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So-Called Latin Pronunciation

The arguments over the pronunciation of Latin and how the Romans spoke
in this forum can only make one laugh.

For the first thing the Latin we read and study was never a "spoken language" It was a formal literary language that was used by the educated
classes and was artificially developed on Greek models. This language was
used for writing and formal speeches but was never spoken (Much like
Shakespeare is read outloud and ...
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Hymnus Europae

saluete omnes

Just discovered this version of the Hymnus Europae

Est Europa nunc unita
et unita maneat;
una in diversitate
pacem mundi augeat.

Semper regant in Europa
fides et iustitia
et libertas populorum
in maiore patria.

Cives, floreat Europa,
opus magnum vocat vos.
Stellae signa sunt in caelo
aureae, quae iungant nos.

I prefer the original, though - I think Schiller's poetry is just a little bit better than mr. Roland's efforts ...
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Usage of J, I and V and U

Why do so many modern books use u instead of v in the lower case?

The Romans wrote in capital letters and used the letters I and V.

In the eight century lower case letters were introduced.

The letter U was not introduced until the tenth century.
The letter J was introduced in the seventeenth century.

Since the excuse is often given that I and U are used for both
consonant I (J) and U ...
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Usage of Fore

I have read that fore is used for "futurum esse" but how do you
know when to use one or the other?

Would the following sentences be translated in the same way? :

1. Dixi eum fore tutum.
2. Dixi eum tutum iri.

Also, would "Dixi eum futurum esse tutum" be the same as sentence one?
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adeo vs. tam, word order

What's the difference and when should you use each of "adeo" and "tam"? I'm going through North and Hillard right now and it seems like they just randomly choose between them.

Another thing that he seems fairly inconsistent about is word order with esse. Sometimes he separates the words being copulated, and sometimes not (is there an unemphatic ordering...?)

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Some good friends of mine have been teasing me for studying Latin, a dead language, and I thought it would be funny to cuss at them in Latin next time they do so (we swear at each other enough in English, so it won't be taken personally). Does anyone know any obscenities that I could use?
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Consonantal U: V or W ?

I have recently come across a very compelling and rather shocking document on Latin pronunciation, quoting the Latin grammarians themselves, on exactly what the Romans had to say about the sound of consonantal u, which is most often spelled as v in contemporary texts. I have taken great pains to transfer the section dealing with consonantal U in full, with my own BBord italicizations, emphasis, and transliterations to add clarity. Notate: if I make a ...
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What is the Latin of "I love you"?

thank you~
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I'm trying to decipher the origins of the name "Lauren," whose general etymology is relatively clear to me: it is related to "Laurence," which comes from the Latin Laurentius, meaning someone from the Italian town Laurentum, meaning "of laureling," or the like, assuming the hypothetical verb laurere to generate the present participle laurens. And that's all well and good. But how does one arrive at the more simplified "Lauren," lacking consonants thereafter. "Laurena" is ...
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is there any software or web site can provide accurate pronounciation of LAtin words for us to listen to?
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