My name is Julia Youssef and you are probably wondering why I started this blog. Well here is a little bit more…
Who am I?
My name is Julia Youssef; I am currently in high school and just moved from Cairo, Egypt to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
What am I doing?
I will be posting blogs educating people about Egypt and its culture, society, history and economic similarities and differences. I will give you the perspective of an Egyptian rather than just the perspective of the media. I will be your own personal reporter!
Why am I doing this?
When I first moved here and introduced myself to people I was asked a billion questions. People who have moved to a different country will understand what I’m talking about. This is usually because people are so involved with their own countries problems and the media that they don’t see or realize what else is going on in the rest of the world.
Someone asked me this question which triggered or sparked this whole blog.
‘Do you speak hieroglyphics?’
My first reaction to this question was confusing. Surely they should know that Egypt has more than 7,000 years of recorded history and that we have evolved a lot since Ancient Egypt, right? It’s called Ancient Egypt for a reason.
So here is a little bit of a history lesson for you.
Hieroglyphics is considered the first language in Ancient Egypt. The script was made of three basic types of signs: logograms, representing words; phonograms, representing sounds; and determinatives, placed at the end of the word to help clarify its meaning. It was believed to be first used in 3200 BC and for the next 3,500 thousand years. Soon hieroglyphics evolved to Demotic Script which looks very similar to what is used today; Arabic. Another alphabet used in Egypt is the Coptic alphabet which emerged from the Greek alphabet and Demotic Script. The Coptic alphabet is still seen today in Coptic churches. Hieroglyphics and Demotic Script is not seen in every day but only in historical sites or museums.
Now that you understand who I am, what I am doing and why I am writing this blog, stay tuned for my next blog. This is only the beginning.
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