One of my majors was philosophy, and I started studying Latin before my Junior year, so I know where you're coming from. I think you'll find that a broad linguistic and classical knowledge will supplement your studies in unexpected ways.
I'm approaching my two year Latin anniversary this summer, and I'm happy I started as soon as I did. I've been studying Greek on my own intensively for about six weeks now, and I look forward to reaping the fruits of my labor. Mihi crede, amice, you're in the hardest part right now, and Latin will start to become a pleasure and not a chore after you've mastered the grammar and are at leisure to sip from the cup of Latin literature.
As for keeping your skills sharp, regular practice is key. I recommend getting a copy of Lingua Latina Vol. 1 by Hans Orberg, which you'll see is recommended perennially on this site. It'll reinforce and greatly expand everything you've learned in your schooling.
Ireclan wrote:*Obligatory "Salve!"*
Well, I've wanted to learn Latin (classical Latin. Never had much of an interest in the medieval stuff for reasons I will not go into here) ever since the seventh grade. But I didn't have the money until just recently. And, unfortunately, my printer has run out of ink, so, I can't start studying just yet (I type my notes etc. on the computer). But in a few months I should be able to start.
bedwere wrote:I studied Latin in high school in Italy, my country of birth. High school lasts five years there. I picked it up again after I joined a Gregorian chant group here in the States. I love all kinds of Latin and I'm studying (Attic) Greek on my own. To keep it fresh in my mind, I read books in Latin (sometimes with parallel text ). Among other things, I'm reading one article of the Summa a day. I love the Angelic Doctor!
Aquinas wrote:Nice. This summer will mark one year of Latin study for me. My school offered the the first two Latin classes (1010 and 1020) last summer, so I took advantage of the opportunity and took those two classes, which normally take two full semesters, in two months time. I just finished 2010 and 2020 a few weeks ago.
In the last class, we translated most of cena trimalchio from Petronius' Satyricon. It was pretty interesting and definitely made me realize how limited my vocabulary really is. Coming from the safety of the Oxford Latin Course textbook, in which 85% of the words are straight from the vocabulary, it was a real kick in the pants to have to constantly be looking up the words that Petronius was using. It was very frustrating and discouraging.
I'm gonna check out that Lingua Latina; I've definitely seen it mentioned here a lot.
Aquinas wrote:If you're in a Gregorian chant group, you must be a one of a kind. That's awesome. So I assume you speak Italian?
Aquinas wrote: If so, I bet that really helps with the Latin, huh?
Aquinas wrote:Just think, if you were to master Latin and Greek, you could read The Divine Comedy, The Aeneid, and The Iliad and Odyssey in the original languages. You would then rule the universe.
Aquinas wrote:And you're a fan of Aquinas! I read a little bit of Anselm in Latin, but I haven't tried the Summa yet. You're reading it in Latin, right?
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