Hello there everyone
. Just posting to say Hi for the first time. I'm just beginning the study of Latin (using Wheelock's 6e, revised, but I also plan on getting M&F sometime in the future), and I have a question on classical Latin pronunciation. Especially in reference to one of the audio examples on the Wheelock's Latin site in the alphabet. How exactly do you pronounce Å¸ Graeca? I haven't been able to understand the tone exactly (and it has been driving me up the wall a bit). Another example was provided with the pronunciation of the word "DionÃ¿sius" -- which was still a bit unclear. I thought about What the word y graeca meant, greek u, and listened to it again. It sort of seems like a gutteral/back-of-the-throat/maybe nasal oo sound, with a hint of a y at the beginning. Any help on this? (I might be wrong to be fidgeting so much over a pronunciation like this -- being that Latin is ancient and we supposedly might not know how it's all pronounced, or so I've heard, but anyway.)
*AHEM* Aside from that long question, some personal info. I'm a nineteen year old guy who lives on the Eastern seaboard of the US.
I'm interested in languages (just for the heck of it, for one -- I love how words roll on the tongue), and also because I like to see ideas that classical authors had to offer. There's a lot of wisdom in the Ancients, I believe. Most probably a heap more than 90% of the books and print media out there today. One thing I need to do to encourage the interest though, is not spend as much time playing text games on the 'net and wasting time on black holes like Youtube, etc. (:oops:) But that's all in a day's work.
If anyone's interested, I'd be delighted to chat it up with anyone on the forum some time through IM or other means. (What else does a guy my age have to do? Besides school and such, though I took a break off this semester.)