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Georgian Language for Beginners

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2022-2023

Admission requirements

Not applicable.

Description

The course “Georgian 1 – Georgian for beginners” is a course for beginners, intended for non-native speakers of Georgian. Georgian is one of the world’s oldest languages. It is very important and interesting from a linguistic point of view, as well as from cultural and anthropological points of view.

Some general issues of the modern Georgian language will be analyzed, such as:

  • Georgian alphabet,

  • Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Numerals,

  • Number and declension,

  • System of the Verb,

  • Some syntactical structures.

And as the course is intended as an introduction to Georgian as a foreign language, lots of practical exercises will be presented as well.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course “Georgian 1 – Georgian for beginners” are:

  • To provide students with a general knowledge of Georgian.

  • To develop students’ necessary insights for analyzing Georgian data.

  • To make students practically use their Georgian speaking skills

Timetable

The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method

Assessment & weighing

2 written exams (each accounts for 50%), the first in the middle and the second at the end of the course, with closed-ended and open ended-questions.

Resit

In consultation with the teacher.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

All material needed, will be provided by teacher Brightspace

  1. Ramaz Kurdadze, The Georgian Language 1, A Practical Course of the Georgian Language for Foreign Students, Fourth edition, Tbilisi University Publishing House, Tbilisi, 2022.
  2. M. Nikolaisvili, N. Bagration-Davitashvili, Georgian Language (Intensive course), Tbilisi, 2012

Registration

Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Registration Studeren à la carte: not applicable.

Contact

  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc., contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats.

Remarks

Course outline

Week 1
1. Georgian alphabet (11 letters) with corresponding lexical material. System of declination in Georgian: Nominative case, formation of nominative case forms. Dialogue. Exercises.
2. Georgian alphabet (11 letters) with corresponding lexical material. System of declination in Georgian: Vocative case, formation of vocative case forms. Dialogue. Exercises.

Week 2
3. Georgian alphabet (11 letters) with corresponding lexical material. Singular and plural forms of noun, formation of plural forms with suffix -eb. Postpositions with the dative case -ze, -shi. Dialogue. Exercises.
4. Names of countries and origin I (dissimilation, word-building), an exercise; Names of countries and origin II (dissimilation, word-building), an exercise; Personal pronouns, the verb q’ofna (to be) in the present tense, a particle, a negative conjunction, exercises.

Week 3
5. The verb q’ofna (to be) in the future tense, an exercise; The genitive case; Exercises.
6. The verb q’ofna (to be) in the past tense, exercises; More functions of the postposition -ze and the question word romeli (which), exercises.

Week 4
7. The dative case; Postpositions with the dative case; The verb khat’va (to draw with a pencil)1: vkhat’av (I draw him/her/it) in the present tense; the verb khat’va (to draw with a pencil) 2: mkhat’avs (he/she draws me) in the present tense; an exercise; Table 1 – subject person markers; Table 2 – object person markers.
8. The verb q’ola (to have – with humans and animals) in the present tense, an exercise; Extended forms of the adverbs of time, an exercise; A sentence without a predicate and a folk poem.

Week 5
9. Vocabulary, colors; Degrees of comparison of adjectives; The verb kona (to have – with inanimate objects) in the present tense, exercises.
10. Numerals; Exercises.

Week 6
11. The verbal form (me) mkvia . . . (my name is . . . ), exercises; • Word-building, the suffix -ian, the circumfix u- . . . . . -o, exercises; Inversion, the verbal forms: (me) minda (I want), (me) mts’q’uria (I am thirsty), (me) mshia (I am hungry), exercises
12. The postpositions -gan, -dan, -idan, an exercise; The verb tsnoba (to know) 1: me vitsnob mas (I know him/her, I am acquainted with him/her) in the present tense, an exercise; Exercises, word-building: the circumfix sa- . . . . -o; An exercise, word-building: the circumfix me- . . . . . -e.

Week 7
13. Postpositions with the instrumental case, an exercise; The verb tsnoba (to know) 2: is mitsnobs me (he/she knows me, he/she is acquainted with me) in the present tense, exercises; An exercise, word-building: the suffix -oba; An exercise, word-building: the circumfix me- . . . . . -e.
14. The verb tsodna (to know): me vitsi is (I know it) in the present tense, exercises; An exercise, the word-building suffix -ier; The functions of cases; Table 3 – subject and object case markers according to the future, present and past tenses; The verb ts’era (to write) in the future, present, past tenses; exercises.