Translation quizzes

17 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 7 Mar, 21 Mar 2011

For each of the spring quizzes, you will be asked to translate either separate sentences or a short passage of Old English. Unfamiliar words will be glossed. However, you will be expected to remember what you learned last term, and you should thus be able to recognize and translate words from all noun and verb paradigms in the textbook, as well as all common pronouns (§§15–22) and prepositions (§214), all infinitives from the strong verb cheatsheet and all inflected forms from the straightforward strong verb handout, as well as the vocabulary from the first five pages of the In Parentheses flashcards. In addition, words that regularly come up in our translations this term will count as cumulative vocabulary: though never formally identified as vocabulary items, words occurring more than a few times in our readings this year may make an appearance on the quizzes (this also means that common verbs from the strong verb cheatsheet may appear in their inflected forms, unglossed). It thus pays off to reread regularly the texts we have already covered! Finally, words glossed on an earlier quiz will not be glossed again; they may thus be considered cumulative vocabulary as well.

To help you keep up your vocabulary, I have set up an online flashcard system containing all of the vocabulary and much of the grammar from the fall term, and the glossed vocabulary from the spring quizzes, at In addition, the site helps you practise your competence at translating whole sentences by going over the example sentences from the fall slides—over 200 of them! Some of these may appear in identical or modified form on your quizzes this term, particularly the first two quizzes, but they will still be glossed where necessary so don't feel that you have to memorize these—just practise with them.