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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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Iliad X 418

"hossai men trwwn puros escharai"

Whatever does this mean? "As many hearths of fires of the Trojans..."? And how does it fit with the rest of the sentence?

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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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Reading Speed

I'm ruined on reading. My reading speed and style are hampered by reading (really studying not reading) massive amounts of theological material. I've always been leary of gimmicky speed reading courses. They seem to work for a few people. Most of these schemes fail to explain how and why they work in concrete terms.

I'd love to hear any thoughts from the textkit folks on becoming a better reader. Its not ability to read difficult ...
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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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I am working through White, and I have a question (I'll probably be back later with many more).

The sentence is from 134: kai\ Tissafe/rnhj diaba/llei ton Ku=ron pro\j to\n a)delfo\n w(j e)pibouleu/ei au)tw|

My translation goes: and Tissaphernes slanders Cyrus ... that he is plotting against him.

My problems are:

- How would you translate pro\j to\n a)delfo\n. I guess it is the accusative which surprises me here.

- I fail to see ...
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Summon or summoning

I'm looking at "The Poet Horace Contemplates An Invitation" text in chapter one of Wheelock. The first sentence reads:

Maecenas et Vergilius me hodie vocant.

This sentence uses the verb vocare, in the present tense (of the indicative active). I tranlate it thus:

1. Maecenas and Vergilius summon me today.

But, I also think I could translate it this way:

2. Maecenas and Vergilius are summoning me today.

The last one seems ...
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