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HellkatTuesday 15th of March 2005 08:15:44 PM
Latin Help - I'm new, only know a few words, and not sure if the pronunciation is right or not. I would like to be able to speak it in a semi-fluent way, so putting words together would help alot. If anyone would like to help me in whatever spare time they have, you can talk to me here, or MSN is sxehellcat@gmail.com, and you can also e-mail me there, it would be greatly appreciated thank you. If someone would like to tutor me online, its a possibility I could pay as well.
carla1604Tuesday 15th of March 2005 10:13:46 PM
Latin - Hi Aaron, :)
your post made me curious… Why do you want to speak Latin fluently? Latin is quite a dead language…I think there are very few latin-speaking people in the world, Latin isn’t spoken in Vatican either: only solemn Masses are celebrated in Latin. There are some newspapers issued in Latin though, and new words are added to Latin dictionaries from time to time (see my post at [url]http://www.phrasebase.c../../discuss/read.php?TID=3629[/url]
). And about pronunciation… Who knows? No ancient Romans are here to tell us, so you shouldn’t be too concerned about it. :D
Anyway, studying Latin is good to better understand modern languages, mostly Romance languages. Italian is about 80-90% Latin derived, and english has a large amount of Latin derived words.
I took Latin at school for 8 years but I can’t recall very much of it. Anyway, I think I could be able to answer questions… try to ask me.

Carla ;)

HellkatWednesday 16th of March 2005 11:09:00 AM
- well thank you for the response...I want to learn it because I am studying alot of ancient things quite frequently and keep finding myself running into latin and greek, and then having to get it translated, and I'd just simply like to learn to make it much easier. I don't have particular questions other than really what would be the best way to start learning?
harawerTuesday 29th of March 2005 02:36:32 AM
Latin pronunciation - Well indeed there are two conventions for pronouncing Latin.

As I've learnt Latin from Spanish, I don't know their actual English names, but I guess they may be called "Germanic" and "Eclesiastical" pronunciation systems.

Indeed there are people that speak latin fluently. Of course they aren't many (maybe less than those who speak Esperanto, to mention another non-living language), but they do exist.

Germanic pronunciation tends to pronounce regularly: C is allways [k] and G is allways [g], and there are no digraphs representing different sounds.

Eclesiastical pronunciation is much like Italian way of reading Latin: C becomes like English 'ch' and G becomes 'gee' before e and i, gn is as in Italian or French, etc. There is a handful of simple rules.
KrulTuesday 26th of April 2005 07:24:43 PM
- Latin elements are found in almost any European language, approximately half of the English vocabulary is derived in some form or another from Latin words.

There are 2 pronunciations for Latin;

Ecclesiastical, is the pronunciation according to the church. Historically this pronunciation is incorrect though.

Classical pronunciation, this is the way latin was spoken as far as it is known. Although maybe not entirely correct, it is really close. Thousands of linguists have studied countless books and works for clues how Latin was spoken and this was their result.

Classical pronunciation is recommended unless you plan to join the church.

cuzTuesday 03rd of May 2005 12:17:22 AM
Why speak Latin? - I am thinking studying Latin. The reason is because I was under the impression that many languages, especially European languages, are based on Latin. Therefore I feel that if I had a basic understanding of Latin other languages would be easier to learn. Does anyone find this to be true or untrue??