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I think I'm abandoning my learning of Latin

Postby JLatin1 » Fri May 13, 2005 11:36 pm

I've come to the point where after a year a Latin, I feel like wasting my time. My teacher really hasn't inspired me to want to learn the language. She almost seems kind of neutral about it. Not that Latin isn't a beautiful and interesting language, but there are other languages that I wish to focus on. These are at the present time, Spanish and Hebrew. I do not know whether or not I will learn a lot in Spanish class at school, but I will certainly go out of my way to try to get something out of the course.
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Postby cweb255 » Sat May 14, 2005 12:11 am

Vale.
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Postby Episcopus » Sat May 14, 2005 6:15 pm

Say it ain't so I will not go!

If you would desert Latin for Hebrew then I agree with your decision to leave this language :shock:
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Postby Interaxus » Sun May 15, 2005 1:58 am

How can anyone learn Latin who can't even speak/write his/her own language? If Jlatin1 "feels like wasting his time", let him do so. If Episcopus is a foreign speaker of English, I forgive his unintelligible sentence construction. Otherwise, perhaps he should put Latin and Swedish on hold? :(

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Postby Sebastian Swift » Sun May 15, 2005 2:11 am

Interaxus wrote:If Episcopus is a foreign speaker of English, I forgive his unintelligible sentence construction.

Unintelligible? Perhaps that monstrous chip on your shoulder is impairing your ability to read English.
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Postby yadfothgildloc » Sun May 15, 2005 2:34 am

shalom aleichem, chever. v'gam, hasta la vista.
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Postby Interaxus » Sun May 15, 2005 3:35 am

Salve Sebastian,

Which chip are you referring to? Please explain "Say it ain't so I will not go". Is that a quote? Alsö, isn't "If you would desert" a bit antiquated?

Salve yadfothgildloc,

I think learning Hebrew is a great idea. Some fifteen years ago I learnt the rudiments of Arabic (a close relative) and recently I ordered a beginner's course in modern Hebrew from eBay but it hasn't arrived yet. As-salaam alay-kum!

Salve JLatin1,

Please excuse my temporary pique at someone leaving the fold. In fact, you give the most reasonable reason of all - an uninspired teacher. Mejor suerte la proxima vez!

Salve Episcope,
Stetson! Hypocrite lecteur! Mon semblable!

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Postby Interaxus » Sun May 15, 2005 10:50 am

Upon reflection, I see that my original comments were totally out of order. Sorry, all! :oops:

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Postby mingshey » Sun May 15, 2005 12:54 pm

Hi, JLatin1!
I'll tell you something. My high school physucs teacher had succeeded in convincing most of the students physics was a dull and boring stuff. He also had a suffocating voice, say, he could suffocate you by just talking to you, even if you didn't understand him, or did understand him. And the lectures were already intolerable for this one thing, so the fact that the contents of the lectures lacked any inspiration hardly mattered.
But I enjoyed my physics study on my own and majored in physics in the college.
I just tell you this, but things are not all the same for everyone.
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I might do a little Latin independent study.

Postby JLatin1 » Mon May 16, 2005 10:06 pm

We'll see how things go. I might not abandon Latin completely, but maybe I will do an independent study in my spare time. Next year I'll probably be studying either Hebrew or Spanish in school or possibly both. That would mean 3 languages at a time. I think it's doable.
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Re: I think I'm abandoning my learning of Latin

Postby Carola » Mon May 16, 2005 11:27 pm

JLatin1 wrote:I've come to the point where after a year a Latin, I feel like wasting my time. My teacher really hasn't inspired me to want to learn the language. She almost seems kind of neutral about it.


I too suffered from a boring Latin teacher - somehow I stuck with the class but didn't continue with any further studies. Now 40 years on I am back studying it at university and loving it! Don't think you are abandoning Latin, just putting it on hold!

As for Episcopus' English - it is unique. I hope he keeps writing in the same way for many years to come. English needs him! Let's not get all boring and pedantic, would you rather he wrote like the people who make up government by-laws? Now they really insult the language!!![/b]
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Postby amans » Tue May 17, 2005 9:35 pm

Hi Jonathan,

I wish you every success in your Hebrew and Spanish pursuits. Just don't forget that you learnt something from Latin, too! I think Latin gives you a basical understanding of languages, but if you find other more languages more useful, you are, of course, free to do so. Don't forget, btw, that there are many Greek geeks here, too, should you become intereste in that language.

Generally speaking, I think we're a lot of language fanatics in here: Swedish, English, French, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Coptic.... it's basically the same: learning a language and immersing one self in a foreign culture.

Don't forget your friends in here: tell us about what you learn! :)


P.S. Episcopan English -- where is that practised?
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Re: I might do a little Latin independent study.

Postby Barrius » Thu May 19, 2005 2:05 pm

JLatin1 wrote:We'll see how things go. I might not abandon Latin completely, but maybe I will do an independent study in my spare time. Next year I'll probably be studying either Hebrew or Spanish in school or possibly both. That would mean 3 languages at a time. I think it's doable.

3? Three? I can't even master English, and it's been decades! :D

I love Latin, just wish i had more time for it.
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