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by Michaelyus
Mon May 07, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: here we go again...
Replies: 26
Views: 6085

As a person who has (madly?) taken on a lot (though not really as much as you have), I can say that all you need is a tight schedule (and a good sense of planning). Prioritisation is necessary, but you can do as much as you are willing to fit in. If you are good at combining activities it would also...
by Michaelyus
Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Representing Long Marks on Latin Words
Replies: 4
Views: 1375

In Microsoft Word:

Insert > Symbol > [find the letter] > Shortcut key > [press the keys you want, for example Ctrl + Shift + Dash, Shift + A] > Assign > OK
[find next letter] > Shortcut key > [press the keys you want] > Assign > OK

...and so on for the rest.
by Michaelyus
Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why the Classics?
Replies: 31
Views: 7772

half or a third is small enough for it to be insignificant, in that it defeats the object of having a 'french' or 'latin' qualification. they should just make all degrees 'ancient history' or 'french cultural studies' or 'classical archaeology' or 'floral decoration studies' Indeed, there actually ...
by Michaelyus
Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: And also: Google Books followup
Replies: 22
Views: 5539

Now are we all clogging up our systems with this 27MB+ pdf?
by Michaelyus
Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:07 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: adjective formation questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1637

Just as long as people can understand it (and you decline it correctly) it will be OK.

BTW there may be confusion between "therefore" and "because".
by Michaelyus
Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: saluete
Replies: 60
Views: 15753

Salve Episcope! So did you do the now-deceased AQA Latin at A-level, or are you on the no-A-level-classics-necessary course up in Cambridge? Well good luck in Clare's (nice little college, but beware of little East End of London types on school trips [like me]), and hope you can break out of Indo-Eu...
by Michaelyus
Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Wikipedia, good, bad or ugly?
Replies: 21
Views: 5843

I can't view some of the languages on Wikipedia; this old computer here is just not cut out for so many different languages. :cry: I quite like to use it for the most basic of information. If someone told me to research something that I'd never seen before, Wikipedia would be first step, to give me ...
by Michaelyus
Wed Aug 09, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death in Pompeii - Asphyxiation or Thermal Shock?
Replies: 13
Views: 11903

Well, the pugilist pose is caused by extreme thermal shock to the muscles. They adduct very quickly and the limbs all draw in (if they were killed by pyroclastic surges). The fingers tighten (hence the pugilist reference). However, certain people are on their stomach etc. This could be down to the a...
by Michaelyus
Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: help with preparing for the latin SAT 2
Replies: 12
Views: 6203

Those sample questions are ridiculously easy. They just cannot be a reflection of the test, can they? I mean, SAT 2 is a university qualifier, isn't it - yet I only got a few questions wrong on them? In Britain, A-levels are very much the university qualifier. They do not have any questions like wha...
by Michaelyus
Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death in Pompeii - Asphyxiation or Thermal Shock?
Replies: 13
Views: 11903

It is my understanding from this book that most of the inhabitants died due to asphyxiation, and were buried afterwards (he says it was wet ash that caused the casts of the people to be preserved). Many of the people were found to be covering their mouths with their clothing, which would also indic...
by Michaelyus
Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Reduplication
Replies: 24
Views: 10043

In Modern Chinese you have reduplication for emphasis too: Ni3 yong3 yong3 bu hui4 de = You eternal(ly) eternal(ly) not able [nominalising particle]. Sometimes it is for diminution or a "cute" connotation: Ni3 zhuo4 bing1 xiang1 chou4 chou4 le0. = You make ice box (fridge) smelly smelly [perfective ...
by Michaelyus
Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death in Pompeii - Asphyxiation or Thermal Shock?
Replies: 13
Views: 11903

I recall seeing a documentary which stated that in the city, people died from asphyxiation, and that people who had been able to flee the city and were close to the sea, were hit by a pyroclastic flow. In Herculaneum it is widely acknowledged that the lack of ash in the correct layer of earth indic...
by Michaelyus
Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Vocative of -eus adjectives and nouns
Replies: 11
Views: 2566

That's never happened to me before. Oh well - yes that's right.
by Michaelyus
Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Vocative of -eus adjectives and nouns
Replies: 11
Views: 2566

Aurī (i), but Orpheū (u because Orepheus is Greek).

