christianity led me to the language but skipping by all this...
I've made a short video of first attempt at speaking and looking for feedback

i'm guessing it's pretty clumsy and contains numerous mistakes
my sources for pronunciation have been scholar's books and what I could find on the internet regarding the most original forms.


21 July , 2013, 02:21:38 am
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Re: pronunciation advice
« Reply #1 on: 21 July , 2013, 02:21:38 am »
Hi Martin,
Thanks for caring so much about pronunciation, most researchers just care about the meaning.
We can not know for sure the exact pronunciation of the Coptic language
Not just because its dead but also it has been alive for so long that its pronunciation must have changed between the centuries

The text you was reading is in Sahidic, Sahidic pronunciation is harder to guess accurately because it died long time ago while Bohairic continued to be used in Church for prayers
Even Bohairic's original didn't survive and church replaced it 200 years ago with a westernized pronunciation (the one you are using in the video you made)

You can watch some videos for the original pronunciation (or at least attempt to get as close to it as possible) in these videos

29 April , 2014, 10:39:01 am
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Re: pronunciation advice
« Reply #2 on: 29 April , 2014, 10:39:01 am »
Dear admin,
Ekhrestos anesty
Coptic language is not dead.
ari`hmot `slyl e;byten anon pi`cnau