Ð”Ð¶ÐµÐº wrote:Right. I'm going to see how it goes to start with without one; being at university, I'm having to live on a tight budget. I will end up trying to write my own Latin, however that day is a long way off and Lingva Latina will be enough for now. How does the book explain cases endings and such? Is it clear from the context what the words mean, or do they explain it like any other textbook would do?
Ð”Ð¶ÐµÐº wrote:Wow, that is quite an achievement, well done! Well, there's probably no point in me getting carried away with the other volumes of Lingua Latina just yet; the first weighty tome still hasn't arrived yet. I've got to work memorising the noun declination tables; they're a little more extensive than those of German and indeed those of Russian. Technically, though, it's the article that declines in German, not the noun.
Are there any tips that anyone can give me on memorising these never-ending declinations? I think I have mastered when to use each case, however now there's the big task ahead of memorising all the many declinations and no doubt thousands of exceptions to the rules!
I think the tips on memorising declensions are a personal thing
Ð”Ð¶ÐµÐº wrote:Yes, I'm aware of what little German noun declination there is left; I didn't see the point in going into it, as we are discussing something far more important than German
Lucus Eques wrote:And as for English itself â€” you say you don't like it very much. I didn't either at one time. But then I immersed myself in Latin and Greek, and found that English is really a vessel for these bastions of litterature, culture, art, science, you name it. Perhaps Latin will for you, as it did for me, allow me to appreciate much more fully my native tongue.
I'd hope that we can appreciate English as more than the empty vessel or trash bin of classical languages (not sure this was your argument, and no diss on Latin and Greek themselves). I think you'll find that it's easier to romanticize languages one doesn't speak natively... the same goes for the rest of the situations we're born into. I'm sure English would look pretty appealing to many a Roman or Greek.
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