Source for former rule: Google cache.
by Michaelyus
Sun Jul 23, 2006 4:40 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death in Pompeii - Asphyxiation or Thermal Shock?
Replies: 13
Views: 11903

Death in Pompeii - Asphyxiation or Thermal Shock?

BBC said in Pompeii the Last Day (on a few years back here in Britain) that people died slowly from asphyxiation since no pyroclastic flow came into the city and that they were found in a life-like position. Pompeii Live (Channel 5, aired in May?) said that the position that they were preserved in w...
by Michaelyus
Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Complementary Infinitive vs. Objective Infinitive
Replies: 1
Views: 648

Not being a real master of grammar, I'm not really in a position to say. With the complemetary: we --- ought ---> give ----> help ----> miserable ones . The objective: farmer --- teaches ----> ( slaves ----> to work ) I would say that the sense of each main verb determines the structure of what foll...
by Michaelyus
Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:41 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Hella
Replies: 38
Views: 8655

Does Punjabi have a tap?

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/gurmuki.htm

That says that it has a retroflex flap.

But then again, the tap as a seperate phoneme is not recognised by IPA.
by Michaelyus
Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: complementary infinitive vs. objective infinitive
Replies: 12
Views: 5307

PUER CLARUS ESSE DESEDERAT : The boy wants to be famous. Boy ---> famous Complement Nominative, but only becuase there's no object . PUER AMICUM CLARUM ESSE DESEDERAT : The boy wants [his] friend to be famous Boy --> (Friend ---> Famous) Objective Nominative and accusative, because there is the obje...
by Michaelyus
Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Hella
Replies: 38
Views: 8655

Now I don't mean to be chauvinistic, but describing it as "Cockney" is now outmoded. I've heard many a West Londoner (who has never been to Bow) use a glottal stop for a "t". Not that I condone it of course... I agree that it's an alveolar tap. In almost all exaggerated American accents I've heard i...
by Michaelyus
Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Hella
Replies: 38
Views: 8655

"Helləva" is more common over this side of the Atlantic, which betrays its etymology.
by Michaelyus
Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: national spelling bee
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

We have nothing like a National Spelling Bee over here in England, though there were some televised programs (Hard Spell - BBC).

I was wondering, does the American National Spelling Bee have a single dictionary source and correct pronunciation - here the OED provides both.
by Michaelyus
Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Greetings to all
Replies: 6
Views: 1378

Nihao, Wangwei.

Ni zai Shanghai Daxue xue shenme?

Wo ye shi zhongguoren, danshi wo shengchu zai Yingguo, zheli zhangda de.

Ni ladin wen hen bang - ni cai xue de bannian?

Wo zhu ni zouyun xue guxila he ladin wen.
by Michaelyus
Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: SPQR Restaurant
Replies: 6
Views: 1191

Garum has a very good parallel in Oriental cuisine.

Apparently, the Romans quite enjoyed sweet and sour combinations.
nostos wrote:roasted mice, livers of chaffinch (!), and feet of dove
I've never tried roasted mice, or chaffinch liver, but duck liver is quite popular, as well as whole dove (or pigeon).
by Michaelyus
Sat May 13, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Basic Question: Active into Passive
Replies: 12
Views: 2927

The idea I think is the same; both are translated like this, except that Latin cannot give the emphasis of "The teacher was given a book by him" on the teacher. I don't know if this is a cultural thing - giving (dative) being seen as distant and so never at the centre of things (never the subject). ...
by Michaelyus
Mon May 08, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Learning by heart
Replies: 23
Views: 4796

The ultimate aim of course is to internalise everything and allow the language to live within our minds. You can do it by learning paradigms by rote. But some people may prefer to do it differently.
by Michaelyus
Thu May 04, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Well that was alarming.
Replies: 54
Views: 11793

I dislike spiders, but I don't loathe them. I do however feel that I am better than any spider that invades my ceiling, "morally superior" if you will. But then, I feel like that about most humans that I dislike.
by Michaelyus
Thu May 04, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Learning by heart
Replies: 23
Views: 4796

