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Egyptian for Kids, Lesson 2: Determinatives

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About Hieroglyphs and Determinatives:

The pictures that Egyptians used for letter sounds are called hieroglyphs, and the type of writing is hieroglyphic. It means sacred writing in Greek. Scribes were people who wrote, painted or sculpted hieroglyphs for a living.

Something that uses pictures instead of letters to make words is called a pictogram or a rebus in English.

Hieroglyphic writing takes so much time that scribes and artists skipped vowels to speed things up and put in determinatives instead. If we did this in English, it might look like the pictures in the worksheet.

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Egyptian for Kids Lesson 2: Determinatives