I stumbled upon this forum a few days ago and I must say that I am pleased with what I see. At first, however, I was not too interested in coming to such a small forum, but then again, I just made the posting population one man higher, no?
Well I’m not overly good at introductions, so I will just throw out some information.
I am but 16 years of age as of November 23, and have recently found a delight in learning languages. I am already done with Wheelock’s Latin after five months of hard study, and am now 3/4 through Japanese after four months of lax study. Through all this study I have learned a good lesson: do not zealously study two languages at once! Especially not Latin with a language as far-fetched as Japanese! The two are almost opposites, they just don’t mix, and because of it I’ve started talking Latinese, as I call it.
I plan on learning Greek next, so this forum will help me yet again in the future.
But! To the point: I have finished Wheelocks too fast, and thus I know the grammar of Latin, but not enough words. I am thinking of buying Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis, but I want your advice. I have never been interested in Harry Potter books, and have until now avoided them. I know the book has very simple writing, and that’s what I want: 300 pages of easy Latin. You see, I am aspiring to speak Latin fluently, and the way I see it, there is no easier way to obtain a large vocabulary and learn to speak a language than reading lots of it.
Well, what do you think? Will it help me attain fluency, or should I stick with Caesar or other writers? Your information will be appreciated.
By the way, here is an amusing Latin site:
You may want to check it out. Maybe I should by that book for fun. Here are some of my personal favorites:
Threats Carry More Weight in Latin:
Prospice tibi - ut Gallia, tu quoque in tres partes dividaris.
Watch out - you might end up divided into three parts, like Gaul.
In tempore praeterito plus quam perfecto de te mox dicent.
People will soon be referring to you in the past pluperfect tense.
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules.
If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults.
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!
May barbarians invade your personal space!
Utinam coniurati te inforo interficiant!
May Conspirators assassinate you in the mall!
Utinam modo subiunctivo semper male utaris!
May you always misuse the subjunctive!
Wiretappers Don't Know Latin
Placetne tibi ut eum necemus?
Whaddya say we bump him off?
Let's stick up the joint.
Materiem habeo - habesne nummos?
I got the stuff - you got the money?
Bene! At scin quid faciam? Certum est mini subterfugere omnia vectigalia ei imposita!
Swell! Hey, you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna evade all the income tax on it!
Gaudete et valete.