Having completed Collier and Manley's excellent "How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs" I tried to find a follow-on book to pursue my studies. I tried Gardiner but gave up in the struggle, despite my background in linguistics and languages. I then found this mighty tome, which at first looked almost as formidable an objective as Gardiner. However I slowed my daily intake and it became much more manageable.
Each chapter has an exhaustive (sometimes exhausting!) explanation of a point of grammar, but I found making summary charts for myself as I went along a great help in understanding and absorbing the material, and for reference later (in later chapters the author provides his own summary). Then comes a very interesting and pretty thorough essay on some point of Egyptian culture/religion, which helps in understanding some of the ideas in the exercises as well as the Egyptian mentality in general. The exercises are the last section of the chapter. They are only from Egyptian to English (the author reasonably assumes people want to read and understand not write Egyptian) but they DO come with answers. The emphasis is on transcribing and translating. I found this very useful in trying to remember things, especially as I am not good at learning things by heart. I worked through the sentences in small manageable groups and made full use of any notes provided. If I got what I thought was the meaning of the sentence I looked up and checked the answer. If I got stuck, I had no scruple in going to the answer to get myself out of difficulty before carrying on. In this way I did not get too disheartened and learned from my mistakes. This reinforced the learning from the grammar section.
All in all the book has given me new hope, and taken at the right pace gives me a sense of achievement.
Over all I am enjoying the book and have a sense of making progress.
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