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letter to my Latin prof

Salvete omnes.

Below you will find a short note that I have included on the back of a postcard for my Latin prof. Though it is now to late to alter it - haec inscripta sunt - I would like to know how I can improve my knowledge of personal letter writing and the diction that usuall accompanies it. From this exercise, I have learned that I don't have a very good knowldge at all ...
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Well then!

So ... well then ... all righty ... now, how do I say any of that in Latin? I still am now aware of a satisfactory Latin word or phrase for the English interjection well or well then.

Italian has allora and Spanish has ahora while French has alors. Obviously those are all vulgarisms and classical Latin must have had something very different — but what?

Gratias ago cuiquam ullam ideam habet.
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help with Aeneid

I know particular questions have been asked and answered here about specific questions, mine is more general. I am preparing to go to Grad school in Classical Archaeology, and due to a "hiatus" in my education it has been about 8 years since I have actually had a course in Latin. I am attempting to translate the Aeneid, which I previously started in school. The only problems I am having is checking my translations.....I believe ...
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looking for latin techers for the new wheelock group

To One and All--
As you may or may not know, we have started a new Wheelock, 6th edition, study group, which has drawn a lot of interest already. We have a Moderator, Benissimus, and Adelheid and myself, Christopher Shelton, are assistants. However, the school year is coming up quickly and we will need help correcting papers.
The material is elementary, for the experienced Latinist certainly: we are barely finished with the second chapter. The ...
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All Apologies

I've used the phrase "Me paenitet" a few times without knowing how it works. "Me" is the first person personal or reflexive pronoun in the accusative or ablative. "Paenitet" is second conjugation, PAI, third person singular. Literally it seems to be:

"It displeases/offends me," or "it is causing me regret." Me is a personal pronoun, accusative. Verus?
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Sixth (6th) Declension?

I'm on page 42 of Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina and came across the words "it" and "eunt." I looked them up using William Whitaker's Words online dictionary (http://lysy2.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/words.exe?it) and discovered that they are listed as being verbs in the sixth dimension, er, I mean declension.

Quid est? Declinatio sextus? Oi!

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Diacritics in Latin texts

Forgive me if this has already been asked, but I've long wondered about the (now obsolete) standard -- if it was a standard -- of using diacritics -- primarily the circumflex accent -- in Latin texts.

It is something that I have seen in very old Latin textbooks I have found in used bookstores. It seems to have been the standard in the 19th century and earlier.

There are only two patterns I have been ...
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Latin or Romace Languages


I recently looked into learning Latin and I researched a little history about it. From what I saw Spanish, Portugese, Italian, French, and Romanian all came from Latin and Vulgur Latin.

I was just wondering if I should learn romance languages first or Latin.
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Pronunciation and Spelling of u as a consonant

I'm using Reading Latin by Jones and Sidwell (Cambridge) - preparing to undertake a first degree.
This book insists on using 'u' as a consonant rather than 'v'. From what I've read this seems to be a bit of a zealots approach and is a little confusing - sometimes deciding which is consinant and which is vowel isn't easy.
Example, the opening chapters of the text (based around Pautus' Aulularia) uses the title word (which ...
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Lingua Latina - Gesture

I just noticed that on page 35 of Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina Marcus is fully expressing himself with a hand gesture. Ha! Don't get to see this in many primers! Marcus puer improbus est.

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