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Welcome to Communal School!

The first two lessons for Communal School were posted in my personal journal. I will recreate them here, for convience.

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Please, I beg for corrections. They will not offend.

Italian
Alphabet and Pronunciation
Little Italian Pronunciation Guide.
At AskOxford. - with soundfiles

Italian: Non so.
English: I don't know.


Spanish
Spanish: No sé.
English: I don't know.

I'm assuming lisdude knows the pronouns (and probably the conjugations of ser and estar? if not, comment, I'll do those next), so, skipping those... here's a word I like:
Quíen - Who
Quíen es? - Who is that?

Gaseosa bebidas - carbonated drinks
azucar - sugar
sin - without
Gaseosa bebidas sin azucar - diet soda


Quote
"The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated." - Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philsophies for the Use of the Young
I think that's an appropriate beginning;)


Astrology
I'll ask opticonite to say where I should start here, which thing she wants to know first/more. Profiles of the sun signs (starting with Aries), or the importance of rising signs?

And I feel the need to comment, myself, that Taurus/Gemini is an extremely strange cusp. Extremely hard-headed, seems to not have a mind to change, and then suddenly changes it--and is just as solid in that decision.


Random Facts
Hugh Laurie's first novel, The Gun Seller, is about terrorism, and is hilarious on every page.
The first five US presidents were: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.


Extra Credit, Optional
Otherkin.net : Articles : Tolerance versus Gullibility - this article has some good advice on how to think, how to educate yourself.
Bisclavret, an old French story about a werewolf.
(Chris, is that pronounced bees-klahv-ray?)

Tomorrow's lessons will include much rambling about garlic, and possibly memory palaces.

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Memory and Learning
To understand that tarot cards, astrology symbols and animals, and pretty much everything else to do with high magic, are tools, not the things themselves, you must understand memory palaces.
Memory palaces are structures you build in your head, to remember things. Other people can explain it much better than I can; I will link to articles. Read them.
The pictures on tarot cards, the symbols of astrology--these are the pictures from inside someone's head, they're memory tricks. If you understand them this way, it's all much easier to remember. I'm not saying you have to build memory palaces yourself (though this is a good idea, and is probably easier for some of you than for me. My mind is so fragmented...), just that it helps to know that this was/is the method of memory used by magicians and scientists (astrology was a science at one time).
Matteo Ricci, a mathematician who built an elaborate memory palace, converted many Chinese people to Christianity by assuring them that with God, they would have the strength to build palaces of their own.
Further reading: Mappa.Mundi Magazine - Memory Palaces, The Memory Palace (at the Hannibal Lecter), The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan D. Spence, very short biography of Matteo Ricci.


Italian
Pronouns
io - I
tu - you, informal
Lei - you, formal
lui - he
lei - she
noi - we
voi - you, plural, informal
Loro - you, plural, formal
loro - they

Memorize these! I'll skip Italian tomorrow to give the alphabet and pronouns a chance to sink in.


Spanish
Pronouns
yo - I
tú - you, informal
él - he
ella - she
Usted - you, formal
nosotros - we
vosotros - you, plural (Spain)
ellos - they, masculine
ellas - they, feminine
Ustedes - you, plural (Latin America)

Ser - to be (permanent)
yo soy
tú eres
él es
ella es
Usted es
nosotros somos
vosotros sois
ellos son
ellas son
Ustedes son

Estar - to be (temporary)
yo estoy
tú estás
él está
ella está
Usted está
nosotros estamos
vosotros estáis
ellos están
ellas están
Ustedes están

Spanish: ¡Demasiado, por favor!
English: Slow down, please!

Spanish: Ella lleva la llave en una bolsa amarillo.
English: She carries the key in a yellow purse.


Food
Garlic, Allium sativum
Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral; it is the main ingredient in Four Thieves' Vinegar, a useful guard against flu, plague, and pretty much anything else. For this purpose, it is, of course, best taken raw.
As a seasoning, garlic should be first peeled, sliced (or cut into chunks or halved or whatever), and then salted. The garlic cells react in some strange way, trying to make themselves saltier, I think, and this all makes the garlic taste much better. My favourite way of enjoying garlic is to then bake it in olive oil and butter, and then just eat the garlic like candy. Or put it on bread. Or on pasta.

Here's what I've already written about garlic, from Kronophagia MOO's Herb Room:

--- Listing for: garlic ---
Allium sativum

Garlic is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system, and, in small doses, aids in digestion. In larger doses, it can impede digestion.

Dosage is fresh, in food, or in tablet or capsule form; fresh is best, but sometimes hard to handle, for obvious reasons.

The oils from garlic can irritate sensitive skin. This said, it is good to endure the sting and press cut garlic against a wound, for its anti-bacterial properties. Finish the treatment with a bit of honey (to stop bleeding and speed healing) and a bandage.
--- End of informational listing. ---

Further reading: The Garlic Information Centre, The Gilroy Garlic Festival, MC's file on Four Thieves' Vinegar.


Quote
"You are neat." - Sati, by Christopher Pike


Extra Credit, Optional
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Latin
Mica, mica, parva stella,
Miror quaenam sis tam bella.
Super terra in caelo,
Alba gemma splendido.
Mica, mica, parva stella,
Miror quaenam sis tam bella.
(source)
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