Learning to recognise paradigms and forms is of the utmost importance. This is often just as important as learning vocabulary and syntax.
by Michaelyus
Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:50 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Graduate programs in the UK
Replies: 1
Views: 1145

Undergraduate at Cambridge is quite easy to get into, I think. After all, there is one course where you can turn up with no qualifications in Latin and show "enthusiasm" and experience. Graduate-wise, I wouldn't know. It is likely extremely rare to find a non-Oxbridge Classics PhD. But undergrad. co...
by Michaelyus
Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Whats easier to learn?
Replies: 85
Views: 22853

Salve pjj1020,

As self-appointed unauthorised taskmaster:

Recita suffixa declinationis verbae "agricola".

Dic anglice:
Puella est magna.
Agricola in taberna est.
Ubi vivant regina?
Quoniam puellam laudas, cum agricolis est filia.

Dic latina:
They praise the queen.
We are warning the girls.
by Michaelyus
Sun Apr 30, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: All the uses of the cases (and their names)
Replies: 2
Views: 919

All the uses of the cases (and their names)

What are the other uses of the cases? E.g. ethic dative, ablative of instrument. Are their names standardised?

I'm requesting a comprehensive list if at all possible.
by Michaelyus
Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Whats easier to learn?
Replies: 85
Views: 22853

This stuffy reprimandation is directed solely at our Bishop. That is illogical and unfounded. Just becuase s/he lives in a modern age and is 13, you automatically ASSUME dogmatically that s/he will not be able to learn Latin. Oh, and: Die Suche nach "vtgangen" lieferte keine Treffer Überprüfen Sie...
by Michaelyus
Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: could someone who knows german translate this for me?
Replies: 4
Views: 1478

raschy = rasch = rush(edly) markirt = markedly (marqué) festlich = festively ballmassig = bulkedly These are tempo markings for each of the Novelletten; Romantic to be sure (as Schumann was) but characterised tempo markings. Thus: Markirt und kräftig, F-Dur = allegro marcato Äußerst rasch und mi...
by Michaelyus
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Whats easier to learn?
Replies: 85
Views: 22853

Actually, I think Greek verb tenses are as close, if not closer, to English, than Latin. But I've only glanced at Latin grammar. I actually find the Greek subjunctive and optative combined easier than the French subjunctive (I have no idea how hard the Latin subjunctive is), but this is probably be...
by Michaelyus
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:44 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Mea culpa! A call to confession.
Replies: 27
Views: 8388

I don't know if I qualify for this thread (there are far too many bad habits), but anyway: I never make time for Latin. I haven't devoted any time to it - it is only a filler. This is probably my number one concern, and it is eroding my Latin. My reliance on parsing. Yes, I do know most of my gramma...
by Michaelyus
Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: modern Greek pronunciation of ancient Greek
Replies: 16
Views: 5906

De lingua ouium/ovium Sheepish was a slightly more synthetic language, and was pitch based. However, with the adoption of industry in humans of the species Homo sapiens it has become more timbre-based, and aggultinative. Of course, synthetic elements still remain but the demand for quick communicati...
by Michaelyus
Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Whats easier to learn?
Replies: 85
Views: 22853

Salve pjj1020! I am a teenager learning Latin without any teacher. Yes, Latin is slightly easier at this stage principally because: alphabet tenses similar to English moods (i.e. indicative, subjunctive, imperative) near to English Later on however the differences do seem to even out; Greek accidenc...
by Michaelyus
Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:14 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Gospel of Judas
Replies: 30
Views: 6713

by Michaelyus
Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Roman pronounciation of Greek
Replies: 5
Views: 1467

I speculate that the very well-educated did so quite well, in the proper Greek way; and the rest didn't care at all.
by Michaelyus
Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: on cartoons
Replies: 22
Views: 4193

I certainly find it quite offensive, but I cetainly also would not destroy buildings over it. I think that though freedom of speech can be imposed, people have a right to faith, ideas, ideals. The faculty of ignorance is one that is widely encouraged, I feel, in the "West", where there is quite a lo...