Skip to comments.LATIN 1: THE EASY WAY
Posted on 09/25/2004 12:02:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
I used to teach this subject. I use a method that's a little different than the standard, a method aimed at results, not tradition, and no need to learn grammar at the outset, when you've got enough new things to learn. If you learned by the traditional method you may find this radically different; but trust me.
(Excerpt) Read more at cherryh.com ...
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Took four years of Latin,taught the old fashioned way.:-)
And a BIG "HI" right back at ya. :-)
I love this! Thank you! I always wanted to learn Latin but was daunted. How much easier it is to learn things when they are explained in a clear and logical way.
I took 4 years of Latin and consider it one of the few good decisions I made during my high school years, LOL! I like reviewing periodically so I will definitely check this out. Thanks!
Neat site -- thanks!
NOw I have to go do some class work
Who you callin' a eunt???
LOL! I remember that.
Four years of Latin in high school and years of classical (and Modern) Greek...the best top down decision my parents ever made for me.
Two years of Latin then dropped like the worthless dead language it is. Worst top down discision my parents ever made for me.
I'm a huge fan of Cherryh's writing--one of my prized possessions is a signed 1st edition of Cyteen--so I know this site will be good. Thanks for the link.
you're most welcome!
pingus-i-o-um-o...or is it pingum-i-o-um-o?...or---no...
I've always wanted to learn more Latin -- I'm limited to the few phrases I learned in Catholic school -- and this will be a great help. Thanks for the article.
Thanks for the ping. :-)
(and the author recommendation)
Dang! I never knew C. J. stood for "Carolyn Janice"!
It's a tradition among female science fiction writers to adopt such ambiguious pen names as "C.L Moore," "Andre Norton", and of course, "James Tiptree". Leigh Brackett's real name, however, was Leigh Brackett.
The course seems fun, but I get tiny squares for some of the letters. Not all, but some.
Huh... maybe a font problem? It's lookin' fine here. If Cherryh is using some kind of font that your home system doesn't have, it'll substitute a different font, and the substitute may not have any character assigned for that ASCII code.
Anyway, here's the direct links (Cherryh changes filename styles):
1. An Brutus Caesarem occidit? Is Brutus killing Caesar?
2. An Caesarem Brutus occidit? Is Brutus killing Caesar?
Why isn't the second one, Is Caesar killing Brutus?
It has to do with the suffixes... She's showing that word order isn't always as important as it is in English. Or should I say, order always word as is important English not it is as in.
I'm not surprised. I took Latin in HS for 2 years. The first year was instructive. The second year, after the teacher from the first year died, we had a batty old lady who -- no joke -- was barely north of a nervous breakdown. I don't know if she had had a stroke or just wasn't very bright (not good for a teacher). Anyway, I learned less Latin that second year than in the first 3 days of the previous year. Needless to say, I pretty much took the year off but still made a good grade.
In college, I needed 4 semesters, and a local college offered all 14 hours of a language during a summer "intensive" program. The only two classes offered were Latin and Portuguese. I would have taken Spanish if offered, but decided against Port. and still had to take the class. Turns out the Prof was a little laid back. Smart, and knew the material well, but the class was supposed to run 8-12. He arrived at about 8:10 at the earliest. By about the third week, I started getting there at 8:30 to his greeting of, "good morning __, how's it going", and it wasn't scarcastic. We'd take a break about 9:20 that lasted at least 45 minutes, then knock it off between 11:00 and 11:15 just about every day. It was a 5 day a week class, but he went out of town most Fridays. We met maybe the first 3 weeks full time, and that's it.
The class wasn't easy, but it wasn't hard and there wasn't much of it. I know very little Latin now, but I can't say that's anyone's fault but my own. All in all, college language training sucks. I've since taken a Spanish class and they are all worthless. Instead of learning to speak the language first and then getting into grammer (kinda like we all learned our native language), they try to do it all at once. Pimsleur style tapes with 5 days a week class sessions doing nothing but speaking the language would teach students faster than any other method I'm aware of.
Makes sense, but I'm dense. Even read a few of her books. Her method of teaching Latin is easier.
I still don't get that one. It looks like it should be: Is Caesar killing Brutus? It's actor/actee/action with a question in front of the name Caesarem.
Ah! OK, I got it now. Thanks!
Thanks for the link!
I got everything but the short story in Latin. It wasn't there.
About 10K words in our language are derived from Latin. It's all stems and endings. Verbs are similiar to nouns. "To hear" is audîre. "I hear" in Latin is expressed as "hear I", or "audiô. "You (singular) hear" is "audîs, "He/She/It hears" is "audit". Plural of these are "audîmus" (we hear), "audîtis (you hear), and "audiunt".
I remember, years ago, when Compuserve was first new...corresponding with C. J. in the Sci-Fi areas. On a 300 baud modem. What fun. 72327,120 was my user number. Funny the things you never forget.
That sounds like fun. I'm already getting the OED word-of-the-day. If they would just lower the yearly price, I'd sign on (so would thousands of others). Why don't companies understand that when you drop the price, you get more people buying? Maybe they WANT to keep it expensive and exclusive.
Color me clueless. Oxford English? If so, very expensive. Like I said earlier, about 10K of English words are derived from Latin. One book I read stated that a basic vocabulary of 1000 Latin words was HUGH. Textkit's vocabulary service is FREE, and you can get as many words a day as you'd like, as well as on-line reviews/tests to see how you're doing. I've seen another site that has a on-demand vocabulary test as well.
Mrs. "Bloody Sam" Roberts? ;o) I remember folks standing in line to access one of the 2 1200 baud modems, and tables of 300's sitting idle. String and cans would have been faster.
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