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Postby Джек » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:40 pm

Salvete!

Hi, I'm Jack. I've been studying languages since the beginning of secondary school, so for about seven or so years now. I took French and German for A level and am now studying Russian at university. I have a keen interest in languages and ancient history, which is where my desire to learn Latin has come from. I would eventually like to be able to read about the Romans in their own language. I am a complete beginner. I do not consciously know any Latin outside of what is similar to English and French. I am aware of the Latin cases, although I have not as yet made an attempt to commit them to memory. I have ordered Lingva Latina, so will be getting into Latin fairly soon. Can anyone suggest a good way of getting started? Is it better to hang around here and learn vocabulary, or is it better to learn the grammar inside out first? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you very much.

Jack
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Postby thesaurus » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:47 pm

Salve, Jacobe.

If you've already ordered Lingua Latina by Hans Orberg, I'd suggest starting by reading that from beginning to end, slowly and with repetition as necessary. That will teach you more vocabulary than you could hope to learn yourself out of context. If you have some down time before you get it, I suggest reading the beginning chapters of some traditional grammars (many available online). Lingua Latina will teach you the grammar, but it helps to read the rules and paradigms on your own. Alternating between these two approaches can bring success.
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Postby Джек » Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:32 pm

If I am so brave as to attempt to write in Latin, please correct any mistakes I may make. Thank you
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Postby bedwere » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:29 pm

Джек wrote:Salve



PS - Are the lines above some of the letters in Latin compulsory to put in, or are they just there are pronunciation aids for learners?


No, but the macrons tell you that the vowels are long.

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Postby Джек » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:57 am

Gratias multas :)
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Postby Lucus Eques » Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:02 pm

Amici, what pronunciation site can we recommend for Jack to get started in? Does Alatius's site cover vowel length and such?

Alatius, could you provide that link?
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