because i wanted to use the latin alphabet

The Elementarium, by Isobel Winter  

What is it?

The Elementarium is a script based on the Latin alphabet that I created about three years ago.

What is it for?

Initially I created The Elementarium as a way to write down spells, sigils, and other magical words that had anything to do with the elements, or that I wanted to embellish with the power of the elements. These days I use it for all magical purposes. Is especially effective as protection and spell charms.

Who is it for? Can I use it?

Anyone who wants to use it! I’m opening it up to the wider public because I feel that they would benefit from a magical script to use that they know was written by a witch, instead of using one in which they are unsure of the origins or rules. I’d love to see what you use it for; please post a picture and tag me in it, or tag it as #elementarium.

Why use it?

Unlike conventional linguistic scripts, this one was invented specifically with magic in mind. It automatically has a deeper connection to your inner energy. I created the script by meditating and then writing symbols down with my eyes closed, visualising how they would fit into each letter.

A letter from my language isn’t on the script, what should I do?

Send me an ask telling me which letter this is and I will create it! When I wrote it I was learning Norwegian and Swedish, hence why those letters are present. But I truly believe that everyone should be able to write magically in their own language, so please don’t be afraid to send me a request.

Can I get a tattoo of it?

Of course! I have a friend who did so and it looks great, I’m waiting on her to send me a picture so I can show you all. Just make sure you don’t mess up how you’ve written it down; I don’t want to be blamed for a shitty design.

Choosing a Language

One of the things I struggle with most as an aspiring polyglot is which language to learn next. As a native English speaker, there are tons of resources available through apps and books, so it seems the options are endless. I made this post to show what checklist I usually go through to figure out which language I want to learn.

  1. Start by creating a list of all the languages you want to learn. For each, go through these questions.
  2. Why do you want to learn a second (or third, or fourth) language?
    1. If it’s for practical purposes (ex. you want to study abroad somewhere), your decision is pretty much made up!
    2. If you want to be able to use it frequently, I would suggest Spanish or Mandarin, two of the most-spoken languages (esp Mandarin!!). If you live in an area or country where people speak multiple languages frequently (like Quebec), then you’ll have plenty of conversation partners.
    3. If you just want to learn a cool new language, that’s okay too! Language learning isn’t about a destination. I normally go with what I’m interested in. A lot of times I draw from history and pop culture to find a language that I think would be neat to know.
  3. What kind of materials are available?
    1. A lot! Check out the langblr tag or your specific language for masterposts on common languages!
    2. If you want to learn a language that doesn’t have a lot of information, that’s okay! Don’t give up because it’s hard! You can check out this master post on how @lovelybluepanda learns languages and adapt to fit your needs.
    3. Remember that even if it’s not on Duolingo and doesn’t have a bunch of free MOOCs, the information is out there. Even if you have to google individual descriptions (ex. “french past tense”) to learn about different grammar concepts, you’ll get it eventually. While having a book or website to lay it all out neatly might help you, it’s not the only way you can learn a language. If you’re ready for the challenge and you want to devote a little extra time to planning, it’s worth it.
    4. In terms of vocab, I would suggest getting a dictionary or finding a good (not google translate) one online.
    5. Don’t forget to check your local library if you’re studying a popular language! The books might be a bit old, but the basic ideas are the same.
  4. How much time can you devote to this language?
    1. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend each week on learning a language, it might be easier to start with a language of the same alphabet/similar alphabet as your own. That way, you already know the sounds the letters make in isolation.
  5. -Who can I talk to/how will I use this language?
    1. We all want to be able to use the languages we learn.
    2. For me, this means I’m less likely to learn Latin, because most people don’t use it, but if you’re into Greek/Roman writing, then talking to another person might not be one of your goals.
    3. If you have a friend or family member that speaks your target language, you’re in luck! Also if you live in a community where people often are bilingual, you can practice with people in your town.
    4. Tumblr! The langblr community is great. Go through the tags and see if you can find someone studying your target language. 
    5. Having trouble finding a speaking partner? Ask around. If you have friends who travel frequently, they might know the basics of some languages or know native speakers.

There you have it! By the time I’ve finished thinking through starting, learning, and speaking in a target language, I’ve got a good idea of how time consuming it will be, which means all I have to do is fit it into my schedule.

Daily Georgian 01

Today I try to become a langblr! I’m gonna start with some comically small daily tasks and see how I keep it up.

So for Georgian, I’m going to go through Georgian Language and Culture: A Continuing Course, which is what I used my last year of college. Gonna skip the dialogues at the beginning though, because those are all super clunky.

So first up is prose translation! And the first excerpt is from მე, ბებია, ილიკო და ილარიონი! I did this one for class, but years ago! My goal is five lines a day, but that’s basically nothing today, since everything here is names lmao.

General note for anyone interested: bolded words are those I didn’t know. I’m open to including ipa/latin alphabet transcriptions if anyone wants that ahaha.

-ჩიგოგიძე!  >>    Chigogidze!

-ვარ, მასწავლებელო!  >> Present, teacher!

-კალანდაძე! >> Kalandadze!

-აგერ ვარ, მასწავლებელო! >> I’m here, teacher!

-სიხარულიძე! >> Sikharulidze!

Hello everyone!  I’ve had some friends asking me to give them a reference sheet to see if they can learn to write in my Phonetic Script, and I figured maybe some of you nerds would be interested.  I know it’s a little crowded, but I wanted to fit all of the notes onto one page.  This should contain everything you need to start reading my diary and writing like a wizard! 

I’ve been writing in this alphabet in my sketchbooks for about 2 years now, and it’s getting harder and more strange to write in the Latin alphabet and use Arabic numerals.  I started doing this project for a number of reasons, but largely as a way to visualize the sound of words and the cadence and music in spoken language, but also because there are so many redundancies in the English written language as well as holes.  We have sounds we have no letters to accurately describe, and letters that have multiple sounds so that you don’t always know how to say a word just by reading it.  With this script, I’ve tried to make it possible to describe the pronunciation of any word from any language.  I have mostly been writing in English and French, and I find I am constantly combining characters to make certain sounds that are more rare.  Some of the permanent characters in the alphabet were constructed in this way.  For instance, you can see that TH is a combination of T and H, as in English.

A particular favorite section of mine is the color notation - if you can get yourself to adopt the associations of colors to these 10 basic shape/line forms (numbers?!), then these complex glyphs at the bottom of the page will start to read as colors mixing.  Or maybe not, I have no idea how much of this can be learned by a muggle.

At some point I will post about the calendar and time notation, if there is interest.

send me an Ask with any questions or if you want a little tutoring, or even a piece to practice translating! 

ya nerds