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Does any one have a link, or a list of what the names of the consonants are?

For example in Greek A=Alpha, B=Beta, etc.

Or do they simply pronounce them like we do in English??

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Long Vowels vs. Short Vowels

Ok....I've read the first chapter in D'Ooge, and I have a question about the vowel O and U in both long and short varieties.

When you pronounce these long and short is there a noticable difference?

The examples D'Ooge gives to me don't sound very different. The only difference that I can tell is that with short O and U I proncounce the vowel a little farther back in my throat. Is this right??

Thanks ...
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I think I might try my hand

I've been seriously considering trying to learn Latin for a while now. I have downloaded D'Ooge, and printed up the first chapter.....I think I'll make it my nighttime reading for a while and see how easily it comes (or doesn't come) in the next couple of months. Part of the problems, is my brain has been on hiatus since school has been out....if I don't get some cerebral stimulation before Sept when school starts I'm ...
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Latin for Beginners on eBay

For anyone who is interested, D'Ooge's Latin for beginners is available on eBay for $4.99 plus $2.17 shipping. (NAYY)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1
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Translation of a phrase

Could this phrase be translated into Latin? "Youth and skill are no match for old age and treachery."
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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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