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Hieroglyphs are Not the Same as English - Translation Guide

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The hieroglyphic language contains more than two thousand symbols, some representing words, others representing full ideas, and others representing sounds (phonetic). Depending on how the symbols is used, the same symbol might represent an idea in one hieroglyphic sentence, and a sound in a different sentence!    Since it is a phonetic language, the symbols represent sounds.  For example. the Basket symbol is a hard “C” sound, used to start the name Carla, or Cleopatra, but  it would not be the correct choice for the name Cindy, since the English letter ‘C’ now represents the soft C, or ‘S’ sound,...

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Ramadan Mubarak! 2020 Celebrations are a Challenge in Egypt

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Ramadan Mubarak means Blessed Ramadan.   Every night, for the 4 weeks of the Islamic month called Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast during the time between sunrise and sunset (not even drinking any water). It is a time to reflect on all the gifts of normal life, and also to think of those less fortunate.   They break their day-long fast at sundown with a meal called "Iftar". It is very common to have 20 people or more at the table. In Egypt, many local businesses set up tables open to anyone passing by. The Ramadan of 2020 is certainly a big...

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Egyptian Cartouche Pendant - Video of How It’s Made in Egypt

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The owner of Discoveries, Steve Collins, travels to Cairo several times each year to meet with the workshop to help them produce the best possible jewelry for our customers.   We order cartouches every week of the year, sending the specific hieroglyphic symbols for each pendant, and our staff in Cairo delivers the orders to the workshop to make sure that each cartouche is made correctly. After a week or so of hand-crafting the orders, our staff then checks the quality before sending them to our warehouse in Colorado, where we make a final check and carefully package    ...

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