Smythe wrote:Since we're resurrecting a dead thread, let me ask this: I am currently a beginning Latin student and so conversational Latin seems to be on my far horizon right now. I would try it now, as I'm learning the basics, but I have no one to speak it with and Evan Millner's chat board (Schola)seems beyond me in my current state. Any recommendations? Or should I just work on my pronunciation and grammar right now, and pick up conversations later?
As embarrassing as it might feel, but do speak to yourself, aloud. Describe what you do when you do something. It feels very awkward, but as long as you’re alone it shan’t really matter! When I was younger I used to pretend I had my own cooking show on telly and spoke to ”the audience” in English whilst preparing my food. That among other things, I believe, helped me to gain oral fluency in English (without actually speaking to an English native speaker before the age of 17!).
Reading aloud, a lot, cannot be hurting either. You could even do the exercised in the book that mr. Millner uses in his Latinum audio-course by reading them aloud to yourself. And, if I am not mistaken, there are a lot of lists and even books regarding the phrases you need to speak colloquial: there is even a list, divided in several posts, somewhere on this forum (however, I cannot, sadly, recall where).