Coptic for All

Coptic for All

Level 2: Lesson 1

Indefinite articles


Coptic nouns need to be attached to either a definite or an indefinite article, this is somewhat similar to articles “a”, “some” and “the” in English language. However, Coptic articles are written in the beginning of each word with no space between them. In this lesson we will learn about the indefinite articles.

Singular nouns

The indefinite article for singular nouns is ⲟⲩ - Examples:
+ ⲟⲩⲙⲁⲩ - a mother
+ ⲟⲩⲣⲁⲛ - a name
+ ⲟⲩϫⲱⲙ - a book
+ ⲟⲩⲣⲱⲙⲓ - a man

Plural nouns

The indefinite article for plural nouns is ϩⲁⲛ
In Coptic, the spelling of plural words is often similar to their singular form, in this case we can tell if a word is singular or plural using the article attached to it - examples:
+ ⲟⲩⲙⲁⲩ - a mother   
- mothers
+ ⲟⲩⲣⲁⲛ - a name   
- names
+ ⲟⲩϫⲱⲙ - a book   
- some books
+ ⲟⲩⲣⲱⲙⲓ - a man   
- some men

Irregular plural nouns

On the other hand some Coptic words have different spelling in the plural form - examples:
+ ⲟⲩⲥⲟⲛ - a brother   
- brothers
+ ⲟⲩⲁⲗⲟⲩ - a child   
- children
+ ⲟⲩⲓⲱⲧ - a father   
- fathers
+ ⲟⲩⲥ̀ϩⲏⲙⲓ - a woman  
- women




Lesson 1 test

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Level 1

+ Learn the Coptic Alphabet

+ Read simple words and examples from the liturgy

+ Practice reading the Lord's prayer:

Ⲡⲉⲛⲓⲱⲧ ⲉⲧϧⲉⲛ ⲛⲓⲫⲏⲟⲩⲓ

Try some self study:

Level 2

+ Indefinite and definite articles

+ Present tense

+ Past tense

+ Possessive adjectives

+ Adjectives & association

+ Structure of Coptic sentence

Try some self study:

Level 3

+ Demonstrative pronouns

+ Negation of the past tense

+ Future tense

+ 2nd Past tense

+ Possessive pronouns

+ Studying the First Canticle

Try some self study:

Level 4

+ Imperative

+ Verb relation to object 2nd and 3rd degrees

+ Past continuous

+ Study the Lord’s prayer:

Ⲡⲉⲛⲓⲱⲧ ⲉⲧϧⲉⲛ ⲛⲓⲫⲏⲟⲩⲓ

Level 5

Advanced level, the curriculum will be tailored to the participants’ needs

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